I thought UW’s offense would struggle against No, 5 TCU’s defense, espeically since sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels didn’t make the trip.
But I thought the Cowboys’ defense would hold up better than they did. UW gave up 297 yards rushing and 281 passing. Five different players scored touchdowns and TCU scored on its first seven possessions.
I knew it would be tough for UW to stop TCU, but I thought it would do a little better job.
TCU’s big, physical and experienced offensive line dominated. TCU’s receivers used some double moves to run past UW’s defensive backs. Sophomore strong safety Shamiel Gary said he got beat three times on those double moves. Two went for touchdowns.
I didn’t think UW senior quarterback Dax Crum was that bad, considering he hadn’t seen meaningful playing time in more than two years. UW had only 191 yards, but it could have had Peyton Manning at quarterback today and it still wouldn’t have made that much difference.
As coach Dave Christensen said: “TCU is a great team and we are rebuilding.”
Christensen refused to talk about Carta-Samuels’ condition or status for next week, nor any other injuries. He said he will address them Monday, along with a new policy on injuries.
Saw UW played junior John Hutchins most of the time at left tackle for junior Clayton Kirven. I saw Kirven riding an exercise bike on the sideline. Not sure if he was hurt or Hutchins just played better.
Senior Eric Lawson saw his first-ever playing time for the Cowboys at defensive tackle. Lawson’s a transfer from Colorado where he played on the defensive line, but was moved to offensive line when he came to UW. Expect to see Lawson play more the rest of the season.
Nice to see true freshman Robert Herron get rid of the drops. He ended up with two catches for 43 yards, including a 38-yarder midway in the fourth quarter.
Was really disappointed in the TCU fans. The announced crowd was 38,081, but there couldn’t have been more than 20,000 there. Probably less than that. For a top-five team I was floored by the lack of interest. There were about six other college football games in the area here today, and the Texas Rangers were playing baseball, too.
I imagine there will be a better crowd next week when BYU comes here.