Texas 10, TCU 7
The Longhorns scored first on a 3-yard run by Malcolm Brown. That’s as far as they had to go on the drive — safety Adrian Phillips recovered a fumble by quarterback Trevone Boykin. Texas blitzed two defensive backs on the play, Phillips from the right edge and Quandre Diggs from the left.
Diggs and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat both got to Boykin. Diggs was credited with the sack. Tackle Chris Whaley had sacked Boykin two plays earlier.
Texas added a 43-yard field goal by Anthony Fera on its next possession. Case McCoy completed a 21-yard pass to Jaxon Shipley on the drive, and TCU contributed defensive holding and facemack penalites. Texas settled for the field goal after McCoy didn’t have enough zip on a throw to Kendall Sanders on third down, the ball falling incomplete.
TCU jumped right back into the game with a 38-yard trick-play touchdown. Quarterback Casey Pachall threw to Cameron Echols-Luper behind the line of scrimmage. Luper-Echols then lofted a pass to a wide-open LaDarius Brown. Texas safety Josh Turner was caught far behind Brown on the play.
Halftime: Texas 20, TCU 7
Texas scored its second touchdown of the game on a 65-yard pass from McCoy to Marcus Johnson — on third-and-10. Johnson beat two defenders deep along the left side with the same wheel route play he scored on against Oklahoma on the right side. That possession started for Texas when linebacker Steve Edmond intercepted Pachall at the Texas 15.
Then, the rains came. And the lightning. With 6:08 left in the half.
Three hours and five minutes later, the Longhorns added a 37-yard field goal by Fera on the final play of the half. The field goal was set up with a 44-yard pass from McCoy to Mike Davis.
Texas 27, TCU 7
The Longhorns increased their lead with an 89-yard drive. Brown scored on a 3-yard run, but the big play was a 43-yard pass from McCoy to Johnson. TCU helped with a pass interference penalty, and Johnathan Gray carried twice for 24 yards.
McCoy completed four passes of 30 yards or longer in the first three quarters — two to Johnson, one to Davis, one to Kendall Sanders.
But McCoy did suffer a relapse, becoming the gunslinger without a gun he was in past seasons. He threw two interceptions on deep balls in the third quarter.
Final: Texas 30, TCU 7
The boxscore will show that Fera’s 36-yard field goal was pretty much it for Texas in the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t. Freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes made his Longhorns debut; he didn’t attempt a pass, but did have an 8-yard run for a first down amid his handoffs to Joe Bergeron, who came in for late-game duty after losing fumbles in the Iowa State and Oklahoma games.
Fera’s kick — his third of the game — came as a result of a fumbled punt, which set Texas up in excellent field position. Fera’s soaring punt was misplayed by the Horned Frogs’ returner, who had called for a fair catch. Leroy Scott ended up with the ball.
— Mark Rosner
How Texas’ and TCU’s key offensive stars fared:
Case McCoy;QB;Casey Pachall
9-19-228, 1/2;;13-34-139, 0/1
Johnathan Gray;RB;B.J. Catalon
Mike Davis;WR;Cam White