TCU vs. Oklahoma State

TCU vs. Oklahoma State

TCU leads the nation in third-down conversion percentage at almost 66 percent.

-Mark Walton, Miami, needed only 11 carries to rush for a career-best 204 yards and a TD, helping the No. 14 Hurricanes rally to beat Toledo 52-30. He led TCU in rushing with 1,042 yards and was the team's top receiver with 47 catches, a first for a TCU running back since Basil Mitchell in 1996. Junior safety Ridwan Issahaku is tied for the team lead in sacks, with two. He has become a force on the TCU front and must be accounted for on every snap. Missed tackles need to be cleaned up but scoring each game is a plus. "We saw some heavy roll in the play towards James Washington, and when that happens we have [Jalen] McCleskey in the middle of the field most of the time". The pick-six came after the Cowboys had committed a turnover deep in Panthers territory.

Under new offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, TCU is showing more dedication to the ground game.

The Sooners likely chief challenger, in-state rival Oklahoma State, is No. 8 for a second straight week in the Football Power Index. Two of Stoner's receptions provided third-down conversions. That performance moved McClesky up the season charts with a dozen receptions for 179 yards and 3 TDs. But most of the rest of their passes were underneath, and many required precise throws by Rudolph. In fact, it was his first interception in 216 passing attempts (last year included), a school record for Oklahoma State. That's a fair enough line given Oklahoma State's current form, but we should learn a lot about both relatively untested teams on Saturday.

TCU will pose the stiffest test yet for the Cowboys as both teams look to start off Big 12 play on a high note.

In one of the most anticipated games of college football's Week 4, the sixth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys are taking on the No. 16 TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

"Playing Oklahoma State looks absolutely miserable right now".

Even though the two teams have competed earlier in the season, the approach to Friday's game with be different. "You aren't going to stop them, just contain them". "It'll be a good game". While the two teams will have to settle their score on the field, one thing for certain is that we should expect points early and often.

Senior QB, Mason Rudolph, is a prolific distributor of the ball in the Oklahoma State offense, with 1135 passing yards and 11 touchdowns in three games.

As Oklahoma State ruthlessly piled points on its first three opponents this season, it was fair to wonder whether anyone would slow down the Cowboys this season.

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"It's always deflating when you get them in third down and they get a positive gain or a touchdown", said OSU linebacker Justin Phillips, who was fashioning an ice bag on his left knee while addressing the media. "You have to get ready to block them". I thought the SMU game was going to be a battle.

"Our program has had our times when we've been relevant", Patterson said, "and that's what you want to do". So originally, they were estimating a 38-26 type of ball game.

About TCU: The Horned Frogs are looking for revenge heading into a showdown of nationally ranked Big 12 powers.

Oklahoma State still has the majority of its conference schedule to get back on track before welcoming Oklahoma to Stillwater on November 4. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill played efficiently, completing 22 of 33 passes for 228 yards with a touchdown. "He's making throws and it seems like he's leading them right now". Overall, they have seven players back on that side of the ball and have the top rated linebacking in the league.

Hill is benefitting from a better supporting cast, too. Those are the components that made the Horned Frogs so good for so long.

"They're a high-powered offense, and that's what we're going to be seeing these next few weeks in the Big 12", senior cornerback Ranthony Texada said.

Meanwhile, there's no woe quite like woe in a kingdom, and it's burning right now in Louisiana, where LSU took its 37-7 clobbering at Mississippi State with two reminders: It has grown remarkable that LSU's offense still, after all the tweaking of recent years, can not budge against steep competition. "So they had a couple of schemes that we hadn't really seen that we weren't really prepared for that I think they just did a good job of scheming us up".

Penn State's No. 4 AP ranking may be due to their standing atop the Big 10 Conference, thanks to the Ohio State loss to Oklahoma.

TCU managed to contain SMU's talented receiver Courtland Sutton (one catch) on Saturday.