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Texas Christian Doesn't Forget

The Horned Frogs use past loss as motivation as they thwart pass-happy Texas Tech in 12-3 win.

September 17, 2006|From the Associated Press

FORT WORTH — Defensive end Tommy Blake and some of his Texas Christian teammates got together two days before playing Texas Tech and watched the tape of the Red Raiders' 10-touchdown assault against them two years ago.

The sequel was much better for the No. 20 Horned Frogs.

"We wanted to get it in our heads how embarrassed we felt," Blake said. "We're better than that."

TCU got the ultimate revenge Saturday, holding No. 24 Texas Tech's pass-happy offense without a touchdown in a 12-3 victory -- two years after the Red Raiders won, 70-35, in the last meeting between the former Southwest Conference rivals.

"We gave them too much. We wanted to pitch a shutout," TCU Coach Gary Patterson said. "We've been waiting for this one for a long time."

Chris Manfredini kicked four field goals and TCU (3-0) won its 13th straight game. His longest kick was 34 yards, and the last was a 23-yarder with 4:19 left.

TCU's winning streak is the longest in NCAA Division I-A, and one short of the school record. The record streak included the Frogs' undefeated national championship in 1938, when quarterback Davey O'Brien won their only Heisman Trophy.

The only other time the Red Raiders (2-1) didn't score a touchdown in Mike Leach's 79 games over the last seven seasons was in a 56-3 loss to Nebraska in 2000, the coach's first year. They scored less than 10 points only one other time, a 42-7 loss at Texas in 2001.

"I'll be nice about that and politically correct like you're supposed to," Leach said. "But that was the sorriest offensive effort I've ever seen.

"Today, I coached the worst offense in America."

Texas Tech had only 242 total yards, and its opening drives of both halves ended on failed fourth-down conversions.

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