Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls, a longtime Longhorns watcher, provided his insight into what transpired in TCU's impressive 20-13 victory Thursday night over Texas before a Royal-Memorial Stadium crowd he numbered more in the 80,000s than the tickets-sold 99,000.
Sadly, the Longhorns are not what we thought they were. They were only posing as true contenders because TCU was hungrier, faster, meaner, tougher and every other -er that you can come up with. Texas was just luckier that Frogs coach Gary Patterson went for field goals on 4th-and-1 situations, once at the lip of the goal-line, and clearly was more interested in milking the clock in the second half than maximizing every possession.
TCU's regular-season finale at home against Oklahoma on Dec. 1 sets up nicely now. The Sooners' defense is gassed after narrow wins over Baylor (42-34) and West Virginia (50-49), and on Saturday faces an Oklahoma State team that hung 59 on Texas Tech last week. OU's run defense is in tatters; maybe its mental state, too.
In this Big 12 transition season of the quirky schedule, the Sooners will be playing for the ninth straight week when they come to Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs were on their 10th straight week when they faced then BCS No. 2 Kansas State on Nov. 10. A Saturday off and a Thursday game was a Thanskgiving feast for the Frogs in Austin, and now they have another weekend off before facing Oklahoma.
-- Vince Langford