AUSTIN, Texas - Matthew Tucker scored two touchdowns, Jaden Oaberkrom kicked two field goals and TCU's defense forced four turnovers in dumping No. 18 Texas 20-13 Thursday night to get the Horned Frogs their biggest win of their first season in the Big 12.
Tucker scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards and the Horned Frogs (7-4, 4-4) dominated the line of scrimmage, running the ball 48 times and passing just 10.
TCU had two interceptions inside their own 10 to kill Texas (8-3, 5-3) drives and picked up a fumble by Longhorns quarterback David Ash to set up Tucker's second touchdown.
Ash was relieved by Case McCoy, who led a late touchdown drive before an interception by Sam Carter in the final two minutes sealed the win for the Horned Frogs.
Although Texas (8-3, 5-3) has been a Thanksgiving regular since playing its first game on the holiday in 1895, those contests were usually against Texas A&M.
But that rivalry broke apart when the Aggies left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.
So the Big 12 sent TCU to Austin this year and the Horned Frogs pushed around the Longhorns at the line of scrimmage and harassed Ash into one of the worst games of his career.
McCoy led an 82-yard drive to a touchdown by Jeremy Hills that pulled Texas within a touchdown with just over three minutes left. But after Texas forced the Horned Frogs to punt, a scrambling McCoy threw up a pass into coverage that was easily picked off by Carter.
PULLMAN, Wash. - At midseason Washington was teetering on the brink of collapse, coming off three straight losses, two huge blowouts and dissent in the fan base about whether Steve Sarkisian was truly the right coach to be rebuilding its program.
During the past four weeks, Sarkisian's team has quieted critics, matched the longest regular season win streak in more than a decade and put the Huskies on the brink of their first eight-win season since 2001.
Yet the Huskies (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) are mostly overshadowed by the chaos at Washington State (2-9, 0-8) headed into today's Apple Cup against the rival Cougars.
No two-win team has gotten as much attention as the Cougars, largely because they have underperformed and for claims of abuse from coaches by former wide receiver Marquess Wilson that led to internal and Pac-12 investigations.
Then again, not every two-win team has Mike Leach as its head coach.
"We need to go out and try to win the game just for the sake of trying to win the game and play good football," Leach said this week.
Then he added about all the chaos: "Most of the time it's been pointless and centered toward selfish people who are being revealed for who they are."
Expectations before the season had the Apple Cup as a possible bowl-clinching opportunity for the Cougars with the excitement over that potential making up for the fact the game is being played the day after Thanksgiving on the Washington State campus while students are out on break.
The Cougars may be short-handed with quarterback Connor Halliday and defensive end Travis Long possibly missing the game with injuries.