There was a football game in Fort Worth today, but clearly, TCU was the only one that got the memo as the Horned Frogs blew out Oklahoma 55-24 on the afternoon.
TCU was electric on offense and stout defensively, while the Sooners looked lethargic on both sides of the ball and never seemed to get off the bus.
The win moves TCU to 4-0 and 1-0 in Big 12 play, while Oklahoma is now 3-2 and 0-2 in the Big 12. Here are three thoughts on the TCU victory and what it means for both teams moving forward.
TCU Dominates From Start to Finish
The Horned Frogs came out and “opened up a can of whoop-ass” on Oklahoma in Fort Worth today, and this game was over before it even got started. TCU’s offense piled up 668 yards of offense and 55 points on the Sooners’ porous defense. Defensively, TCU held the Sooners to 24 points and 355 yards of offense. From start to finish, the Horned Frogs looked like the better prepared and more explosive team today.
We have wondered what to think of Sonny Dyke’s Horned Frogs to this point in the year and a resounding victory on Saturday seemed to give us an answer: the Horned Frogs look like a contender and could be a legitimate threat to take home the Big 12 trophy in a couple of months. We also learned that the Oklahoma team that we saw through the first three weeks was nothing more than a product of playing bad teams.
The win was TCU’s first over Oklahoma since 2014 and its second win over the Sooners since joining the Big 12 in 2012.
Key Injuries Pile Up For Sooners
Not only did Oklahoma get whooped on the scoreboard, but they also lost several key players in this game. The first and most obvious loss was Dillon Gabriel, who took an unwarranted shot after sliding on a scramble early in the second half. Shortly after that, Sooners started to drop like flies. While injury severity hasn’t been confirmed as of this time, here is a list of players that Oklahoma had to send to the medical tent at some point in the game:
- Dillon Gabriel, QB
- Eric Gray, RB
- Wanya Morris, OL
- Anton Harrison, OL
- Andrew Raym, OL
- Theo Wease, WR
- Nic Anderson, WR
- Billy Bowman, DB
- Jaden Davis, DB
- Damond Harmon, DB
Running back Marcus Major was also inactive in this contest and is questionable moving forward. Needless to say, the Sooners’ injury status will be something to monitor going into the Red River Showdown next weekend.
TCU Trending Up, Oklahoma Trending Down
Looking ahead for both teams, this game was something of a trendsetter as TCU has now been validated at 4-0, while Oklahoma has now fallen to 0-2 in Big 12 play for just the second time since 1999. The Horned Frog offense, behind Max Duggan’s 418 yards of total offense and five touchdowns, looked extremely potent and a force to be reckoned with. It just looked as if TCU was the bigger, faster, and stronger team today in Fort Worth, and that is concerning if you are an Oklahoma fan. The Sooners have been outclassed in back-to-back weeks now, and there are major concerns on both sides of the ball. Next week, TCU will take its undefeated record on the road to Lawrence will it will face the upstart Kansas Jayhawks. Meanwhile, Oklahoma will try to find a way to bounce back against arch-rival Texas in the Cotton Bowl.