Fans somber after crushing defeat

Fans somber after crushing defeat

“Go start the bus!” “Go start the bus!” is not the phrase that Horned Frog fans looked forward to hearing when they walked into Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium to watch TCU take on the Texas. When TCU junior finance major JB Askew entered the stadium, he said he felt confident about the Horned Frog’s chances against the number seven team in the nation.

“I know my UT friends are nervous and they should be,” Askew said. “We’re gonna put forth a strong showing.”

Though Askew’s UT friends may have been nervous, not all of the Longhorn students were feeling so worried. Texas student Sarah Mizzoub said she felt very confident about her team’s chances.

“I’m not worried at all,” Mizzoub said. “We’re playing at home, and we always win at home. It could be close, but in the end it’s going to be a Longhorn victory.”

After the first half was over though, TCU went ahead of Texas after cornerback Torrey Stewart picked off a Colt McCoy pass and ran it 45 yards for a touchdown. Texas student Mike Carey, said he was stunned by the quick attack from the Horned Frogs.

“I’m not going to lie, I came into this game a little worried, but now I’m panicked,” Carey said.

Carey was so worried, that he picked the Horned Frogs to claim victory.

“Don’t tell my fellow Horns this, but you guys will win tonight, 17 to 16,” Carey said.

TCU junior political science major Mike Haeg did not feel as comfortable with the lead.

“There’s too much time left in the game, and a lot of football to be played,” Haeg said.

Junior geography major Clint Edwards said he felt confident in the Horned Frogs, and that TCU needed to count on their number two ranked defense if they wanted to keep their lead . As for whether or not Texas would improve their play in the second half, Edwards said that would be determined by the motivation from the Longhorn coach.

“How the Longhorns play in the second half all depends on that half time speech by Mr. Mack Brown,” Edwards said.

Exactly what Texas Coach Mack Brown said to his players is not sure, but it was clear that the Longhorns were not ready to call it a game over.

By the end of the third quarter, the Longhorns scored ten unanswered points to tie the score even at ten. Texas would then go on to dominate the rest of the game. The Horned Frog offense made little productivity against the Longhorn defense, while a tired TCU defense did little to stop the Longhorns on the field and in the air.

With just a few minutes left in game, the chants and mocking of the Frogs began. While the sea of burnt orange began to wave their keys in the air, TCU fans like Freddie Stoglin were less than thrilled with the outcome.

“We played very very sloppy football,” Stoglin said. “That was not Frog ball.”

Stoglin said he does not think the loss to Texas will affect the rest of the season due to the fact that it was a non-conference game. Stoglin said though that harm was still done.

“It was pretty much for nothing, but at the same time it was for a spot in the BCS,” Stoglin said.

Even if the Horned Frogs were to go the rest of the season undefeated, the chances of them making an appearance in a Bowl Championship Series game would be slim, due to the fact that the Mountain West Conference is a non BCS conference.

Though the chances of BCS title may be dwindling, TCU can still clinch a Mountain West Conference Championship by defeating the teams within the conference. Until conference play begins, TCU fans will have to look forward to another non-conference rival, when the Horned Frogs face the SMU Mustangs next week.