As if you needed one more reminder of the new order of college football in the state of Texas, No. 4 TCU (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) hammered Texas (1-4, 0-2 Big 12) in Fort Worth this afternoon. TCU’s 50-7 victory over Texas put to rest some of the concerns over TCU’s defense a week after escaping Lubbock with a wild win against texas Tech. At Texas, a 1-4 start has already put the thoughts of missing the postseason entirely to reality.
TCU quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Trevone Boykin ended his day with 332 yards and five touchdowns through the air, and another 52 rushing yards for good measure. Boykin had three touchdown passes in the first quarter alone, when TCU stomped on Texas with a 30-0 quarter. The quarterback situation for texas is not nearly as good. Tyrone Swoopes completed five of eight attempts for 74 yards, and Jerrod Heard completed just eight of his 20 passes for 48 yards. Two TCU receivers, Josh Doctson and KaVontae Turpin, had over 100 receiving yards and the two combined for six touchdown catches.
The start for Texas was about as bad as it could be. The Longhorns fumbled away the football on their second play on offense and a special teams mishap turned into a safety to give TCU two more points on their second possession. By the time the Longhorns put a dent on the scoreboard, in the fourth quarter, TCU had already scored 50 points.
Patience at Texas is essential for any rebuilding work to be done by head coach Charlie Strong, or any coach for that matter. The question is how much patience will Strong be given, and will it be enough to allow Strong to work his plan. You know things are bad when the TV announcers on the call for the game have to fill time by defending why Strong should hold on to his job as head coach of the Longhorns. Texas is three losses away from being eliminated from postseason consideration, and this Longhorns team still has to play Baylor, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas Tech.
Good luck Charlie. You’re going to need it.
TCU’s next test will come on the road next week against Kansas State. The two biggest games of the season for TCU may not come until the final weeks with a road game at an emerging Oklahoma and a home game to wrap up the regular season against Baylor.