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TTU Football Prepares To Take On TCU for Homecoming

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TTU Football Prepare To Take On TCU Horned Frogs

TTU Football is headed into week six of their season and will prepare to take on the TCU Horned Frogs. The game will be the Red Raiders Homecoming and be a crucial game as Tech will look to improve to 5-1 on the season and 2-1 in Big 12 Conference play. 

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        The TCU Horned frogs are having a fair season thus far with a 2-2 overall record and 0-1 in the Big 12 Conference. In their first game of the season, TCU annihilated Duquesne 45-3. Then would edge out the University of California 34-32. 

        With a 2-0 start to their season, the Horned Frogs would not fare well in their next two games. In their third game, TCU would take on their crosstown rival SMU and lose 34-42. After going 2-1 in the preseason, the Horned Frogs would start Big 12 play and take on the Texas Longhorns. In past years the Horned Frogs had had the Longhorns number, but the Longhorns would skim by winning 27-32.

        Currently, on a two-game losing streak against two good teams, the Horned Frogs will look to bounce back against the Red Raiders.

Horned Frogs to Watch For

Quarterback

        The Horned Frogs this season have no shortage of talent. With an impressive offense and defense, TCU will be a problem on both sides of the ball.

Leading the Horned Frog offense is quarter Max Duggan who has had an exceptional season thus far. Duggan has racked up 67 completions in his first four games on just 106 passes for 899 yards. With an 8.5 per throw average and a 60-yard-long, Duggan is a threat when the ball is in his hands. Being able to throw over the top deep into the secondary for long balls and is an intelligent decision-maker. Look for Duggan to pose as a big problem as the Red Raiders will try to apply pressure early.  

Runningback

The next threat for the Horned Frogs that the Red Raiders will need to contain is running back Zach Evans. Tech has already played big-name running backs such as Bijan Robinson from Texas, which quickly became an issue. Evans, who is comparable to Robinson, will need to be shut down early. In addition, with 443 rushing yards on just 57 rushes, Evans is a problem waiting to happen. If the Red Raiders are to shut down the Horned Frogs high caliber offense, it will start with spying Evans to make sure he’s contained. 

Wide Recievers

Their wide receiver core is another significant part of the TCU offense. With TTU Taking on TCU, the Red Raiders will have to keep at bay. With three significant threats in Taye Barber, Quentin Barber, and Derius Davis, the Horned Frogs can gain big chunks of yardage at any time.

In addition, this season, the receiver with the most yards is Taye Barber, who has ten catches for 198 on the season. The other big name for TCU that sits in the middle of the three is Quentin Johnston. With 12 receptions for 170 and two touchdowns, Johnston can do it all for the Horned Frogs. Being able to play at all three levels, the Red Raiders will have to apply constant coverage to limit any significant gains. The last receiver with over ten receptions on the season is Derius Davis. Davis leads the team in catches with 13 for 138 yards on the season. Being a speedy receiver, look for the Horned Frogs to throw some trickery into their playbook with trick plays ran by Davis. 

Defensive

        TCU has several vital players who make an impact on the defensive side. The two on the team with 22 tackles each are Tre’vius Hodges-Tomlinson and Dee Winters. The two play different positions for the Horned Frogs but have proven crucial to the TCU defense. 

        Hodges-Tomlinson has 22 tackles on the season with 17 solo tackles and five assists. Further, he has one forced fumble and an interception coming out of the secondary. As a cornerback and only standing at 5’9, Hodges-Tomlinson plays big and makes bigger plays. 

        The other defender to watch is Dee Winters, who plays at the linebacker position for the Horned Frogs. Winters also has 22 tackles on the season, with 13 solo tackles and five assists. Winters is the type of player who will seemingly always find his way to be the ball and is a critical player in the Horned Frogs defense. He also has one interception on the season, and the Red Raider offense will need to key in on him to take the ball in another direction. 

Overall on TTU Football Takes on TCU

        Overall, in week six of the season, TTU will take on TCU as both teams look to improve their Big 12 Conference record. The game will be played for Texas Tech Homecoming in Lubbock, Texas, at Jones AT&T Stadium. Many expect a full house as the Red Raiders have one of their best records in recent times at 4-1. 

        Tickets are still available for purchase at TexasTech.com, or you can watch the game on ESPN and Texas Tech Sports Network.

For last week’s recap versus West Virginia, click here!

For Texas Tech’s entire Football schedule, click here!

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