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TCU vs. Texas 2012: Frogs strong defense is back

TCU's dominating defense might be on its way back, if recent results are anything to go by. They showed up big time in TCU's 20-13 win over the Texas Longhorns.

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The TCU Horned Frogs dominated with fantastic defensive performances in their best years of the past decade, but they were missing some of that defensive dominance last season and for large chunks of this year. In recent games, the 20-13 victory over the Texas Longhorns included, that defense has started to rear its head again. TCU's near-miss against the Kansas State Wildcats, where they dominated the game defensively but still barely lost in the end, was another solid, recent example.

Following the Texas game, Horned Frogs blog Frogs O War let all of its editors have a take on the game, and Purple Wimple gave a glowing review of the defensive performance that the Frogs were able to put together:

Wow the Purple People Eaters are back. It was evident against Kansas State that this defense had begun to be the monster we all missed last season, and at times this season. But in Austin the monster's growl became a roar. If Devonte Fields is not the Big 12 freshman of the year, I'd like to see who is. If Jason Verrett and Elisha Olabode are not first-team Big 12 defensive backs, I'd like to see who is.

TCU will be returning 10 players on defense next season, so the flashes of brilliance and occasional solid game performances that the unit has put together in 2012 should get even better going into 2013.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.