Another week of football is here and what a day it has been in the Big 12. Texas pulled out a win late against Iowa State at home while Oklahoma had a high scoring game against Kansas earlier in the day.
Those two games would end up being appetizers to the game in Fort Worth. Inside Amon G. Carter Stadium was a top 15 matchup between two undefeated teams. There was plenty of drama to go around in this double overtime thriller. In the end, TCU would up victorious as they take control of the Big 12. Here are my four thoughts on TCU’s 43-40 win over Oklahoma State.
1. TCU Had an Epic Comeback
It was a tough start for TCU early on in the game. The Horned Frogs found themselves down 14-0 in the first quarter. TCU’s offense racked up plenty of yards but failed to show it on the scoreboard. They had to settle for field goals in the first half and the defense had a tough time with Oklahoma State’s offense. At the end of the first half, the Cowboys had a 24-10 lead.
But then something happened for TCU. I am not sure what was said at halftime from Sonny Dykes, but it worked. The defense buckled down and instead of giving up touchdowns, they gave up just six points in the final two quarters. Meanwhile, the offense found life in the fourth quarter scoring 14 points to send the game to overtime. Both teams would trade a pair of touchdowns in the first overtime before TCU’s Kendre Miller punched in the winning score in the second. Somehow this team dug deep and found a way to win a tough one. TCU deserves a tip of the cap because of their effort on Saturday. What a game and what a win.
2. Oklahoma State Collapsed
As good as TCU’s comeback was, the collapse for Oklahoma State had to be tough for Oklahoma State fans to watch. They were up by 14 points at halftime and then they struggled to hold on to their lead late in the game. While Spencer Sanders looked great in the first half, he struggled to get the offense back on track in the second half. After putting up 24 points in the first two quarters, the offense failed to score a touchdown in the second half. Combine that with the defensive meltdown in the fourth quarter and it turned into a disaster for Oklahoma State on the road.
At times, I felt like Oklahoma State put the offense on cruise control in the second half instead of stomping their foot on the gas pedal. Also, this was by far the worst defense Oklahoma State has played since the Central Michigan game. There is no excuse for this team to blow a lead like that and it will be interesting to see how they respond next week against Texas.
3. The Duo of Max Duggan and Quentin Johnston is Tough to Stop
Last week, TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston had his big breakout game of the year against Kansas. Against the Jayhawks, he had 206 receiving yards with a score. He followed that up with 180 yards and a touchdown against an even better defense on Saturday. It has been crucial for this offense to get Johnston more involved because he is one of the best receivers in the Big 12. In fact, one can argue that he is the best.
As for the man throwing him the ball, he isn’t too shabby either. Max is having a career year in Forth Worth with this new coaching staff. Sure, he was a bit shaky at times against Oklahoma State’s defense (who isn’t) but when the game was on the line, he delivered in a big way. Max is one of the toughest quarterbacks I have seen in the Big 12 and he is just a fighter who never stops. Good luck to those defenses trying to slow down these two elite players when the football is in their hands.
4. Is TCU the Best Team in the Big 12?
If you weren’t in a believer in TCU before this game, you probably feel different after beating a top ten Oklahoma State team on Saturday. I know this team has had their ups and downs this season but at the end of the day, they are the only undefeated team in the Big 12 right now. TCU is 6-0 after the win and 3-0 in conference play. They have a huge matchup again next Saturday against Kansas State and if they win that game, they will be the clear-cut favorite to win the Big 12. I never thought I would be saying that about this team this season but the Big 12 has been a wild roller coaster ride so far this year.