TCU pulls away from SMU, 33-3



Sept. 23, 2016

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DALLAS (AP) - Kenny Hill threw for 452 yards and two second-half touchdowns, including a 75-yarder to John Diarse on the first play after halftime, and TCU pulled away from SMU 33-3 on Friday night.

Diarse also had a 23-yard catch in the second quarter on the drive to a field goal that put TCU ahead for good in a fifth straight victory over the Mustangs and the 15th win in the past 17 meetings between the crosstown rivals.

The junior had a career high in yards receiving for the second straight week, finishing with 139 on six catches.

SMU (2-2) played a touchdown-free first half against a high-scoring Big 12 team for the second time this season, trailing 6-3 at the half following a 6-6 halftime tie against No. 16 Baylor in Waco two weeks ago. The Bears went on to a 40-13 win.

''It was very disappointing the way that we responded in the second half, especially after playing as hard and as well as we did in the first half,'' second-year SMU coach Chad Morris said.

The Horned Frogs (3-1) scored touchdowns on their first two possessions after halftime, the second on Hill's perfect fade pass to Jaelan Austin from the 2 for a 20-3 lead. Hill was 31 of 45 with an interception.

''Immediately it energizes everybody,'' Hill said of the long touchdown. ''On the sideline, it was kind of dead. Everybody was in it, but it was kinda dead and we hit that play and everybody just sparked up.''

TCU kicked four field goals, two each from Brandon Hatfield and Ryan Graf, who just cleared the crossbar on a career-long 46-yarder.

The Horned Frogs return to Big 12 play against No. 25 Oklahoma at home next Saturday. TCU entered the weekend as the only 1-0 team in conference play.


 

 

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