Matchups: vs. TCU

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  • Quarterback
  • Advantage: Tie

Freshman Shane Buechele struggled mightily against Kansas last week. Buechele threw for a season-low 165 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, including a pick-six in the second quarter and a pick in overtime that effectively ended the game.

Junior Kenny Hill also struggled last week against Oklahoma State. Hill threw for only 166 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, but he did rush for 79 yards.

 

  • Running Back
  • Advantage: Texas

Junior D’Onta Foreman was handed the ball a whopping 51 times last week as he rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns. But Foreman fumbled the ball twice, including a crucial one late in the fourth quarter.

The TCU running game was stifled by Oklahoma State. Junior Kyle Hicks, who rushed for 192 yards a week prior against Baylor, managed only 47 yards on 25 carries against the Cowboys.

 

  • Wide Receiver
  • Advantage: Tie

Senior Jacorey Warrick scored on a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage against Kansas. The longest completion for Texas receivers the rest of the game was a mere 10 yards.

Junior Taj Williams has been the primary receiving threat for the Horned Frogs this season. Williams has 36 receptions for 679 yards and five touchdowns, but he was held in check last week.

 

  • Offensive Line
  • Advantage: Tie

The Texas offensive line did a decent job of run-blocking for D’Onta Foreman, but it wasn’t great. The Longhorns also gave up four sacks for the second consecutive game.

TCU could not get its running game going against Oklahoma State, and Kenny Hill was sacked twice. However, the Texas defensive front poses much less of a threat than the Cowboys’ front.

 

  • Defensive Line
  • Advantage: Tie

Sophomore end Breckyn Hager led the way for the Longhorns on defense against Kansas. Hager finished with seven total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

TCU was gashed up front last week as Oklahoma State rushed for 334 yards against the Horned Frogs. Senior end Josh Carraway is tied for third in the Big 12 in sacks.

 

  • Linebacker
  • Advantage: TCU

Junior Travin Howard and sophomore Ty Summers are among the best linebackers in the Big 12. They rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the Big 12 in tackles.

Sophomore Malik Jefferson missed last week’s game due to a concussion. Freshman Jeffrey McCulloch continues to impress when given playing time.

 

  • Defensive Back
  • Advantage: Tie

Sophomore safety DeShon Elliott got in the mix and played one of his best games of the season. Texas only allowed 220 yards passing and 5.2 yards per attempt against the Jayhawks.

Senior safety Denzel Johnson is one of the most stable defensive backs in the Big 12. Junior safety Nick Orr has four interceptions on the season.

 

  • Special Teams
  • Advantage: Tie

Senior kicker Trent Domingue hooked and missed a 31-yard field goal against Kansas. Domingue has struggled mightily this season as he’s now missed six of 20 attempts.

Junior kicker Brandon Hatfield has made nine of 13 field goal attempts this season. TCU ranks second in the Big 12 in punt return average.