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QB Alex Delton has left the TCU football team

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Alex Delton began the 2019 campaign as TCU’s starting quarterback.  As the regular season winds to a close, Delton will end it on the outside of the Horned Frogs roster looking in.

At his press conference Tuesday, Gary Patterson confirmed that Delton informed him and his coaching staff that he will not play for the Horned Frogs the remainder of the year and has left the football program.  While no specific reason for the divorce was given, the fact that Delton, who grad transferred in from Kansas State this past offseason, was seemingly third on the depth chart after beginning the season atop it would be a good place to start.

Delton, who started six games during his time with the Wildcats, played in six games for the Horned Frogs this season, starting the first two of those contests before losing his job.  He completed just over 50 percent of his passes for 318 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.

With Delton’s departure, TCU has now lost two quarterbacks in less than a week.  Late last week, it was confirmed that prized 2018 signee Justin Rogers informed the coaches that he has left the program.

With the twin losses, TCU suddenly finds itself in a precarious signal-calling position heading into this weekend’s game against unbeaten and 11th-ranked Baylor.  TCU’s top two quarterbacks, starter Max Duggan (hand) and backup Mike Collins (ribs), both sustained injuries in last Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State.  Earlier this week, Patterson was mum on whether either would be available in Week 11, although Patterson was somewhat optimistic Tuesday that Duggans will be healthy enough to go.

Should neither be able to go, Matthew Downing, a walk-on transfer from Georgia who began the year as the team’s No. 4 quarterback, would get the start.  In four games at UGA last season, Downing completed eight-of-10 passes for 88 yards; he has yet to attempt a pass at TCU.

Matthew Baldwin, a transfer from Ohio State, is also on the roster and received an immediate-eligibility waiver shortly after the season started, but is unavailable following knee surgery.

TCU losing prized four-star 2018 QB signee to transfer

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The crown jewel of TCU’s 2018 recruiting class will apparently ply his football wares elsewhere moving forward.

First reported by 247Sports.com, it has subsequently been confirmed by other media outlets that Justin Rogers has informed TCU coaches that he is leaving Gary Patterson‘s football program.  The redshirt freshman could always pull his name from the portal, but, in this case, that appears to be a longshot.

A four-star signee, Rogers was rated as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the country; the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Louisiana; and the No. 43 recruit overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.  He was the highest-rated member of the Horned Frogs’ class that year.

Rogers suffered a severe knee injury during his senior year of high school that ultimately led to a case of drop-foot for the player as a true freshman.  The recovery from those ongoing issues have contributed to Rogers’ positioning deep down on the depth chart.

Rogers did make one appearance as a true freshman, completing his only pass attempt in TCU’s Cheez-It Bowl win over Cal.  He hadn’t seen the field at all this season.

Big 12 fines K-State, TCU, reprimands Kansas over Week 9 field-storming incidents

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A weekend of upsets in the Big 12 that hurt the conference’s playoff chances also put a dent in a couple of members’ bank accounts, although we’re quite certain each was glad to cough up the cash for the greater good.

Over the course of the afternoon and on into last Saturday night, unranked Kansas State stunned No. 5 Oklahoma in Manhattan; unranked TCU dropped No. 15 Texas in Fort Worth; and Kansas scored its first win over Texas Tech since 2001 and its first-ever win over the Red Raiders in Lawrence.

All three of the wins resulted in fans storming the respective fields. All three of the field-storming incidents also caught the attention of the Big 12 office, which announced on Wednesday that each of the home universities involved has been issued a public reprimand.

Additionally, as this wasn’t their first such incident, both K-State and TCU were slapped with fines of $25,000 each.

“Our institutions have a duty to provide a safe game environment,” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “Although the Big 12 does not currently have a policy prohibiting spectators from entering playing areas for post-game celebrations, it is of utmost importance that home game management provides adequate security measures for our student-athletes, coaches, game officials and spectators. That expectation includes providing safe passage from the playing field to the locker room, and protection of the visiting team bench area.”

Report says TCU OT Lucas Niang will undergo season-ending hip surgery

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TCU’s big upset of Texas on Saturday may have proven to be extra costly to the Horned Frogs longterm this season.

According to a report from Pro Football Network, offensive tackle Lucas Niang will undergo a season-ending surgery in the coming days to repair a torn hip labrum. He apparently saw a specialist earlier in the week but still decided to play against the Longhorns prior to going under the knife.

The news is a massive blow to the TCU offense, which put together their best performance of the season against UT in Fort Worth behind freshman QB Max Duggan. Niang has manned the right tackle slot the past several years and was expected to be one of the top offensive linemen taken in the first few days of the NFL Draft this coming spring.

Pro Football Network says that recovery time is roughly 3-4 months which means Niang’s career in purple is over as this was his senior campaign.

True freshman Andrew Coker appears destined to seeing more time as a result of Niang’s absence unless either left tackle Quazzel White or Anthony McKinney gets flipped to the other side. Either way, it’s a tough ending to one of TCU’s best players in recent years and puts a bit of a damper on that win over their in-state rivals on Saturday.

