FORT WORTH — Max Duggan passed for a career-high 390 yards and five touchdowns to lead TCU to a 59-17 victory over Tarleton Saturday night in Fort Worth.
Sonny Dykes, in his home debut, became the first TCU head football coach to win his opening two games since Dutch Meyer in 1934. He is the 11th Horned Frogs coach since Meyer, who guided TCU to national championships in 1935 and 1938.
Duggan made his 30th career start and led the Horned Frogs to scores on seven of his eight series. Duggan was 23-of-29 in the air with no interceptions.Duggan’s five touchdown passes were the most by a Horned Frog since Kenny Hill had five against Kansas in 2017. It also tied for second-most in a game by a Horned Frog.
Duggan’s career-high fifth touchdown toss of the night was a 29-yard strike to true freshman Jordan Hudson, his first career score and part of his team-best five receptions for 76 yards.
TCU scored on nine of its 12 possessions in the game. The only non-scoring series ended with a missed field goal, a fumble out of the end zone and a punt in the final two minutes.
The Horned Frogs’ 630 yards of offense were its most since totaling 688 in a 62-22 win at Baylor in 2016.
TCU took a 6-0 lead on its opening drive as Duggan found a wide open Derius Davis in the end zone for a 19-yard scoring strike. A key play on the 8-play, 62-yard drive was a 12-yard Duggan completion to Taye Barber on a 4th-and-3 at the Tarleton 33.
On the ensuing series, Josh Newton’s first interception as a Horned Frog set up TCU at the Tarleton 11. Three plays later, Duggan hit Jared Wiley on a 6-yard scoring pass. A 2-point rush by Davis made it 14-0 with 6:14 left in the first quarter.
A 44-yard completion from Duggan to Blake Nowell was followed by Kendre Miller’s 1-yard scoring run to make it 21-0 with 3:16 left in the first quarter. On TCU’s next drive, a 37-yard pass from Duggan to Chase Curtis set up a 2-yard scoring reception for Quincy Brown, one of his two touchdowns on the night.
Sam Jackon’s 39-yard completion to Gunnar Henderson set up his own 1-yard scoring run on the next play to extend TCU’s lead to 35-7 with 7:21 left in the second quarter.
TCU led 38-7 at the half after a Luke Laminack 36-yard field goal with 1:05 left in the second quarter.
Emani Bailey closed the scoring for TCU with a 37-yard touchdown run with 12:06 to play.