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Horned Frogs trampled by Ponies; TCU falls to SMU 41-38

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Horned Frogs trampled by Ponies; TCU falls to SMU 41-38

The question to who is the best team in DFW was answered and Fort Worth’s team didn’t make the cut. The SMU Mustangs (4-0) upset the TCU Horned Frogs (2-1), 41-38 Saturday afternoon at Among G. Carter Stadium.

For SMU, it was evident early on they wanted to be the aggressor.  On their first drive, the Mustangs pulled some trickery and gained 46 yards on a fake reverse, which led to Buechele hitting Kyle Granson down the field into TCU territory. SMU would score three plays later with a 4-yard touchdown run putting them up 7-0.

Though their aggressiveness didn’t get them any points after trying to go for it on 4th on the goal line, the Mustangs defense would force a fumble and would take over at the TCU four-yard line.  SMU’s lead rusher Xavier Jones would run it in for a one-yard touchdown and running back Ke’Mon Freeman gets in for the 2-pt conversion, putting SMU up 15-0.

The Horned Frogs turned to their rushing attack to get back in the game on the next drive with big gains from Jalen Reagor, Max Duggan and Darius Anderson. Anderson would cap the eight play drive with a 14-yard touchdown run to get TCU in the game, trailing 15-7.

After allowing a Mustang field goal, TCU turned to Anderson again who pulled off a 77-yard rush and then scored from 3-yards out to get the Horned Frogs within four down 18-14.

SMU responded in kind when Ke’Mon Freeman ran in for a one-yard touchdown run, adding to SMU’s lead 24-14.

After TCU hit a field goal, the Mustangs drove down the field in the waning minutes of the first half and put the ball into Xavier Jones’ hands to finish the drive.  On first and goal, Buechele hits James Proche for the nine-yard touchdown catch to put the Mustangs up 31 to 17 going into the 3rd.

The TCU defense stepped up in the 3rd quarter and got the ball back for their offense in great field position.  Quarterback Max Duggan shook off a bad first half throwing the ball and rebounded by throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Pro Wells to get back within 7.

SMU and TCU entered the fourth quarter ready to trade blows and touchdowns, each trading scoring drives. After SMU hit a field goal, it was 41-31 with just 6 minutes left in the game.  The Horned Frogs came alive and marched down the field behind Duggan and his arm.  With little more than three minutes left in the game, he would hit Wells again for a 13-yard pass to get within 3 points.

The Frogs managed to get the ball back one more time, but the SMU defense smothered Duggan and they turned the ball over on downs.  SMU would take a knee and the game 41-38.

One of the biggest things that will be talked about all next week is the play-calling in the second-half. There were multiple instances where it was questioned whether or not to go for it one 4th and 1, or even whether or to kick it on 4th down to tie the game in the waning seconds.  Either way, the turnovers and the bad offensive play in the first half was the down fall for the Horned Frogs in the end.

Duggan, who had a rough first half passing, came alive in the second half throwing for three touchdowns for 188 yards. Anderson had another dominant rushing game, going for 161 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns.  The offense totaled 424 yards, 236 on the ground and 188 in the air.

Next up for the Horned Frogs is the start of Big 12 conference play and they get to host the University of Kansas next week.  Kick-off is at 11 a.m. CST.

Staff writer covering the Dallas Cowboys | A DFW native, EA has grown to love his local teams with a fury. His passion for sports led him to get a degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas. He has aspirations to be a sports writer and radio host. He has articles in multiple publications online, including The Dallas Morning News. He also is a part-time host on 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas' "Game Night" and a co-host on the Internet Radio Show "Best for Business"

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