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TCU Trying To Avoid Deep Burns

by John Helsley Published: October 23, 2012
If healthy, Cowboys WR Isaiah Anderson might find the TCU secondary to his liking.
If healthy, Cowboys WR Isaiah Anderson might find the TCU secondary to his liking.

Todd Monken would surely wish a speedy recovery to his injured wideouts: Tracy Moore, Isaiah Anderson, David Glidden, John Goodlett, et al.

Speedy as in this week, facing a TCU secondary showing burn marks from big plays in recent weeks.

While the Horned Frogs sport strong defensive numbers overall, ranking No. 3 in the Big 12 in total defense and pass defense, their last three games have revealed holes in the back end. Against Iowa State, Baylor and Texas Tech — arguably the only legitimate offenses they’ve faced — the Frogs have allowed seven passing TDs of 25 yards or longer.

The deep burns:

Iowa State — 51 and 74 yards.

Baylor — 74 and 77 yards

Texas Tech — 33, 29 and 25 yards.

“We lead the Big 12 in interceptions, rushing defense and third-down defense,” said TCU coach Gary Patterson, “but we can’t let the ball get thrown over our heads. We either have to get better at that position through recruiting or the guys in those spots have to make plays.

“It doesn’t make a difference what you call, when the ball is in the air you have to make plays.”


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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