FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Defensive end Tommy Blake and some of
his TCU teammates got together two days before playing Texas Tech
and watched the tape of the Red Raiders' 10-touchdown assault
against them two years ago.
The sequel was much better for the No. 20 Horned Frogs.
"We wanted to get it in our heads how embarrassed we felt,"
Blake said. "We're better than that."
In 2004, Texas Tech humiliated TCU, reeling off 56 unanswered points at one juncture on its way to a 70-35 thrashing of the Horned Frogs. On Saturday, TCU exacted a measure of revenge, holding the vaunted Red Raider offense to just three points and less than 250 total yards. Here is a comparison between what Texas Tech's offense did to TCU's defense in 2004, and what transpired on Saturday.
TCU got the ultimate revenge Saturday, holding No. 24 Texas
Tech's pass-happy offense without a touchdown in a 12-3 victory --
two years after the Red Raiders won 70-35 in the last meeting
between the former Southwest Conference rivals.
"We gave them too much. We wanted to pitch a shutout," TCU
coach Gary Patterson said. "We've been waiting for this one for a
Chris Manfredini kicked four field goals and TCU (3-0) won its
13th straight game. His longest kick was 34 yards, and the last was
a 23-yarder with 4:19 left.
TCU's winning streak is the longest in NCAA Division I-A, and
one short of the school record. The record streak included the
Frogs' undefeated national championship in 1938, when quarterback
Davey O'Brien won their only Heisman Trophy.
The only other time the Red Raiders (2-1) didn't score a
touchdown in Mike Leach's 79 games over the last seven seasons was
in a 56-3 loss to Nebraska in 2000, the coach's first year. They
scored less than 10 points only one other time, a 42-7 loss at
Texas in 2001.
"I'll be nice about that and politically correct like you're
supposed to," Leach said. "But that was the sorriest offensive
effort I've ever seen. Today, I coached the worst offense in
Texas Tech had only 242 total yards, and its opening drives of
both halves ended on failed fourth-down conversions. Quarterback
Graham Harrell fumbled twice after being sacked and there was also
a blocked punt.
Two years ago in Lubbock, the only other time the two teams have
played since the SWC disbanded after the 1995 season, the Red
Raiders overcame a 21-0 deficit and handed TCU its most-lopsided
loss in Patterson's six seasons.
Since that debacle, TCU has gone 4-0 against Big 12 teams. The
Horned Frogs won at No. 7 Oklahoma in its 2005 opener, finished
last season against Iowa State in the Houston Bowl and won at
Baylor in this year's opener.
"People have been underselling our kids for years. All
everybody wants to talk about is the Big 12," Patterson said. "I
get tired of being treated like a stepchild in this state and in
this town, and our kids do too. ... I have a lot of respect for
Mike Leach and his staff. Don't get me wrong. The bottom line is,
I'd like to get a little bit here at TCU."
Jeff Ballard was 13-of-23 for only 101 yards but ran nine times
for 66 yards, improving to 11-0 in his starts. Only Sammy Baugh
(12) has won more consecutive starts at quarterback for TCU, but
Ballard's have come in his first 11 since taking over last season.
After Manfredini's last field goal, the Red Raiders had one more
chance -- and Harrell had completions of 21 and 20 yards to move
them to the Frogs 34 before he was sacked by Brian Bonner and
fumbled on fourth down with 2:11 left.
TCU went ahead to stay after Manfredini's second kick, a
33-yarder midway through the second quarter. That came seven plays
after Chase Ortiz sacked Harrell and stripped the ball. Cody Moore
recovered for the Horned Frogs.
The Horned Frogs were to the 15 on their opening drive after a
23-yard pass to Aaron Brown, but an illegal block penalty on the
play drove it back to the 29. They had to settle for a 30-yard
Harrell completed passes of 21 and 33 yards to start the next
drive and quickly get to the 15 before Tech stalled. Alex Trlica,
whose wobbly field goal in overtime beat UTEP last week, kicked a
27-yard field goal.
Harrell, the fifth starting quarterback for Tech in five seasons
-- and the first underclassman in that span -- was 23-of-47 for 204
yards. He completed 74 of 101 passes (73 percent) for 718 yards and
seven touchdowns in his first two starts.
Without being specific, Leach said there would be some changes
on offense. Harrell, a third-year sophomore, beat out redshirt
freshman Chris Todd in a close preseason competition.
"I'm not going to sit here and watch this stuff," Leach said.
Robert Henson's blocked punt late in the third quarter set TCU
up at the 38. Ballard converted a third-and-9 play with a 23-yard
keeper, but overthrew an open Quentily Harmon in the end zone on
another third down and Manfredini kicked a 34-yarder for a 9-3