Texas’ history with TCU is certainly storied and certainly one-sided. The Longhorns have faced the Horned Frogs 82 times since 1897, compiling 61 wins to 20 losses and a lone tie. The last time Texas faced TCU was in 2007 in Austin, a game the Longhorns won, 34-13. The Horned Frogs have replaced Texas A&M on Texas’ schedule and will surely reignite a rivalry long overdue. Let’s take a look at the stats of notable games versus TCU over the years.
TCU’s visit to Austin in 2007 was notable in the sense that the Horned Frogs were beginning to emerge on the national scene, ranked No. 19. Students were even selling “Beat Texas” shirts before the season, in hopes of, at the time, a major upset. However, after running back Jamaal Charles’ 134 yards on 22 carries and quarterback Colt McCoy’s 239 yards through the air, the Horned Frogs soon realized they hadn’t yet taken the next step as a program.
Before 2007, the last time the two teams met up was in 1995, the year before the breakup of the Southwest Conference. The Longhorns defeated the Horned Frogs 27-19 en route to a (10-2-1) season. Texas rushed for 237 yards with the help of running backs Shon Mitchell and a young Ricky Williams. The two teams matched up evenly in most statistics, including first downs and penalties. However, TCU lost the turnover battle and eventually the game in the last time the schools would face each other for twelve years.
In 1984, the Longhorns and Horned frogs were ranked 10th and 12th in the AP Poll, respectively, one of the few meetings in recent history in which both schools ranked so highly. Texas visited Fort Worth and came away with a 44-23 victory. The Longhorns rushed for 323 yards, largely because of running back Terry Orr, who ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns alone. The Horned Frogs actually won the total yardage battle 483-471 but fumbled the ball six times, losing four of them.
Travel back to 1954 and the two universities matched up in Fort Worth, both unranked. The Longhorns trailed the Horned Frogs 27-14 going into the fourth quarter, but scored 21 points late, with kicker Buck Lansford’s game-winning extra point staying just fair after ricocheting off the right side of the goal post to give Texas a 35-34 victory. The two teams compiled 813 yards of total offense collectively.
Even though history has favored the Longhorns, the Horned Frogs’ football program has been revamped dramatically in recent years, thanks in large part to head coach Gary Patterson. TCU would arguably be in the Big 12 Championship had it retained quarterback Casey Pachall and a few key players that were lost last year because of banishment from the team. The Horned Frogs still field an extremely competitive team behind freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin, who has kept TCU in every game it’s competed in and even won six. The Horned Frogs will prove an admirable test for the Longhorns to reach nine wins.