When a horned lizard feels threatened by a predator, it typically flattens and freezes in place in an attempt to blend in with the ground. But the reptile has another — albeit gross and unusual — defense mechanism, which is to shoot blood out of its eye sockets in an attempt to frighten its attacker.
It could be said that TCU, which enters this Saturday’s game against No. 15 Texas (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX) having lost three of its last four games, finds itself in a similarly desperate situation. So with that, it’s rather appropriate the Horned Frogs will wear alternate uniforms that feature a heavy dose of blood red accents.
The anthracite alternate uniform follows the same template as TCU’s standard look — with horns around the collar and a custom number font — but features a black collar and all-black horns, as opposed to contrasting colors, to bring attention to the red accents around the collar and sleeves. The numbers on the front have also been changed from silver to red with a purple outline, while the numbers on the sleeves are now purple with a red stroke.
The pants are simple, with the Horned Frogs’ primary logo — outlined in red — and a red Nike swoosh on opposing hips.
The only semblance of white throughout the entire uniform is the Big XII patch (which cannot be filled in with a non-school color per brand guidelines) and the College Football 150 logo.
The purple helmet also follows the same design template as TCU’s current lid, but appears to use a lighter shade than what has been worn this season. The primary logo on both sides is black with a red outline, and the two-tone black and red facemask mimics the blood that shoots out of the horned lizard’s eyes.
The Horned Frogs’ alternate uniforms are complete with purple backed gloves that feature red scale palms.
This isn’t the first time TCU has incorporated red into its purple and black color scheme, as the Horned Frogs wore “Spit Blood” Nike Pro Combat uniforms against LSU in 2013 as a nod to the aforementioned defense mechanism. The program also used a red border around its purple end zone design in the 2016 Alamo Bowl.
Check out more photos of their latest attempt below:
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