Ohio State pulls away from TCU

Frogs see 8-point lead turn into 12-point deficit in less than 5 min­utes

The Dallas Morning News - - Sportsday - By GERRY FRALEY Staff Writer gfra­ley@dal­las­news.com

TCU gave Ohio State a good fight for three quar­ters, but coach Gary Pat­ter­son’s team couldn’t close the deal against the Buck­eyes, fall­ing 40-28.

AR­LING­TON — TCU played pow­er­ful Ohio State on Satur­day night to get a feel for where its young team is three games into the sea­son, coach Gary Pat­ter­son said.

The ver­dict: Good enough to push the No. 4 Buck­eyes into the fourth quar­ter but not yet ready to close the deal.

TCU gave up an eight­point lead dur­ing a dis­as­trous se­quence in the third quar­ter and could not re­cover, los­ing 40-28 be­fore a turnout of 64,362 at AT&T Sta­dium.

“I told our kids that they played hard, but we’ve got to get up in the morn­ing and get ready for Texas and the start of Big 12 play,” TCU coach Gary Pat­ter­son said. “They fought. We made mis­takes, but they fought their tails off.

“If any­body didn’t think this was a good game, they should start watch­ing an­other sport.”

“That’s a re­ally good team we just played,’’ said Ryan Day, who com­pleted a three-game run as Ohio State’s in­terim head coach in place of the sus­pended Ur­ban Meyer. “I feel some re­lief af­ter that game.”

A stretch of less than five min­utes of game-time dur­ing the third quar­ter doomed the Frogs (2-1). In that im­plo­sion, there was a 20-point swing in the score.

TCU al­lowed two of­fen­sive touch­downs and 88 yards on four plays, per­mit­ted OSU’s sec­ond de­fen­sive score of the game, had a blocked punt and a dam­ag­ing penalty. The Buck­eyes (3-0) got out of the way and let TCU self-de­struct.

“You can’t make mis­takes and win games against good like that,” Pat­ter­son said.

The down­fall started with an in­no­cent play: an in­side screen by Ohio State to Par­ris Camp­bell Jr. on sec­on­dand-10 from its 37. Camp­bell peeled back to pick up block­ers and out­ran the Frogs for OSU’s first of­fen­sive touch­down of the game, cut­ting TCU’s lead to 21-19.

Quar­ter­back Shawn Robin­son’s sec­ond costly turnover put the Frogs be­hind for the du­ra­tion.

In the first quar­ter, OSU end Nick Bosa had a stripteams sack on Robin­son, and Davon Hamil­ton re­cov­ered in the end zone. This time, Robin­son tried a shut­tle pass into the heart of OSU’s charg­ing front. The toss car­ried di­rectly into the belly of tackle Dre’Mont

Jones, who went 28 yards for a score.

Down 26-21, TCU tried a risky gadget play on the fol­low­ing re­turn. The play had pos­si­bil­i­ties, but KaVon­tae Turpin made the mis­take of throw­ing a for­ward pass rather than a lat­eral. The penalty forced TCU to start the se­ries from its 4.

The Frogs made it to the 23 be­fore try­ing to punt. Adam Nunez bob­bled the snap, and OSU blocked the punt.

The Buck­eyes needed only two plays to score, on Dwayne Hask­ins’ 24-yard throw to K.J. Hill Jr. for a 33-21 lead.

With light­ning quick­ness, Ohio State turned around the game. TCU could not with­stand the storm.

“That’s a re­ally good team we just played,’’ said Ryan Day, who com­pleted a three-game run as OSU in­terim head coach in place of the sus­pended Ur­ban Meyer. “I feel some re­lief af­ter that game.’’ The Frogs wasted a strong per­for­mance by run­ning back Dar­ius An­der­son. He scored on runs of 16 and 93 yards, a school record, and also had what would have been a 13yard touch­down wiped out by a hold­ing penalty on Turpin. An­der­son had 154 yards on 12 car­ries over­all.

TCU kept the Buck­eyes off­bal­ance with its speed through­out the first half. Ohio State’s Jones said the Frogs are the fastest team he has ever faced.

Ohio State did not have an of­fen­sive touch­down in the open­ing half for the first time since last year’s loss to Ok­la­homa. The Buck­eyes had 16 plays that went for no gain or a loss in the half.

“If we can stay healthy, we’re go­ing to be a re­ally good team by the end of the year,” Pat­ter­son said. “When I say I’m happy, it’s not that we got beat. Any­body that knows me knows that’s not where we’re at. We came into this thing to win, not play well.”

Ryan Michalesko/Staff Pho­tog­ra­pher

Ohio State wide re­ceiver Austin Mack (11) reaches for a pass while de­fended by TCU cor­ner­back Julius Lewis. Mack fin­ished with 84 yards re­ceiv­ing as the No. 4-ranked Buck­eyes de­feated the Horned Frogs 40-28.

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