TCU retains the Iron Skillet, lights up the SMU Mustangs in explosive second half
FORT WORTH, Texas: The TCU Horned Frogs erupted to score 31 points in the fourth quarter in a thunderous 48-17 come from behind victory over the SMU Mustangs at Amon G. Carter Stadium Saturday. TCU has now beaten their arch rival, SMU, six of the last seven times in the annual Battle for the Iron Skillet.
TCU (2-2, 0-1) overcame a sluggish first half and a driving third quarter rain to quickly put away the Mustangs (1-3, 0-0). The Horned Frogs scored in all three phases of the game, finishing the route with a LaDarius Brown 45 yard kickoff return for touchdown and a 66 yard pick six by Sam Carter with 1:33 left to play.
SMU was able to bottle up the TCU offense in the first half allowing the Horned Frogs to just 24 yards in the second quarter, and a total of 120 yards at the break. The Mustangs led 10-7 at the half, but allowed TCU to quickly seal the deal. TCU scored 27 lightning quick points in the second half of the third period and the first 4:27 of the final frame when the Mustangs eventually spit the bit.
Sophomore wide receiver, Ja’Juan Story, scored his first collegiate touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter taking a short pass from quarterback Trevone Boykin 56 yards to paydirt. A 51 yard punt return by TCU followed the ensuing SMU drive, giving the Horned Frogs a first down at the SMU 20. Running back, B.J. Catalon, picked up his fourth touchdown of the season on a 6 yard dash that put TCU up 31-10 with 10:33 left to play.
Boykin finished Saturday’s game much better than he began it. Boykin, a sophomore, was 7-16 for 73 yards at the half, but finished the day with 228 yards passing on 15 completions and two touchdowns. He led the Horned Frogs on the five straight scoring drives that put the game away in the second half.
The TCU defense intercepted SMU quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, four times Saturday leaving him with a total of nine picks against the Horned Frogs in just two games. Gilbert finished the game 23-44 for 276 yards and two touchdowns. The Horned Frogs sacked Gilbert seven times and became the first team to hold the senior under 300 yards passing this season.
The TCU defense stoutly held the Mustangs to 16 yards rushing on 31 attempts Saturday. That is the fewest rushing yards allowed by the Horned Frogs under Head Coach Gary Patterson since New Mexico posted 10 yards in 2009. Patterson is now 10-2 as a Head Coach versus SMU. The 31 point victory is the largest margin of victory by TCU in the series since they won 48-7 in 2008.
The Mustangs look forward to opening their inaugural season as a member of the American Athletic Conference at Ford Stadium next week in Dallas as they will play host to Rutgers. TCU will return to Big 12 Conference play when they travel to Norman Saturday to face the Oklahoma Sooners.
- TCU’s 31 fourth-quarter points marked the highest total in the fourth quarter by a FBS team this season.
- A TCU defensive end had an interception against SMU for the third time in the last six years (Jerry Hughes, 2008; Jon Koontz, 2012, Matt Anderson, 2013).
- TCU improved to 25-14 against former Southwest Conference members, including a 13-4 mark versus SMU.
- SMU had a blocked punt (by Jackson Mitchell), the first for the Mustangs since 11-24-2012 vs. Tulsa (by Kevin Pope)
- June Jones is now 32-37 as the SMU Head Coach (31-26 since the start of 2009)