FORT WORTH (AP) — Kyle Hicks ran for two touchdowns and No. 10 TCU rebounded from its only loss, staying tied for the Big 12 lead and in contention for a playoff spot with a 24-7 victory over Texas on Saturday night.
In a game dominated by two of the Big 12’s best defenses, Hicks had 41 yards rushing on 11 carries. That included his 1-yard TD to end TCU’s opening drive of the game and his 14-yard score that put the Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 8 CFP) up 17-0 early in the second quarter.
Texas (4-5, 3-3) managed only 263 total yards in its biggest losing margin in coach Tom Herman’s first season.
The Longhorns went into the game already 0-3 against Top 25 teams. Those losses were by a combined 11 points, two of them in overtime. Iowa State was still unranked when Texas won 17-7 in Ames at the end of September.
With freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger missing his second straight game for the Longhorns, Shane Buechele completed 21 of 44 passes for 254 yards with a 33-yard touchdown to Collin Johnson. Buechele was sacked seven times.
TCU was coming off a 14-7 loss at No. 14 Iowa State that had created a four-team logjam for first place in the Big 12.
There are now only two teams tied atop the Big 12 with three weeks left in the regular season before the league’s championship game. They are TCU and No. 8 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1, No. 5 CFP), who play next week in Norman.
Darius Anderson ran for 99 yards for TCU, including a 31-yard TD run on a fourth-and-1 play with just over 4 minutes left in the game.
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