Heading into halftime in their game with SMU on Friday night, No. 4 TCU hardly looked like one of the top teams in College Football this year. They led the Mustangs 14-10 and were struggling to get their high-powered offense rolling. SMU had won five straight at home and appeared to be on their way to a huge upset. But the Horned Frogs bounced back in the second half and went on to a 41-24 win.
TCU fell behind 17-14 early in the third quarter after quarterback Andy Dalton tossed his second interception of the game. But Dalton bounced back and led the Horned Frogs to touchdowns on their next three possessions and the lead was too much for the Mustangs to overcome. TCU head coach Gary Patterson was just happy to get out of there with a victory despite all the mistakes his team made.
“I’m very happy with the win,” Patterson said. “But I’m disappointed with some of the mistakes.”
The Mustangs jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the opening quarter as Kyle Padron connected with Aldrick Robinson for a 23-yard touchdown pass. TCU would respond on a 2-yard touchdown run by Matthew Tucker to tie the game at 7. Waymon James would add another touchdown run in the second quarter to put TCU ahead 14-7, but SMU would get a field goal with 21 seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 4 heading into halftime.
SMU would regain the lead quickly in the third when Bradley Haynes hauled in a 1-yard touchdown pass from Padron to give SMU a 17-14 lead. But TCU responded as Dalton found Bart Johnson on an 11-yard touchdowns pass which was the first of three unanswered touchdowns by the Horned Frogs.
Despite getting the win, TCU’s usually strong defense allowed their most points, most yards (361), most rushing yards (192) and had their fewest sacks of the year (1). TCU managed just 375 yards on offense and Dalton was not up to par in the win after throwing for only 174 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
TCU has now extended their regular season win streak to 18 games and has won 30 of 33 overall. SMU continued their struggles with ranked teams and is now just 1-30-1 in their last 32 games.
Zach Line was the offensive standout for SMU as he rushed for 139 yards and 1 touchdown against a TCU team that is usually stout against the run. Padron finished with 169 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception.
TCU will play at Colorado State next Saturday.