TCU picks Sam Ehlinger four times to beat No. 15 Texas

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TCU entered Saturday’s game with No. 15 Texas having forced five turnovers in six games. Sam Ehlinger entered with three interceptions in 255 attempts. Naturally, the Horned Frogs picked Ehlinger four times, and true freshman quarterback Max Duggan played a sensational second half to lead TCU to a 37-27 win in Fort Worth.

Ehlinger finished the day 22-of-48 for 321 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions, while Duggan overcame his early interception to go 19-of-27 for 273 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 13 times for a game-high 72 yards and the game-clinching touchdown.

The win is TCU’s (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) sixth in eight tries over Texas (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) — including three in a row in Fort Worth.

With the score knotted 20-20 with 4:25 to play in the third quarter, Ar’Darius Washington cut in front of a 3rd-and-7 Ehlinger pass at the Texas 44, TCU’s second pick of the day. The pick gave TCU a chance to take its second lead of the game and the Frogs immediately took advantage, as Jalen Reagor ran right pass cornerback D'Shawn Jamison and caught an easy 44-yard touchdown pass, putting the Frogs up 27-20.

Then, on the final play of the third quarter, TCU picked Ehlinger inside UT territory for the second time in the frame. It was truly a horrendous throw, as the junior forced a 2nd-and-13 throw to freshman tight end Jared Wiley; Trevon Moehrig had a better shot to catch it for TCU and catch it he did, handing TCU the ball at the Texas 36. The Texas defense held this time, forcing a 33-yard Jonathan Song field goal to go up 30-20 with 11:28 to play.

Needing a drive, Texas got one, as Ehlinger ran for two first downs over the course of 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that brought the Longhorns with 30-27 thanks to a 2-yard Roschon Johnson run with 6:50 to play.

A punt or even a field goal would have given Texas the ball with a chance to win the game, but instead the Frogs found pay dirt. True freshman Max Duggan converted a 3rd-and-11 from his own 24 with a 16-yard strike to John Stephens, Jr., and then hit the dagger — a 36-yard rainbow, on 3rd-and-14, in the face of a blitz, to Taye Barber, putting the ball at the Texas 11. Duggan did the deed himself one play later, putting TCU up 10 with 1:59 to play on a zone-read keeper.

Leading 3-0 in the first quarter, Texas appeared to take control when Brandon Jones became the first player to intercept Duggan and returned it near midfield, but freshman safety Tyler Owens was flagged for unnecessary roughness, taking the ball all the way back to the 12-yard line. That proved consequential when Garrett Wallow nabbed the first of Ehlinger’s quartet of interceptions at the Texas 32 and returned it to the 20, setting up Song’s 32-yard equalizer.

The score remained 3-3 until Duggan found Pro Wells for a 24-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-17, giving the Frogs a 10-3 lead at the 12:18 mark of the second quarter, a drive extended when nose guard Keondre Coburn erased a 3rd-and-5 incompletion by driving Duggan into the grass, drawing a drive-extending roughing call.

But as Duggan made up for his pick, so did Ehlinger, immediately responding by hitting Devin Duvernay for a 47-yard score, knotting the game at 10-10 with 10:57 to play in the half.

Texas then had another chance to take control of the game when Byron Vaughns forced Jalen Reagor to fumble on the ensuing kickoff, but the Longhorns could not capitalize as Ehlinger threw incomplete on 3rd-and-7 from the TCU 8 and Cameron Dicker‘s 26-yard field goal pushed wide left.

An exchange of punts gave TCU the ball at its own 2, but the Frogs got out of it when Duggan scrambled for 11 yards on 3rd-and-9 from his own 3, escaping a sack from Malcolm Roach deep inside his own end zone. The Frogs successfully flipped the field when Jake Smith muffed a punt, giving Texas the ball at its own 17. Taking over with 3:22 left before the half, Ehlinger marshaled an 8-play, 83-yard drive capped by a 17-yard toss to a wide open Keontay Ingram. Ehlinger closed the half 11-of-23 for 211 yards with two touchdowns and a pick, while Ingram totaled 77 yards on 12 touches.

TCU responded with a 52-yard field goal by Griffin Kell on the final play of the half — after Tom Herman iced an initial attempt that landed 20 yards wide.

Texas whiffed on another opportunity to take control early in the third quarter, when Duvernay ripped off a 63-yard catch, setting the ‘Horns up with a 1st-and-goal at the 6. Offensive pass interference on Collin Johnson (who otherwise played a sensational game with seven catches for 101 yards) pushed the ‘Horns backward and forced a 38-yard Dicker boot.

As has been so often the case in this increasingly-doomed Texas season, the defense surrendered the lead and did so quickly: a 51-yard bomb to Barber served as the key in a 5-play, 70-yard touchdown drive. Sewo Olonilua scored two plays after the Barber completion, and TCU never trailed again.