Kenny Hill completed his first eight passes, freshman Kenedy Snell sizzled on a touchdown run and the defense produced four sacks and two returns for touchdowns as TCU got everything it wanted out of a season-opening 63-0 tuneup victory Saturday night against Jackson State of the Southwest Athletic Conference.
Hill, a senior from Southlake beginning his second season as the Horned Frogs’ starting quarterback, completed 18 of 23 passes for 206 yards and four touchdowns. He was intercepted on the first play of the second half but put together a sharp game in coach Gary Patterson’s 150th career victory, before 42,709 at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Snell, a freshman running back from Waxahachie who has been called the next KaVontae Turpin, scored the first time he touched the ball. He took a shovel pass on a jet sweep from one sideline to the other, scoring courtesy of a final block from Hill to complete a 13-yard play that covered much more ground than that.
The original KaVontae Turpin was not to be outdone. Two possessions later, the junior got the ball for the first time and turned it into a 39-yard score, zipping around the right side with trademark acceleration, a highlight of an evening that got the Frogs up to speed before next week’s test at Arkansas.
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Emanuel Porter’s 4-yard catch was part of a 21-point first quarter for the Frogs, who had the ball for only 3:38 of the period.
In the second quarter, the Frogs picked up their first defensive touchdown of the season when safety Ridwan Issahaku returned an interception — his first career — 53 yards for a score, TCU’s 18th pick-six since 2010.
Linebacker Arico Evans returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Desmon White caught two touchdown passes, and TreVontae Hights scored on a 56-yard catch-and-run.
Freshman backup quarterback Shawn Robinson’s first career completion was the 56-yarder to Hights, who made it his first career touchdown catch.
TCU—Snell 13 pass from K.Hill (Song kick), 8:10
TCU—Porter 4 pass from K.Hill (Song kick), 5:33
TCU—Turpin 39 run (Song kick), 1:35
TCU—Issahaku 53 interception return (Song kick), 7:24
TCU—D.White 13 pass from K.Hill (Song kick), 2:13
TCU—D.White 37 pass from K.Hill (Ritchie kick), 10:20
TCU—Hights 56 pass from S.Robinson (Song kick), 6:15
TCU—Evans 32 fumble return (Song kick), 4:43
TCU—D.Thomas 10 pass from S.Robinson (Song kick), 6:15
Time of Possession
RUSHING—Jackson St., J.Johnson 13-41, Q.Brown 4-14, Kennedy 3-13, Harper 1-3, Wheelock 2-3, Tav.Williams 2-2, J.Williams 4-0, J.Brown 1-(minus 2), (Team) 2-(minus 2), Hayes 1-(minus 4), Lyles 9-(minus 44). TCU, D.Anderson 13-67, S.Robinson 3-43, Turpin 1-39, Olonilua 7-30, Snell 4-27, Muehlstein 3-25, K.Hill 1-8, Nixon 2-5, Boyd 2-(minus 2).
PASSING—Jackson St., Jacquemin 0-1-0-0, Hayes 1-3-1-(minus 3), Lyles 5-9-0-40, J.Williams 1-1-0-4. TCU, K.Hill 18-23-1-206, S.Robinson 5-7-0-94.
RECEIVING—Jackson St., Floyd 2-33, J.Johnson 2-0, Ollie 1-9, Richey 1-4, Kennedy 1-(minus 5). TCU, Slanina 4-24, D.White 2-50, Reagor 2-37, Nixon 2-29, Diarse 2-20, Graham 2-16, Austin 2-14, Hights 1-56, Snell 1-13, Stewart 1-12, D.Thomas 1-10, Hunt 1-9, D.Anderson 1-6, Porter 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.