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October 4, 2022

Head to Head History: TCU

Elisabeth Dillon

The roles seemed to have changed since the last time Texas and TCU met. In last year’s meeting, the Horned Frogs ranked No. 2 while the Longhorns were barely in the running, sitting at No. 25. This year, No. 7 Texas will play an unranked TCU, hoping to avenge last year’s bitter 17-10 loss.

The long history between the teams is over 100 years old, with Texas winning the debut game in 1897 with a score of 18-10. Both programs were members of the old Southwest Conference from 1923 to 1995, with Texas’ biggest winning streak happening between 1968 and 1991, racking up 24 consecutive victories.

After the Southwest Conference disbanded in 1995, the two teams took a break from playing each other, meeting only once in 2007 before TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012 and reignited the rivalry. Since then, they have played each other every year, with TCU winning eight of 10 matchups.

In the years between 2014 and 2017, the Horned Frog domination was in full swing as the team recorded its biggest winning streak. The team was ranked within the top 10 for three out of those four years. With back-to-back victories of 48-10 and 50-7 in 2014 and 2015, the large point difference margins would start to decrease in 2016 and 2017. The Longhorns eventually fought their way back on top in 2018 with a 31-16 victory.

But that win wasn’t enough to establish a new dominant team, as TCU returned to their winning ways the two years following before Texas managed to get a win again.

The last three matchups between the two teams have been very close, with the largest margin of victory being a one touchdown difference from their game in 2022. The Texas offense was criticized for its poor performance after the game.

“We got to look forward,” former running back Bijan Robinson said after last year’s loss. “All we can do is look forward to getting back to practice and being able to work hard again. This one does hurt, but I can’t take it back.”

Just a year before that, Texas took the win in Fort Worth 32-27, with the then-sophomore Robinson rushing 35 times for 216 yards and two touchdowns. 

The closest game in recent years was held in Austin in 2020, where the Longhorns fell 31-33 in the final minutes of the game, similar to their matchup in 1949 when one point was enough to give TCU the win. 

In the all-time series records, Texas is 64–28–1 against TCU and has historically been successful on the road with a 28​​–12 record, including the most recent appearance in 2021.

As Texas is set to move to the SEC next year, the 94th meeting between the teams on Saturday will mark the end of centuries of college football history and iconic success stories between the two.

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