Strategy And Personnel

The Sports Xchange

September 12, 2018 at 9:19 am.


KEY MATCHUP: TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson versus the Ohio State defense. The Horned Frogs go as Robinson goes, and the sophomore signal-caller has never faced an opponent like the Buckeyes. This game will come down to Robinson making the correct reads and staying away from turnovers — it’s his game to win or lose.


–DE Ben Banogu is the easy pick to be the Horned Frogs’ first player taken in the 2019 draft. He’s a speed rusher off the edge and will be looking to build on his junior season in which he had 8.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss. Banogu could’ve tested the draft waters after last season but opted to return. A big season could make him a Day 2 prospect and have him in line for even more honors than he earned after last season. He showed his skills last week when he forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the win over SMU.


–TCU had a punt return for a touchdown for the second straight game. After Derius Davis went 73 yards against Southern, KaVontae Turpin took a second-quarter punt 78 yards into the end zone versus SMU.

–Turpin’s punt return for a touchdown was the fourth of his career, the most in TCU history. He broke a previous tie of three with Linzy Cole (1968-69) and Blanard Spearman (1930-32).

–Turpin was named the Big 12 Conference’s special teams player of the week. It’s the fourth time he’s earned the honor, breaking a tie with former kicker Jaden Oberkrom for most in school history.

–Jaelan Austin had TCU’s first fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown since Cliff Murphy versus Oklahoma in 2014.

–TCU is to 110-4 under coach Gary Patterson when allowing 17 points or less.