TCU ends punt-return TD drought in win
A challenge from his coach and a bone-rattling block from a teammate who lost his helmet in the process was all Jeremy Kerley needed.
The result was the end of TCU's seven-year drought without a punt return for a touchdown. Kerley's 71-yard score put the 11th-ranked Horned Frogs ahead to stay in a 39-14 victory over rival SMU on Saturday night.
"After that block from Tanner, I saw the end zone. I wasn't going to be denied," Kerley said. "For your head coach to tell you you're overdue, it will push you a little bit. ... We had talked about getting it done."
Kerley sprinted up the right sideline, got the block from freshman Tanner Brock near midfield and shredded several tacklers before cutting back to the middle of the field. Kerley then pinballed off a defender and a teammate into the end zone 5 minutes before halftime.