SMU-TCU; Iron Skillet Game Wrap up

On a rainy night in Dallas where mother nature wanted to make sure she was part of this game with a steady downpour throughout the game, SMU had visions of “frying the frogs” and “keeping the skillet”.  But TCU’s was revenge minded after losing last year in heart breaking fashion in Fort Worth.

Early on this game looked to be a battle between two very even teams as they traded punts through the first few possessions for each team. But then Garret Gilbert decided to be…well, Garret Gilbert. He threw two consecutive interceptions in the first quarter that ended up being turned into TCU points and that 14 points would loom large for the rest of the game.

SMU would keep it close after that getting it back to 21-10 at the half and give the few fans who decided to battle the weather a chance to think that SMU could turn it around in the second half. But Garry Patterson and his Horned Frogs had another idea. TCU came out in the 2nd half with their stifling defense they have become known for and preceded to keep the Mustangs quiet for most of the 2nd half.

While the TCU defense forced Gilbert into throwing 5 interceptions, it was also the weather that played a factor in the low scoring battle that took place in Dallas. It was a steady downpour from the opening kickoff to the final play of the game and that just played into the hands of a strong defensive team like TCU.

This year the “DFW Duel” was a sloppy game, with more mistakes than either coach would like to see. And yes, it was raining the whole time and it factored in to some of the problems, but both coaches will tell you they can’t play like this every week and expect to win. This year the Iron Skillet will return to Fort Worth, and both teams will start preparing for their grueling conference schedules ahead.

While this is a great win, or a tough loss depending on which side of the fence you are on, there is still a tom of football to be played and both these teams can have great seasons. It will just be about learning from your mistakes in one game and improving on them in the next. TCU goes to face the tough Big XII from here on out, and SMU will finish their time in Conference USA. But with solid improvement, both of these teams can be playing in a bowl game at the end of the year.

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