GAMEDAY College Football

Texas Christian 38, Colorado 13

By PAT GRAHAM
AP Sports Writer

BOULDER, Colo. - Derius Davis scored on a 60-yard punt return and a 27-yard reverse to help TCU open the Sonny Dykes era with a 38-13 win over Colorado.

Dykes took over for longtime TCU coach Gary Patterson after spending the last four seasons at SMU, where he revived the program.

Maybe it was the delayed start - about 35 minutes due to lightning in the area - but the Horned Frogs couldn't get much going early. Once they did, the Buffaloes couldn't stop their speed. The Horned Frogs outscored Colorado 31-7 after halftime to turn a close game into a rout.

The Buffaloes entered the game on their home turf as a 13 1/2-point underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Davis ignited a sluggish TCU squad early in the second quarter by fielding a punt, finding room around the edge and sprinting down the sideline for his fourth career punt-return touchdown. That ties KaVontae Turpin for the most in school history.

Davis scored in the fourth quarter on a trick play to make it 31-6 and seal the win.

Emari Demercado added a 43-yard touchdown run through the heart of the Colorado defense early in the third quarter.

TCU came away with points on all five of its second-half drives before a kneel-down to close out the game.

The Horned Frogs went with quarterback Chandler Morris over Max Duggan to start the game. Morris left late in the third quarter after a defender landed on his left leg. He had a towel over his head and ice on his knee as Duggan took over.

Duggan engineered a 10-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in a 3-yard TD run from Kendre Miller.

Colorado went with Brendon Lewis at quarterback before he was relieved for a drive late in the second quarter by J.T. Shrout, the Tennessee transfer who missed all of last season after hurting his knee in Colorado's camp.

Shrout's first pass for the Buffaloes went for 35 yards, but Lewis was back to start the second half. Shrout was inserted in the final period and threw a 23-yard TD pass to Jordyn Tyson with 1:13 remaining.

THE TAKEAWAY

TCU: The Horned Frogs have now won eight of their last nine season openers.

Colorado: The Buffaloes had three drives stall out at or inside the 25. It resulted in two fields goals and being stopped on downs.

HONORING BRANCH

The Buffaloes honored the late Cliff Branch, who was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Branch played two seasons at Colorado, where he excelled as a receiver and a returner. Branch was a fourth-round pick in the 1972 draft by the Raiders. He had 501 catches for 8,685 yards and 67 touchdowns over 14 seasons with the franchise.

Branch died in 2019 at 71.

GAME NO. 500

Longtime Colorado sports information director David Plati worked his 500th game Friday for the Buffaloes football team. Plati, who's in his 40th season as a full-time staff member at Colorado, will semi-retire in January. One of his roles will be the program's historian.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TCUColo
Colo FG 4:44 Cole Becker 37 yard field goal 0 3
Second Quarter TCUColo
TCU TD 14:36 Derius Davis 60 yard punt return for TD (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 7 3
Colo FG 7:38 Cole Becker 43 yard field goal 7 6
Third Quarter TCUColo
TCU TD 11:56 Emari Demercado 43 yard TD run (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 14 6
TCU FG 3:45 Griffin Kell 33 yard field goal 17 6
Fourth Quarter TCUColo
TCU TD 10:55 Kendre Miller 3 yard TD run (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 24 6
TCU TD 7:55 Derius Davis 27 yard TD run (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 31 6
TCU TD 3:15 Sam Jackson 7 yard TD run (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 38 6
Colo TD 1:13 Jordyn Tyson 23 yard TD pass from J.T. Shrout (Cole Becker Extra Point) 38 13
Team Stats
  TCU Colorado
First downs 16 21
  Rushing 9 8
  Passing 7 11
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 5-11, 45% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-3, 0%
Rushes-Yards 30-275 29-113
Passing Yards 138 235
Return Yards 72 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 15-23-0 26-41-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2-17
Punts 3 4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-60 5-30
TCU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Morris 13 20 111 0 0
M. Duggan 2 3 27 0 0
Colorado Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Shrout 13 23 157 1 0
B. Lewis 13 18 78 0 0
TCU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Miller 8 52 6.5 1
E. Demercado 4 49 12.3 1
S. Jackson 3 44 14.7 1
E. Bailey 3 42 14.0 0
M. Duggan 3 41 13.7 0
D. Davis 1 27 27.0 1
C. Morris 4 18 4.5 0
T. Battle 2 4 2.0 0
Colorado Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Lewis 8 42 5.3 0
A. Fontenot 8 31 3.9 0
D. Smith 7 30 4.3 0
J. Stacks 2 8 4.0 0
C. Offerdahl 1 6 6.0 0
J. Shrout 3 -4 -1.3 0
TCU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Williams 3 31 10.3 0
D. Davis 2 25 12.5 0
Q. Johnston 3 22 7.3 0
G. Spivey 1 20 20.0 0
J. Wiley 2 13 6.5 0
B. Nowell 1 9 9.0 0
T. Barber 1 9 9.0 0
J. Hudson 1 8 8.0 0
K. Miller 1 1 1.0 0
Colorado Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Arias 4 66 16.5 0
J. Tyson 2 26 13.0 1
C. Sowell 2 23 11.5 0
M. Lemonious-Craig 2 23 11.5 0
B. Russell 3 19 6.3 0
J. Jackson 2 18 9.0 0
J. Hestera 3 17 5.7 0
R. Sneed II 2 17 8.5 0
C. Penry 1 11 11.0 0
D. Smith 2 7 3.5 0
C. Fauria 1 5 5.0 0
M. Bell 2 3 1.5 0
TCU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Colorado Interceptions
Player Int Yards
TCU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sandy 3 124 41.3
Colorado Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Logan 4 173 43.3
TCU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Davis 3 72 24.0
Colorado Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
TCU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Colorado Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
TCU Missed FG
Player Length
Colorado Missed FG
Player Length




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