The Texas Longhorns thought they'd seen it all with last-minute catastrophic mistakes by the kicking game the last two weeks. Saturday morning against No. 4 TCU, the special-teams implosion began almost immediately, putting the Horns in a 23-0 first-quarter hole.
In the opening minutes of the game, Texas' deep snapper Kyle Ashby sailed a punt snap over the head of punter Michael Dickson and out of the end zone for a safety and a 9-0 TCU lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Nick Rose, who flubbed the late-game extra-point attempt two weeks ago in the heartbreak loss to Cal, kicked a knuckle ball out of bounds, setting the explosive Horned Frogs offense up in excellent field position.
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It didn't take long for TCU Heisman candidate quarterback Trevone Boykin to find wide receiver Josh Doctson in the end zone for a touchdown and 16-0 lead.
If that's not bad enough, the Longhorns surrendered TCU's opening touchdown after a fumble by receiver Daje Johnson, who lost the ball after absorbing a hard hit, forcing him out of the game. Boykin delivered a strike to a wide-open KaVontae Turpin for a 7-0 lead.
Meanwhile, a Texas offense that has sparked to life under the leadership of redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard since his promotion three weeks ago, has been stuck in neutral against a TCU defense that has been rocked by injuries and allowed 52 points last week in a three-point win at Texas Tech.
With under six minutes to go in the first quarter, Dickson's struggles continued with a 22-yard punt that TCU quickly turned into another touchdown for a 23-0 lead with 5:01 to go in the opening quarter.