Hill's 75 completion percentage (63-of-84) ranks ninth in the nation and is on pace to set a TCU season record. That 49th carry was Anderson's 42-yard touchdown run. Hicks amassed almost 1,500 total yards and scored 14 touchdowns as a junior last season. We'll possess a far better understanding of how the Cowboys look on that side of the ball once TCU gets a crack at them. The Horned Frogs turned that into more points go up 27-10 and never looked back.
Gary Patterson is a defensive guy, as he will tell you. He's the first TCU player with consecutive 100-tackle seasons since 2003-04. So far this season, the rifleman has thrown the ball for nearly 1,200 yards with 11 touchdowns and only one interception.
It was the 11th conversion for TCU on third down out of 19 opportunities during the frustrating loss that had the Cowboys searching for answers. No FBS team had as many reach the feat in a game since 2005.
The big half for Barrett moved him into second place behind Art Schlichter for all-time passing yards at Ohio State. All totaled, he has reeled in a team-high 367 yards receiving on 13 catches with three trips to the end zone. P Zach Sinor is averaging 39 yards per punt, and the Cowboys are averaging 21 yards per kick return with five different returners.
After Oklahoma State's 3-0 start, there were those already looking ahead to the November 4 Oklahoma Sooners game.
Here's what we learned from a Top 25 showdown in the Big 12. If Oklahoma State lives up to Kramer's words throughout conference play, the odds are in the Cowboys' favor to bring home a conference championship, and possibly much more.
Michigan State opened the second half with a Matt Coghlin field goal, but Notre Dame answered that field goal and then some with a 9-yard Deon McIntosh touchdown run. "The fact that they trust us helps us to keep working and keep pushing so we can stay on the run game, because we know we excel in that area".
He finished 18 of 26 for 270 yards with one touchdown and one interception after throwing only one pass in Michigan's first three games. But this is one of those games where the underdog certainly has as good a shot as anybody, even with Oklahoma State being favored by 11.5 points. "For me, it's how do I stop it and how do I slow it down? You've got to go play".
Patterson recognizes Rudolph's weaponry, too. I thought the SMU game was going to be a battle. "Great job for only being a sophomore, giving us what we need", Patterson said. They throw the jump ball. The accurate passer will cause the Horned Frogs secondary fits if they dont find away to get some pressure up front.
TCU's win puts it in the Big 12 title conversation along with Oklahoma, while the Cowboys have catching up to do. Cal has non-conference wins at North Carolina and home for Ole Miss with a less than impressive win over Weber State in between.
The only discouraging part about TCU's stellar first half was the Frogs' inability to capitalize in the first quarter. Hill's career has seen a range of ups and downs. The Horned Frogs responded less than three minutes later themselves on a Darius Anderson touchdown catch, with two Oklahoma State personal fouls aiding the cause. He has been sacked just three times this season. Lincoln Riley's offense again was explosive, hitting five plays of 47 yards or longer. Gundy and his mullet, Rudolph and his rocket arm, the receivers who had been called the best group in the country.
The Horned Frogs can't be overlooked anymore.
"People handle failure better than they handle success", Patterson said on his postgame radio show. "They're a very good offense right now". Darnold made enough plays to win both, but also made enough mistakes to make scouts wonder about his #1 overall status. After recording a team-leading 73 receptions a year ago for 812 yards (second to Washington's 1,380) and seven touchdowns (second to Washington's 10), McCleskey had just five catches for 17 yards in Oklahoma State's first two games. The question for them will be if their defense can continue to keep up. The Rams are a solid team, and struggling against them isn't abnormal. "We play better that way".