Tuesday, October 13, 2009
-I think the first thing that comes to a lot of TCU fans' minds when thinking about this game was ball-security. The Frogs fumbled three times (losing two of them...after fumbling twice last week against SMU) and dropped WAY too many passes. Obviously the frigid temperatures and precipitation might have played a role in this, but by turning the ball over three times the Frogs nearly gave the game away. This cannot continue to be a problem.
-Kudos to snapper Clint Gresham, holder Bart Johnson and kicker Ross Evans for making both PAT's as well as a 27-yard field goal and a 38-yard field goal. In that kind of weather, those are definitely not automatic, and they proved to be the difference in the end.
-Another week, another HUGE hit by a true freshman on a punt return. While it didn't spring Kerley for a touchdown, Jurell Thompson's block in the 1st quarter did get him about 10-15 extra yards. When you get hits like that from such young players, the future looks bright.
-How much did that head ref look like Paul Simon? You can call him Al.
-Dalton looked as un-phased by the weather as anyone. He showed just how valuable a three-year starter at QB can be when he side-stepped a defender along the sideline on 3rd down and threw a rope (as he was hit by another Falcon) to Logan Brock, who made a fantastic catch and toe-tap to pick up the 1st down.
-Pretty nice night for Anson Kelton, with a 72-yard bomb and another punt being downed on Air Force's one yard line by Colin Jones.
-The team-first mentality of this squad was on display on Kerley's two-yard touchdown run, when he picked up a pancake block from Joseph Turner that allowed him to get to the edge. How many teams have a starting tailback that throws blocks like that?
-The announcers on CBS-College really weren't at the top of their game all night (really guys, how long do you need to talk to Chad Hennings?), but their lack of research was pretty evident in the 1st quarter when Jimmy Young made a catch down the left sideline and the play by play guy said "that's reminiscent of his go-head touchdown catch against Clemson." Uh...that was Antoine Hicks.
-They also, at one point, mentioned that TCU's running back by committee approach was new, since "Aaron Brown was pretty much a one-man running game last year". Really?
Posted by Lyle Lanley at Tuesday, October 13, 2009