The Horned Frogs did exactly what they were supposed to do against Jackson State University on Saturday night at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Soundly beat a Tigers team from a weaker conference 63-0. To do that, they had some help from a pair of Waxahachie High School alums.
"He's really done a lot of good things like that. I think you have Dez, Turpin and him at that position can all three do those kinds of things. That's what we're excited about," Head Coach Gary Patterson said about Kenedy Snell's 13-yard, sideline to sideline bolt to pay dirt. "You can keep a Turpin healthy because he doesn't have to play every snap."
Against the Southwest Athletic Conference-based Tigers, Snell shifted and juked his way to his first career touchdown run on a jet sweep into the teeth of the Tiger defense.
Senior quarterback Kenny Hill, who tossed an interception on the first play of the second half, completed his first eight passes and finished 18 of 23 for 206 yards. and threw four touchdowns. During the first two quarters, he found nine different receivers — including Snell and highly-touted wide receiver Jalen Reagor — and helped Patterson earn his 150th career victory.
Reagor and Snell entered the game as respective 4- and 3-star athletes, as rated by both ESPN and 247Sports' statistics, finished their careers at Waxahachie High School as leaders in receiving and rushing during their junior and senior years.
Reagor turned two of his three targets into 37 yards. The first reception, one of the 32-yard variety, fell four yards shy of paydirt.
Hill effused nothing but praise for his new freshmen weapons during the Saturday night press conference — including freeing one for his first career touchdown.
"They can go a little bit. I was so happy for those guys. Kenedy scored on his first touch and I thought Jalen was going to score on his first touch, too," he said. "I threw my hands up thinking it was a touchdown. It was good for them to get their feet wet, get in a game and get the nerves out a little bit."
Snell, who found a free path to the end zone after a crucial block from Hill, turned a should-have-been short gain into the Horned Frogs' first touchdown of the game.
"It just happened like that. I saw him come back and I was like, 'Oh let me get in there and make sure he scores,'" Hill continued, capping the statement with a slight chuckle. "I would have rather him go on the other side and score on that side but I'll always block for him if he needs it."
Waxahachie's duo accounted for 77 of Texas Christian University's 542 total yards and helped TCU outgain Jackson State. Snell had four rushes for 27 yards (6.8 YPC).
Each TCU quarterback — Hill and DeSoto freshman Shawn Robinson — finished with at least 90 yards, a touchdown and a quarterback rating above 200.
The touchdown catch made Snell Instagram famous, receiving more than 3 million views. It also was named as one of ESPN SportCenter's Top 10 Plays.
"Played my first collegiate game yesterday and had all types of fun doing it," Snell tweeted shortly after the blowout.
TCU will face the University of Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Razorback Stadium. The game will be televised by CBS.
Marcus S. Marion is the sports editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror. He can be reached by phone at (469) 517-1456 or across social media platforms @MarcusSMarion.