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#MayTheFourth troll of Texas reveals the program’s TCU problem

The Longhorns simply can’t beat the Horned Frogs in football.

NCAA Football: Texas at Texas Christian Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

The fourth day of May is typically a time when social media accounts simply make corny Star War jokes, but the account for the TCU Horned Frogs football program decided on a slightly different course of action on Friday with a vicious troll of the Texas Longhorns:


There’s certainly no question that the two programs have headed in opposite directions since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012 — head coach Gary Patterson’s program is now 5-1 against the Longhorns during that stretch.

TCU has won a Big 12 title, finished in the top 10 nationally three different times, and won three bowl games in those years. Meanwhile, Texas has, uh, played in football games. More specifically, the program is now on its third head coach and just posted its first winning season since 2013.

The only victory for Texas against TCU came in 2013 in Fort Worth in a game delayed due to severe weather. Since then, the Horns haven’t managed to score more than 10 points or even keep a game within two scores.

The Cowtown Beatdown of 2015 was one of the most embarrassing losses of the Charlie Strong era and featured one of its most embarrassing moments overall — cornerback Kris Boyd retweeting a plea to transfer to Texas A&M at halftime. As if losing 37-0 at that point wasn’t bad enough.

Even in the midst of Tom Herman’s first season that saw the Horns avoid the ugly blowouts that Strong’s team suffered at the hands of the Horned Frogs and other opponents, the loss to TCU was the most lopsided game of the season. Texas gave up 17 unanswered points to TCU to start the game and never seriously threatened the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth.

Apart from any other considerations in the Big 12 like beating Oklahoma more consistently or avoiding losses to programs like Texas Tech, it’s clear that Texas won’t be a contender at the conference or national level without beating TCU more frequently than once in six years.