FORT WORTH, TX -- Bijan Robinson rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and Cameron Dicker's four field goals powered the Longhorns (4-1, 2-0) to a 32-27 victory over TCU (2-2, 0-1) at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The win was the first against the Horned Frogs in three seasons, and the first in Fort Worth since 2013.
Texas tallied 414 total yards of offense in a hard-fought victory, with 239 of those yards coming courtesy of Robinson. Texas quarterback Casey Thompson threw for 142 yards and a touchdown and one interception.
TCU turned the ball over three times and the Longhorns managed just nine points off of those turnovers. TCU tried to give the game away, but Texas couldn't close the door, allowing Gary Patterson's team to hang around until late in the game.
When the game clock expired however, Texas had done enough to improve its overall record to 4-1 and 2-0 in Big 12 play.
Offensive lineman Denzel Okafor was carter off the field early on after suffering an injury and being replaced by Andrej Karic.
The Longhorns will face Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas next Saturday at 11:00 am.
TCU's JD Spielman took the opening kickoff 87 yards setting up Zach Evans' 12-yard touchdown run to account for the first points of the game and a 7-0 lead for the Horned Frogs.
On their first offensive possession, the Longhorns drove the ball to the TCU 5-yard line but tight end Jared Wiley was flagged for a false start. Dylan Horton then sacked Casey Thompson for a 10-yard loss, allowing Cameron Dicker to make good on a 38-yard field goal.
After a stop and a solid TCU punt, the Longhorns began the next drive at their own 1-yard line. Texas went three-and-out but after review, TJ Carter was flagged for targeting on Jordan Whittington. The penalty gave Texas a fresh set of downs. Casey Thompson had a 41-yard rush on the 99-yard drive, which was capped with Bijan Robinson's 4-yard touchdown run to give the Longhorns a 10-7 lead.
Derius Davis' fumble at the Texas 40-yard line on TCU's ensuing possession was recovered by D'Shawn Jamison. Texas was forced to settle for another Cameron Dicker field goal after failing to convert on third down.
JD Spielman gave the Horned Frogs a 14-13 lead on an 11-yard touchdown reception as the first quarter came to a close.
The Longhorns punted for the first time in 10 quarters on the opening possession of the second quarter, but the punt was muffed by Derius Davis, and the Longhorns recovered at the TCU 9-yard line.
Texas once again was forced to settle for a Dicker field goal, giving the Longhorns a 16-14 advantage with 13:22 remaining in the second quarter.
TCU answered with a field goal of their own, a 25-yarder from Griffin Kell to regain the lead at 17-16.
Good field position and a couple of defensive penalties helped Texas on the next possession, which ended with Bijan Robinson's second touchdown run of the game (4-yards).
Texas took a 23-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
After a Longhorn punt to open the second half, TCU quarterback Max Duggan fumbled after being sacked by Texas DB Anthony Cook. Cook recovered the fumble at the Texas 49-yard line but Texas was penalized for an unsportsmanlike conduct. Three plays later Casey Thompson hit Jordan Whittington for a 31-yard strike. The Longhorns had to settle for Cameron Dicker's fourth field goal of the day, this time from 28 yards, to extend the Texas lead to 26-17.
Griffin Kell's 36-yard field goal capped a 7 play, 56-yard ensuing TCU drive leaving Texas clinging to a 26-20 lead.
The scoring continued for Texas to start the fourth quarter, with Jordan Whittington hauling in a Casey Thompson pass for 32 yards and a touchdown. The Longhorns attempted a two point conversion but weren't successful and held on to a 32-20 lead.
Texas was stopped on a 4th & goal at the TCU 1-yard line on their next possession. Max Duggan then engineered a 99-yard TCU drive that was capped by Kendre Miller's 3-yard touchdown run. The Horned Frogs cut the Texas lead to 32-27.
Bijan Robinson's two first downs on the final drive of the game were enough to run the clock out after TCU used its remaining timeouts.