Texas wins 30-7 at TCU in game delayed 3 hours
Malcolm Brown ran for two touchdowns, Case McCoy threw for 228
yards with a long score and Texas remained undefeated in the Big 12
with a 30-7 win at TCU in a game that ended early Sunday
There was a weather delay of 3 hours, 6 minutes after officials
stopped the game in the second quarter Saturday night because of
lightning that was part of an approaching storm. The game resumed
just after 11 p.m., and ended after 12:30 a.m.
Brown’s 3-yard TD run with 9 minutes left in the third quarter
gave Texas (5-2, 4-0 Big 12) a 27-7 lead. He also had another
3-yard score more than four hours before that, one play after a TCU
fumble midway through the first quarter.
Texas has won four games in a row since going 1-2 during its
non-conference schedule. That including a 19-point loss at BYU in a
game where the Longhorns also had to endure a lengthy weather delay
and the start was delayed 1 hour, 47 minutes.
TCU (3-5, 1-4) has consecutive losses for the first time this
season. The Frogs hadn’t had five losses through eight games since
a 10-game losing streak to start the 1997 season.
Anthony Fera kicked three field goals for the Longhorns, who
remained tied atop the Big 12 standings with sixth-ranked Baylor
(7-0, 4-0). The Bears won at Kansas on Saturday night while No. 10
Texas Tech lost for the first time, at No. 17 Oklahoma.
McCoy, who started his fourth game with David Ash still out
because of lingering concussion symptoms, was 9 of 19 passing with
Only a few minutes before the lightning delay started, McCoy hit
Marcus Johnson in stride for a 65-yard touchdown that made it 17-7.
Johnson had three catches for 120 yards.
Texas, coming off an open date that followed a win over Oklahoma
in the Red River Rivalry in nearby Dallas two weeks ago, took the
lead for good midway through the first quarter when Brown scored
after quarterback Trevone Boykin’s fumble. Boykin had already been
sacked once on the drive, and was pressured and in trouble again
when he was surrounded by three defenders and hit. Adrian Phillips
recovered the loose ball at the 3.
When TCU got back on the field for its third series, Casey
Pachall replaced Boykin.
It was the first game for Pachall since breaking his left
(non-throwing) arm in the second game of the season seven weeks
ago. He got hurt Sept. 7 against Southeastern Louisiana.
The Horned Frogs had only 5 total yards on seven offensive plays
before Pachall took over. They finished with 247 yards, with
Pachall going 13-of-34 for 140 yards.
TCU announced a crowd of 48,212, the second-largest ever at Amon
G. Carter Stadium. Texas played there for the first time since
1994, when both teams were in the old Southwest Conference.
The stands were well less than half full when play resumed.
The final 6 minutes of the second quarter were played swiftly,
with three punts before Fera kicked a 37-yard field goal on the
final play of the first half.
There was then a break of less than 5 minutes for halftime, with
the teams remaining on the field, before starting the second
After Fera kicked a 43-yard field goal to make it 10-0 late in
the first quarter, the Frogs scored on their next drive on a double
pass. Pachall threw to Cameron Echols-Luper in the backfield, and
the receiver hit LaDarius Brown for a 38-yard TD.
Fera added a 36-yard field goal with about 12 minutes left in
Referee Scott Novak stopped the game in the second quarter,
announcing that both teams were being sent to the locker room for
the safety of the players. He referred to flashing warning lights
nearby that indicate lighting was in the area.
There were severe storms in the area but the rain didn’t start
to fall and the first visible flashes of lightning didn’t come
until several minutes after the players went inside. There was a
bolt of lightning that went straight down behind one side of the
stands, and several more after that when the storm moved over the