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January 24 2018, 01:47 | Sammy Rose
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The senior speedster has 13 catches for 367 yards and three touchdowns this season and averages 28.2 yards per reception.
TCU also improved to 35-10 in road games since 2009, the nation's third-best road record. They'll present a stiff challenge to an explosive Husky offense that has completed a whopping 76.7% of its passes for an average of 10.5 yards per game. The former Texas A&M signal caller threw for 365 yards, totaling four touchdowns. TCU's Nick Orr drifted back in coverage and easily intercepted McCleskey's throw with just 6:06 to play and the Cowboys driving with momentum.
-TCU junior transfer defensive end Ben Banogu finished with a sack, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Anderson, from George Ranch, led the Frogs in rushing for the third straight game, finishing with 89 yards and two TDs on 14 carries. Mason Rudolph is already making a strong case for the Heisman, and his weapons are making life easy. FPI project that the Sooners will win 11 games this season, which would equal their total wins the past two seasons.
At least that game was between teams expecting an equal footing. Yet the Cowboys have excelled against the run, allowing just 3.21 yards per carry. Washington finished with 153 receiving yards, the 15th 100-yard game in his career. He's fourth nationally in passing yards per game and fifth in passing efficiency. He fired for five touchdowns, all in the first half, to key the Cowboys' quick start at Pitt.
Oklahoma State is coming off an impressive 59-21 rout of Pittsburgh in Week 3 entering its Big 12 opener against TCU.
"They're a high-powered offense, and that's what we're going to be seeing these next few weeks in the Big 12", senior cornerback Ranthony Texada said.
When TCU kicked a field goal to open the scoring, it marked the first time this season the Cowboys (3-1, 0-1) had trailed.
Gary Patterson, who can be cagey with his comments, hints that he thinks the Frogs' accustomed underdog role plus the Cowboys' lack of 60-minute tests could provide an edge. But since it's so early in the season, I can't complain. You better prepare for them all. We were trying to take shots, and they were doing a good job of taking it away, taking the deep stuff away, and we didn't really have as many answers in the intermediate game. "It'll be a good game". His combined stats against Florida State and Clemson (in last year's title game): 23-of-49 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. "For me, it's how do I stop it and how do I slow it down?"
Patterson recognizes Rudolph's weaponry, too.
Don't expect the Washington-Colorado game to be as lopsided as it was previous year, when the Huskies won 41-10 in the Pac-12 championship game. "And they made a great adjustment and started double-covering those guys, and we kind of got behind the chains there". "They can run by you vertically". So originally, they were estimating a 38-26 type of ball game. "We're definitely going to have to have a good week of practice and get ready to battle them at their stadium".
Another individual matchup to watch is the TCU running game against the Oklahoma State front seven.