After a Garrett Gilbert touchdown pass reduced SMU’s deficit to 34-17 on the road at TCU with just 3:20 to go, the Mustangs, looking to get the ball back, smartly followed with an onside kick.
It did not go as planned.
SMU kicker Chase Hover booted a one-hopper directly into the bread basket of TCU receiver LaDarius Brown who scampered untouched 45 yards for a touchdown and squashed any chance of an SMU comeback. Coach Gary Patterson said he'd never seen such a return before.
Patterson on returning onside kick for a TD. "I've never seen that. I might have gotten to the 20, and then probably pulled a hamstring."
— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 28, 2013
The Horned Frogs added another late touchdown on a 66-yard pick-six by Sam Carter and went on to cruise to a 48-17 victory in Fort Worth. Though after the game, Patterson said that his team would have to play better if it wanted to compete in the Big 12.
Gary Patterson with a timely quote: "If we're going to beat Oklahoma at Oklahoma, we have to play a lot better than we did today." — David Ubben (@davidubben) September 28, 2013
The win improved TCU’s record to 2-2 (1-1 Big 12). SMU dropped to 1-3.