Takeaways by TCU Defense Spark 24-16 Win
Sept. 29, 2012
TCU (4-0) has won 11 of 13 over SMU and regained the Iron Skillet trophy, which goes to the winner of the Dallas-Fort Worth rivalry.
"Whoever didn't screw it up was going to win this game," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "I'm not sure we didn't screw it up more and just didn't get lucky."
The game was played in a heavy rainstorm. The rain picked up in intensity around kickoff and never relented as the game progressed.
"I knew the defense was going to have to step up," said TCU safety Elisha Olabode, who had an interception to set up a touchdown. "It was a rainy game, a defensive game."
Matthew Tucker scored two touchdowns in the first half that capped drives of less than 10 yards.
The Horned Frogs jumped out to a 21-10 halftime and held on despite gaining 27 yards of offense in the second half and 156 overall.
SMU threw five interceptions, including one by Verrett on a desperation pass to end the game. The Mustangs turned the ball over six times.
"Our defense just played great," TCU sophomore linebacker Joel Hasley said. "They gave us what we thought they were going to give us and we went out there and played good."
The Mustangs had one last chance when they got the ball at their own 33 with 1:06 left. They moved the ball 9 yards before Verrett intercepted a Hail Mary attempt.
Pachall was 10 of 26 for 107 yards. Tucker rushed for 56 yards and Josh Boyce added 42 yards receiving for the Horned Frogs.
TCU's only points in the second half came on Jaden Oberkrom's 43-yard field goal early in the fourth.
Elisha Olabode intercepted a pass and returned it 51 yards down to the 8. Three plays later, Pachall found a wide open Tucker on a 2-yard scoring toss.
After picking up only 4 yards of offense in the first quarter, the Mustangs put together their only substantial drive, but Skye Dawson returned a punt 64 yards soon after, and Tucker scored on the next play to extend TCU's advantage to 21-7 with 2:11 left in the first half.
Chase Hover kicked a 29-yard field goal just before halftime to bring SMU within 21-10.