Frogs stun Sooners
FORT WORTH - Walking across the TCU campus Saturday on the way to Amon G. Carter Stadium, a sign hung by a fraternity simply read, "OU has Ebola."
OU may not have Ebola, but the Sooners certainly weren't immune to Upset Weekend in college football.
A bizarre game fit right into a bizarre weekend that saw three of the top four teams in the country fall. Ten minutes after TCU's 37-33 victory over the No. 3 Sooners, the only Horned Frog fans who weren't still cheering in their seats were the ones who stormed the field.
The only unit not to blame was the special teams. The defense and offense took turns blowing this one.
In the first half, OU's supposedly stout defense looked totally lost. The worst part is that the breakdowns occurred way downfield and thus resulted in big plays. Nobody was within 20 yards of TCU's B.J. Catalon on his 39-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter. Same thing with Deante' Gray's 29-yard score in the third, and those weren't the only examples. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is a veteran who made several nice throws, but for him to wind up with 318 yards requires some serious defensive lapses.
The Oklahoma defense figured it out and shut down the Horned Frogs for the final 22 minutes after allowing 31 points in the first 38 minutes. The strangest aspect of this game was that just as the defense turned it on, the Oklahoma offense instantly went from unstoppable to un-go-able.
Quarterback Trevor Knight looked great in the first half, hitting Sterling Shepard for several big gains and using his legs to scramble for extra throwing time or drive-sustaining first downs. And Oklahoma opened the second half by running it right down TCU's throat, going 80 yards in 11 plays, only three of which were passes.