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TCU's defense gave up more than just points

Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:31 am
Edited on: September 3, 2011 12:32 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Coming into the season off yet another undefeated season and victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, the biggest question mark surrounding TCU was quarterback Casey Pachall. Namely, would he be able to fill in the shoes of former Horned Frog signal-caller Andy Dalton? Well, following TCU's 50-48 loss to Baylor on Friday night, the quarterback position is no longer the biggest question mark in purple and black.

No, that would be the TCU defense. The unit that led that entire country in defense last season, and in five of the last eleven years, was putrid on Friday night. Robert Griffin and the Baylor offense were able to tear the TCU defense apart for 564 yards and 50 points. To put that in perspective, TCU hadn't given up more than 35 points in a game -- gave up 35 in a loss to Oklahoma in 2008 and again against San Diego State in a win last season -- since the 2007 season when it beat Stanford 38-36.

Baylor had 34 points at halftime on Friday night.

Now, you can say that the TCU defense played a lot better in the fourth quarter, and numbers wise, you'd be correct. TCU did force Baylor into a couple three-and-outs to get the Frogs back into the game, and then a fumble by Griffin set up the field goal that gave TCU the lead back. Of course, it could also be pointed out that Baylor made the mistake of going into the "prevent offense" on two of those drives. The Bears gave up on the passing game that had shredded the TCU secondary all night in favor of trying to run out the clock.

When Baylor was trailing and needed to move down the field to get in position for the game-winning field goal,though, it didn't have a lot of trouble doing so.

Now, as alarming as it may seem, we must remember that this is only the first game of the year. Upsets are common in the first week, and the TCU defense has plenty of time to get its act together and could still finish the season as one of the nation's best units. Still, even if that does happen, you have to think that this loss against Baylor puts a serious dent in TCU's chances to get back to a BCS bowl game this January, and a national title may already be a lost cause.

In other words, the TCU defense gave up a lot more than 50 points on Friday night.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:05 pm

TCU's defense gave up more than just points

I love how the guy two posts below this one says he knew TCU was overrated but yet he says Baylor will climb fast this season so what is your point?  If you say TCU is overrated and Baylor will climb fast but they beat TCU by 2 points then how high can they really climb in your mind?  Your statment makes no sense, both team are good, not great, but good and Robert Griffin in REALLY good.  Anyway, great game, great win by Baylor, in the NFL draft in 2012 I have said it since last year, you can have Andrew Luck or Landry Jones for your team, for mine I'll take Robert Griffin.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:45 pm

TCU's defense gave up more than just points

No such luck SEC HOMERSAM,  Boise will crush the bullpuppies and show why the Broncos should have been invited to a BCS conference and TCU should have been left back in the Mountain West.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 7:59 am

TCU's defense gave up more than just points

You can say that again, some of these schools they have in the preseason top 25 are a joke I knew TCU was overrated. Watch out for Baylor and that QB Griffin they have. That school is going to climb fast this season

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:39 am

TCU's defense gave up more than just points

Now if Georgia will just take care of Boise, we can all be spared hearing the the hairspray set say that strength of schedule doesn't matter and Boise and TCU should play for the national championship just because they like them.

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