TCU dominated Texas in the second half after trailing 17-13 at halftime on the strength of Gary Patterson’s 2nd half adjustments that crippled the Longhorn offense, TCU’s exploitation of Todd Orlando falling into old bad habits, and 4 uncharacteristic turnovers in the Longhorn passing game (two on Ehlinger, two on Longhorn receivers running poor routes).
Trailing 30-27 with plenty of time left to mount a comeback, the Longhorns had a chance to rescue victory from the jaws of defeat. The Longhorn defense had to do its part.
After TCU converted a 3rd and 11 early in their drive, Texas stiffened.
On 3rd and 14 at the 2:34 mark, Todd Orlando zero blitzed. it couldn’t have been more telegraphed if it had come in as Morse Code.
TCU QB Max Duggan hit a receiver iso’d on true freshman safety Tyler Owens for a new set of downs and set up the ensuing scamper for a game icing TD (as Longhorn LB Juwan Mitchell blew containment).
If a zero blitz with the game on the line seems familiar, yep. It was. 3rd and 17 against LSU and all of that.
Deja vu all over again.
Tom Herman and this staff have some hard questions to answer during the bye week.
The problem is, they don’t seem to be aware of the right questions to ask.