No. 16 TCU upsets No. 6 Cowboys

Billy Wessels, Publisher
Purple Menace
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For the first time since joining the Big 12, heck for the first time since before all of TCU's players were born, the Frogs got a win at Oklahoma State.

No. 16 TCU headed to Stillwater, Okla., looking to stun the No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys and after a great starter, held on to get the 44-31 win.

"Number one, (Oklahoma State) has a good football team. A good quarterback and good skill players," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "To come here and beat them (for the first time since 1991) is hard to do."

TCU held a 20-point lead as the fourth quarter began, but the Cowboys' high-powered offense means no lead is safe. Oklahoma State had already gotten one score and was driving quickly towards another in the fourth quarter when TCU safety Nick Orr intercepted a trick pass play by OSU to pause the Cowboys' comeback attempt.

"I'm not going to say I knew it was going, but I stayed back," Orr said. "I wanted to be there and do my job."

The Frogs had been beaten on a pair of trick plays a week earlier against SMU, so they were prepared when Oklahoma State receiver Jalen McCleskey attempted a pass at the TCU 23-yard line with 6:30 left to play. The throw was a bit high and Orr was able to make the leaping grab.

"We only got beat on two last week," Patterson said. "Some years we wouldn't be as lucky and it would have been an incompletion and it just would have been third down. But we had Nick there to make an incredible play."

The game wasn't over at that point. Oklahoma State drove down once more and made it a one-possession game at 37-31 with 3:03 left to play. TCU needing just two or three first downs to seal it, got a big boost in the special teams when KaVontae Turpin returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards to near midfield.

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TCU ran it twice to burn the final two OSU timeouts. The Frogs ran it once more needing five yards to seal the win, but Darius Anderson had other ideas. He took the hand off up the middle 42 yards to put an exclamation point on the victory.

"That play was a read the whole way, but I know if it's not a clear read to just let him go," TCU quarterback Kenny Hill said. "He was toting it today."

The Frogs played again without senior running back Kyle Hicks, but Anderson, a sophomore, picked up the role of starter and ran with it for 160 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns.

"We go into the game not knowing exactly what to expect, but as the game went on, we knew the run would work," Anderson said.

Anderson also scored on a 28-yard run in the second quarter and a six-yard run in the third quarter. He has 422 yards and six touchdowns on the season.

Sewo Olonilua scored a touchdown on a one-yard run from the wild frog package late in the third quarter. He finished with nine carries for 38 yards and the score.

Kenny Hill completed 22-of-33 passes for 228 yards a nine-yard touchdown to John Diarse. He also rushed for 15 yards.

The offense did its job to hang with Oklahoma State's high-flying offense by holding on to the ball for 39 of the game's 60 minutes. TCU also only turned the ball over once, while the TCU defense forced four turnovers.

Ben Banogu started the defensive line's turnover display by getting his second strip-sack of the season. He finished with three tackles, two for a loss. The fumble Banogu forced was recovered by freshman defensive tackle Corey Bethley.

"We knew we had to have guys step up and we had a pretty good rotation going," Banogu said. "They have a pretty similar style of offense and they like to go fast. For us, if the defensive line is being disruptive, we just open it up for everybody else to make plays and I feel like guys stepped up."

Mat Boesen had to miss the first half of the game after a targeting penalty in the second half of last week's game, but he recorded a sack on just his second snap of the game in the third quarter.

That defensive line also recorded a pair of interceptions as LJ Collier and Chris Bradley also picked off passes from the defensive line.

"We prepare for third and really long plays with something called 'hammerboot' when people block for you and you pick off a ball behind the line," Patterson said. "The first one (Bradley's) was exactly that situation."

TCU (4-0) will likely get close to the top-10 in the rankings when they are released go into a bye week before they face West Virginia (3-1) on Oct. 7. But Patterson doesn't want those rankings to get to his team's head.

"I tell them not to listen when they don't think you're very good, so why listen when they do?," Patterson said. "You want to win enough ball games that people take notice, but it was always an advantage for us when nobody is giving us a chance. We play better like that."

TCU may be favorites in most of its games going forward, but these players won't let that cloud their focus of winning for each other.

"Nobody is fired up for themselves. They are fired up for each other," Patterson said. "Anytime you get a team and they take ownership by saying 'we' instead of 'I'. It's what we're trying to do here."

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