TCU football took a major hit against Oklahoma on Saturday, when star-tailback Darius Anderson suffered a foot injury in the second quarter. TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Anderson likely will miss the rest of the regular season.
Though it’s just one piece of TCU’s offense, losing Anderson is the last thing the Horned Frogs wanted to see ahead of their Nov. 18 matchup against Texas Tech — which TCU opened up as 7-point favorites.
As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Carlos Mendez wrote, Anderson’s injury only adds up to an even more depleted TCU offense.
The Horned Frogs already lost center Patrick Morris to injury at the end of September. Though Morris could finally return to action against the Red Raiders, Patterson did not confirm whether the center would play.
The Horned Frogs’ kicking unit was also without starter Jonathan Song at Oklahoma due to a groin injury. Ryan Graf entered in place of Song, only to miss TCU’s first field goal of the season.
If TCU is to be without its leading rusher and center for Texas Tech and possibly Baylor, the Horned Frogs fearsome running game — which has been on and off in recent contests — could have plenty of issues to solve in those games. The absence of Song would only further complicate things.
Fortunately, the Horned Frogs still have tailbacks Kyle Hicks and Sewo Olonilua available in the stretch run. Hicks has recorded 473 yards on the ground and 182 receiving yards this season. Quarterback Kenny Hill has also managed 193 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns in 2017.
TCU won’t be facing quite the intimidating force that it did in the form of Oklahoma against Texas Tech and Baylor — both of which own non-winning records. But as Patterson often says, the “next guy will have to step up” on offense for TCU in the immediate road ahead.
TCU and Texas Tech are set for kickoff at 11 a.m. from Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock on Nov. 18. TCU is 2-3 against the Red Raiders in the Big 12 series, with a 1-1 mark in Lubbock.