Posted September 13, 2013

Three and Out: Texas Tech’s defense stuffs TCU in a penalty-marred contest

TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Three and Out
Baker Mayfield led the Red Raiders' attack before being knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter. (Michael Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

Baker Mayfield led the Red Raiders’ attack before being knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter. (Michael Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

It won’t always be this easy for the Red Raiders, but games like their 20-10 victory over No. 24 TCU on Thursday night show that Texas Tech needs to be taken a little seriously this season. First-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury is running a fast, quick-hitting offense that falls in line with the type of attacks we were used to seeing in the Big 12. With a freshman quarterback in Baker Mayfield, it’s only going to get better against teams with a bit more give defensively than the stout Horned Frogs, who held Mayfield to 216 yards through the air and forced three interceptions. TCU also knocked Mayfield out of the game and fellow freshman Davis Webb stepped up, completing three of his four passes for 77 yards and the go-ahead score.

Here are three quick takeaways — aside from foxes and Hollywood Kliff – to send you home from Tech’s upset win.

Red Raider D: Last year, Texas Tech gave up 50 or more points four times. The team allowed an average of 31.76 points per game and ranked 61st in defensive S&P. Through three games, the Red Raiders look like a completely different team.

They’ve given up just 46 total points in the first three contests, and TCU had 193 passing yards and at one point was just 1-of-11 on third down (it finished 4-of-16). While some of this might be due to competition — SMU almost lost to Montana State last week and Stephen F. Austin lost to Weber State in its only other game – it’s a positive sign regardless. Trevone Boykin had some solid games as a freshman for TCU, and he looked lost against a Texas Tech defense that was practically daring him to beat it over the top.

• Penalties: It’s not going to be fun for both teams to run the film next week. They combined for 23 penalties, good for 205 yards, and many of the yellow flags came out on big plays that led to stalled drives. TCU’s offensive line was a noteworthy offender, especially in the first half when at one point the Horned Frogs were left with a first and 30.  Not to mention that the refs were unfortunately a talking point — ESPN’s Jesse Palmer  actually said “Where are we?” at one juncture — botching reviews and generally calling a paranormal game.

It’s particularly tough for young quarterbacks like Boykin and Mayfield to get in a rhythm when they’re forced to march backwards ad nauseam. You don’t expect teams to play a perfect game, but you do hope whistles (and the officials in general) won’t have a definitive impact.

Pachall on the sidelines: Coming into the season, TCU planned to start Casey Pachall and bring in Boykin in an NBA sixth-man, microwave type of role. But with Pachall out at least two months after breaking his nonthrowing arm, Boykin was thrust into the starter’s role, a position he established last year after Pachall was suspended.

Boykin has a lot of athletic talent, but he’s still raw, and he needs to learn when to stay in the pocket and when to tuck and run. There were multiple times on Thursday when Boykin choose poorly, including one instance when he slid before the first down and heard about it from coach Gary Patterson. If TCU is going to hang around in the Big 12, Boykin needs to focus his potential and engineer more sustained drives to give the Horned Frogs defense some rest.

28 comments
David90
David90

@TCUfan I guess the Big 12 has found new extremely delusional fans to replace the aggies.  You embarrassed yourself about 5 comments ago.  Do your school a favor and zip it. 

Oh and, "Gig em Frogs"!!

Cool
Cool

So let me try to understand what TCU fan's are saying here:  They all agree the officiating was horrible on both sides of the ball, but it only adversely hurt TCU and not one of the calls hurt TT?  Is that how it works now... only the team that loses game got duped?  Come on, any good coach will tell you if his team had played the game they were suppose to, the outcome would have been better, no matter how bad the officiating. 

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

Can't speak for the entire history of college football, but I do know this was hands down the worst officiated game I've seen in my 60 years. Both sides were affected, but TCU clearly got the worst of it (based on effects, most announcers/analysts, and even Tech'sown VTM blog. That said, the FROGS offense has been terrible in the 1st half of all 3 of their games... lethargic and unimaginative. Truth in the old belief that if you can't play well enough to overcome bad calls, don't blame loss on officials. TCU is still the better team, but they have to shake off the cobwebs and get better play-calling; they're probably out of conference contention already. Tech is good but not great; this season looks exactly like their last; early wins gave them false hopes until they collapsed late. No class in their fans storming the field and yelling obscenities on TV.

TxTechFanRRS
TxTechFanRRS

ESPN’s Jesse Palmer  actually said “Where are we?”  You were in the black hole also known as Jones AT&T Stadium!  #GunsUp #TexasTech #RedRaiders #TYFR #ATMO

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"... show that Texas Tech needs to be taken a little seriously this season." Perhaps, but let's not forget three horrible calls that went against TCU. That's how they really won the game.

TCUfan
TCUfan

Does anyone yet understand the call when the Tech player dropped the ball on the one yard line and it rolled onto the end zone, yet the officials gave the ball back to Tech? I'm waiting for an explanation form the head of Big 12 officials. Clearly, it should have been a touch back. Everyone in the booth said it was a touchback.

l.czolgosz66
l.czolgosz66

I hope the referees got the game ball, they earned it.

Blinker
Blinker

Refs determined the outcome of this game as much as the teams did.  The HORRIBLE kick  

interference call late in the 4th quarter and the clear missed fumble call one or two plays later by Tech because they snapped the ball to the next play quickly (still reviewed upstairs) made it impossible for TCU to try to even the score.  Neither of these schools are my team, but the refs should not be a factor in who actually wins the games.  Get the calls right and be just with them to let the players show who should truly be the victor.


WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Loved the jig doing the throat slash last night for tech.   so awesome ......powerhouse team now.

bbq4tw
bbq4tw

Looks as if my Horned Frogs are in for a long season on offense

TCUfan
TCUfan

I see you bashing a lot of schools and fans, but have never heard who you support. Who is it now? Whoever happens to win that day?

TCUfan
TCUfan

@TxTechFanRRS Don't worry, someday you'll get to a BCS game. Well, probably not, but....

BTW, they won 6 games against FBS schools last year, Tech won 6 and played TWO FCS schools

MaryStricker
MaryStricker

@TCUfan That is not what they were saying in the booth. They said it SHOULD BE THE RULE that it is TCU's ball...but since the ref signaled TD and ended the play the ball (basically like a "down by contact" call), by rule in college ball, is spotted at the point of the fumble and possession is retained.

TCUfan
TCUfan

@l.czolgosz66 Perhaps the worst officiated game in the history of college football.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

If they have to keep playing against opponents that are 21 strong on the field (13 wearing helmets, 8 wearing stripes), you're right.

David90
David90

@TCUfan I'm not bashing schools, I'm bashing moronic cry baby fans like you. And nice try attempting to change the topic to fair weather fans, which I am not in the slightest bit.  Born in Chicago, love the Bears, lived in Dallas 30 years, biggest die hard Mavs fan you'll ever meet, had season tix through all the lean years, went to Tech, loved them while they stink and win and will always...... getting the drift?  

The refs didn't lose that game for TCU.  Your QB had a terrible game is very questionable as a starting QB in a challenging conference.  His decision making is quite suspect.  He'll improve because he's young, but he relies on OK athleticism and doesn't make the reads yet.  The rest of the team is quite impressive and you have a very good coach.  Problem is the QB dominates the ball he's a C+ player at best right now. 

TxTechFanRRS
TxTechFanRRS

@TCUfan Actually, Tech won 8 games last year and only one of those games was against an FCS school (NWST).  Tx State was and is an FCS school.  Your facts are more like spin and opinions, but again good effort by a well educated TCU fan.

TCUfan
TCUfan

It was obviously an officiating screw up. It should have NEVER been ruled a touchdown to begin with except the ref had his head up his butt.

TxTechFanRRS
TxTechFanRRS

@UleNotknow Excellent display of your football knowledge, but there are only 11 on the field wearing helmets.  

Bad calls went against both teams.  That was a great defensive effort by Tech.  Trying to minimize the first 3+ quarters where TCU barely broke the 50, and then blame it all on the refs is ridiculous.  

Welcome to the Big 12 TCU, and hope you still don't think you're going to waltz right in and win the conference.  3-8 vs. your last 11 FBS opponents, eh?   It's a grind week in and week out.  

TxTechFanRRS
TxTechFanRRS

@TCUfan According to this Dennis Dodd's article, the supervisor of the Big 12 refs agreed with the calls that were made. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/writer/dennis-dodd/23632558/big-12-officials-got-it-right-in-controversial-calls-in-tcutexas-tech

When an actual egregious screwup occurs with the refs, the conference reprimands the crew.  (See ASU v. Wisconsin - http://college-football.si.com/2013/09/16/pac-12-reprimands-officials-wisconsin-arizona-state-ending/?sct=cf_t2_a4)

Therefore your gripe is null and void.  

TCUfan
TCUfan

@TxTechFanRRS @TCUfan Nice to see your call analysis doesn't agree with a single other person!. But if I went to that shithole called Tech, I'g be delusional also.

TxTechFanRRS
TxTechFanRRS

@TCUfan You can rant and rave all day long but the facts are the facts.  Tech is 3-0 and TCU is 1-2.  Yes I acknowledge that TCU has made a BCS bowl but so has Northern Illinois.  Fact is, you are now in the Big 12 and your results IN THIS CONFERENCE will determine the pecking order.  So far Tech is 2-0 against TCU since they joined the Big 12 and something like 13-5 in our last 18 meetings.


Re: Your Botched Calls:

Called back punt return:  He waived not one but both arms and one arm went above his head. Actually the announcers were split on their interpretation


Punt catch interference:  Call was not made on #16 who did attempt to get out of the way, it was made because the 2nd guy #23 didn't allow the 1 yard cushion in front of the returner.  Only remember the announcers talking about the 1st guy, #16, so not sure if they knew why it was called to begin with.  


Non-called fumble on Kenny Williams:  Could not tell for sure with the angles on the replay and the ruling on the field was down by contact.  Not a blown call because there wasn't indisputable video evidence.  Announcers were split on this one as well.


Dropped ball at the endzone and Tech retains possession:  Correct call again.  Ball died in the end zone and no one from either team picked up the ball.  Had (a) the ball rolled out of the back of the endzone or (b) a TCU player immediately picked up the ball, then (c) it would be a touchback as you state.  However since neither of those happened, possession is retained by the offense at the spot of the fumble (or 1 yard line) and then the celebration penalty was enforced from there.  Tech ball at the 16 yard line.  Announcers said they didn't like the rule, but that it was the correct call.


Revisionist history I know, and you are sounding a bit like an Aggie.  


The better team won last night.  Again, welcome to the Big 12 as we now have a home game against you guys every year since we fill up >50% of Amon Carter Stadium with our huge DFW alumni base.

TCUfan
TCUfan

@TxTechFanRRS @UleNotknow Calls against both teams? LOL ALL of the announcers said the called back punt return for a TD, the punt catch interference, the non called fumble and the dropped ball at the one and the eventual placement were BLOWN calls. Now which of the calls against Tech resulted in at least a 14 point swing against them?