Instant Analysis: TCU 28, Arkansas 7

By: Matt Jones
Published: Saturday, September 9, 2017
TCU running back Sewo Olonilua (33) slips past Arkansas defender Josh Liddell to score a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
TCU running back Sewo Olonilua (33) slips past Arkansas defender Josh Liddell to score a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

— The 28-7 final score might not indicate just how much No. 23 TCU dominated Arkansas.

The Horned Frogs were in control from the outset, but the Razorbacks remained close until the final minutes because of turnovers, including one on a botched snap inside the Arkansas 5 midway through the third quarter.

Two touchdowns in the final three minutes iced the game for TCU, which improved to 2-0 this season with wins by a combined score 91-7.

The Horned Frogs debunked the myth that Big 12 teams can't play physical, out-gaining Arkansas 195-129 in rushing yards and beating the Razorbacks by nearly eight minutes in time of possession. TCU had two possessions last 15 plays - a touchdown drive that gave the Horned Frogs a 14-7 lead and the drive that ended in a fumble after halftime.

TCU ran 19 more plays than Arkansas and had 11 more first downs. The Horned Frogs had more than half their offensive plays in Arkansas territory, converted 10 of 14 third downs, out-gained the Razorbacks 361 to 267 in total offense and consistently got a better push against the Hogs' defensive front.

As much as TCU's offense impressed, its defense might have impressed more. Arkansas had 130 yards in the first quarter, but only 137 yards the rest of the game.

The Razorbacks' offense looked out of sync throughout, especially the pass game that was so effective a year ago. Austin Allen had the worst game of his career - 9 of 23 for 138 yards and several overthrows of receivers on deep attempts down the field.

It appeared Arkansas' young receiving corps had difficulty creating separation from TCU's defensive backs. Four of Allen's nine receptions were by tight ends and running back Devwah Whaley.

The run game didn't fare much better against a defense that loaded the box on several occasions. David Williams flashed potential with 65 yards on 10 carries, but the rest of the team had 64 yards on 21 attempts.

Near the goal line, where Arkansas struggled so much last season, Whaley had three carries for 1 yard.

The Hogs' only real offensive highlight came in the first quarter when Allen hit Jonathan Nance for a 49-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7. Arkansas had two more scoring chances, but kicker Cole Hedlund missed field goal attempts of 23 and 20 yards.

The last miss came on a fourth-and-goal from the TCU 2 early in the fourth quarter. It drew a loud chorus of boos from several in the crowd of 73,668, which had moments earlier urged Arkansas coaches to go for a touchdown to try and tie the game.

The Razorbacks never threatened after the miss. After the teams traded punts, TCU went up 21-7 when a 7-play, 55-yard drive ended with a 14-yard touchdown run from Darius Anderson, who finished with 106 yards on 15 attempts.

Arkansas' Deon Stewart fumbled the ensuing kickoff and TCU scored one play later on a 13-yard touchdown run by Sewo Olonilua out of the Wildcat formation.

The Razorbacks have two weeks off until its next game against Texas A&M, which will feature a pair of teams bad losses in their marquee out of conference games this month, and a pair of fan bases that are becoming increasingly upset with the results under their coaching staffs.

Discussion

Have a comment on this story? Join the discussion or start a new one on the Forums.