TCU Thumps SMU 48-17 in Battle for Iron Skillet

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

That thumping sound emanating from Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Stadium last Saturday was TCU pounding SMU over the head with the figurative iron skillet in the DFW StateFarm Duel for the Iron Skillet in 48-27 final fashion.
Actually, the final score, as the cliché’ often goes, was not indicative of the actual nature of the game. TCU got its sluggish offense revved up to the tune of 31 points in the fourth quarter alone to break open a 17-10 advantage after three periods.
“We have told the players over and over,” said Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson, “that we just have to find a way to get back to one point (lead) at the end. That has been our slogan, and with this young team, penalties, some technique mistakes, it was just time for some guys to step and make plays.”
Those playmakings included a 45-yard kickoff return on a botched onside kick by the Mustangs by LeDarius Brown with 2:54 left to play and Sam Carter’s second interception of the game – a 66-yard pilfer and run for his first career touchdown for the crowning blow with 1:33 remaining.
Actually, TCU’s trademark defense forced five SMU turnovers (four interceptions in 44 attempts by Ponies QB and Texas transfer Garrett Gilbert) and helped overcome some stalled drives and five Horned Frog fumbles – two lost.
Gilbert, older brother of injured TCU tight end Griffin Gilbert, led the Mustangs to a 10-7 advantage at halftime after SMU blocked a punt to get the ball inside the Grogs’ three-yard line and then settled for a 34-yard field goal by Chase Hover.
The elder Gilbert completed 23 of his attempts for a hefty 276 yards and two TDs after entering the game among the Top Eight nationally in pass completions, completions per game and passing yardage. It was not enough to overcome a home-inspired TCU crew as Patterson won his 118th game in 13 seasons over 156 total contests. Jones dropped to 108-78 in 15 years as a college head coach at Hawai’i and SMU (since 2008 with a school-record four consecutive bowl treks from 2009-12 and three wins in these postseason clashes).
“Gilbert was out there trying to make some plays,” Jones explained about the interceptions. “You can’t blame him for trying to get the offense untracked.”
SMU also suffered from injury losses to receivers such as D’errick Thompson and freshman speedster KR-WR JaBryce Taylor and RB Traylon Shead. TCU topped SMU for the 12th time on the teams’ last 14 meetings and increased its 93-games-overall series lead to 46-40-7 since the inagugural meeting of the schools in 1915.
But Patterson is starting to see some similar bright lights among his young squad after the Game 4 blowout.
“We played great on special teams aside from the blocked punt,” he offered. “Our offensive players took a long look at themselves and decided to start getting the ball when it is up in the air. We preach that every week.”
Neither Patterson nor Jones had much time to celebrate or lick team wounds with rugged tests ahead Saturday. SMU hosts Rutgers at 11 a.m. in a national telecast in the Mustangs first American Athletic Conference contest while TCU has a major hill to climb against Oklahoma, coming off a 35-21 win at Notre Dame, Saturday at 6 p.m. in another national broadcast.
“Our players are starting to understand what we do and have done,” Patterson stated. “We have played TCU football for years, and we did a good job against a SMU team that can pass and throw with the best in the country. Now we need to sustain that in practice and at Oklahoma next week.”

College Football Notes:
The College Football Playoff has announced that eight communities or regions have submitted formal bids to host the College Football National Championship Game Jan. 11, 2016, or Jan. 9, 2017, the second and third years of the new playoff. Four communities bid for the 2016 game and six communities bid for the 2017 game.
Two communities bid for both years, and AT&T Stadium in Arlington decided not to place a 2016 or ’17 bid since it serves as the inaugural host venue.
The communities that submitted bids to host the 2016 championship game are as follows (communities listed alphabetically with stadium names):
• Arizona (University of Phoenix Stadium), Jacksonville (EverBank Field), New Orleans (Mercedes-Benz Superdome), and Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium).
The communities that submitted bids to host the 2017 championship game are as follows (communities listed alphabetically with stadium names):
• Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium), Jacksonville (EverBank Field), Minneapolis (Vikings Stadium), San Antonio (Alamodome), South Florida (Sun Life Stadium), and Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium).
The championship game will be played in a different city each year, which is a feature of the new playoff designed to expand opportunities for fans across the country to attend the game in person. The first championship game of the playoff era will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Jan. 12, 2015.

The NFF, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and Football Writers Association of America have completed a Sept. 30 deadline in the nomination process for the Armed Forces Merit Award (see: http://www.armedforcesbowl.com/armed-forces-merit-award/) presented by the FWAA. The 2013 recipient will be announced Nov. 11 on Veteran’s Day with the second award winner being notified by the last week of October. Please check FWAA.com Awards’ links to Texas’ Nate Boyer, first recipient of the Armed Forces Merit presented by the FWAA.
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