Coming on the heels of the huge event that was the Cowboys Classic game against LSU at AT&T Stadium, the TCU Horned Frogs returned home to battle Southeastern Louisiana. Following a lackluster first half, the Frogs kicked it into high gear and wound up with a 38-17 victory at Amon Carter Stadium.
Perhaps it was the 11 a.m. start time, maybe the letdown of losing the close game to LSU a week ago or it could have been the extreme humidity that made the game day atmosphere feel like the middle of August, but the vibe in the tailgating scene surrounding the stadium was very sluggish. Then again, it was likely a combination of all of the above.
We arrived two hours prior to kickoff to find the parking lots half-full at best and several of the Frogs fans hosting their pregame parties did mention that it is tradition for the early start times to make their get-togethers drastically smaller than an average game. Once we had made the trek through Frog Alley, it was time to head inside the stadium and cool off before the game began.
The No. 24 Frogs -- apparently feeling the same letdown as their tailgating compatriots -- managed a 17-14 lead into the half, but they did lose starting quarterback Casey Pachall to a fractured left forearm. Pachall would have surgery Saturday afternoon and it was determined that he would miss eight weeks with the possiblity of returning for the Frogs game at Iowa St. on Nov. 9.
Trevone Boykin, the sophomore quarterback who started most of last season when Pachall was out for substance abuse treatment, took over in the second half and led TCU to 24 straight points culminating in the victory. Only problem is there were very few fans left in the stadium to see it as the scorching 100-plus temperatures had many of the announced crowd of 41,170 heading home.
TCU opens its second Big 12 season with a road contest at Texas Tech in Lubbock on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Frogs next home contest is Sept. 28 when they welcome SMU to Fort Worth.
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