Frog 5: Thoughts on TCU-Texas Tech

A quintet of observations from the weekend that was for TCU Football.


by Caroline Collier '98 and Rick Waters '95
Updated: Monday, October 27, 2014

Against Texas Tech, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was 22-of-39 for 433 yards passing with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. (Photography by Sharon Ellman)

The Horned Frogs were hosting Oklahoma State for the first time since 1992 and first as a Big 12 foe. The game was supposed to be TCU football’s last contest in a grueling three-game stretch against Top 15 opponents. The Cowboys entered the game atop the conference with a 3-0 league mark, but by the time it was over, the Frogs had emerged as the Big 12’s strongest contender. The offense rolled up 676 yards, fifth-most in program history, behind career days from quarterback Trevone Boykin and receiver Josh Doctson. Equally impressive, the Frog defense kept OSU out of the end zone for the duration and held the Cowboys without a pass reception in the second half. Concerns about a hangover from last week’s excruciating loss to Baylor were answered with resounding fury. 

Five things that stood out from where we sat:

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Records fell and the season supply of fireworks was expended as No. 10 TCU put a historic beatdown of Big 12 Conference rival Texas Tech. After rolling up 676 yards a week before against then-No. 15 Oklahoma State, the Horned Frogs put up a new school mark of 785 yards this week on the woeful Red Raider defense. By the end, the scoreboard read: TCU 82, Texas Tech 27. Frog quarterback Trevone Boykin would be the darling of highlight shows and picked as the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week. 

Five things that stood out from where we sat:

1. Dust off the suitcases

Lost in the conversation about a possible playoff appearance or Heisman candidate and a record-setting game is the fact TCU is now bowl-eligible. Several possible destinations await, and a lot of football remains on the schedule, but set aside some traveling money. You’re going to need it, Frog Nation.

2. Explosions in the Sky

TCU scored so many points, it ran out of fireworks ... for the season. Our ears are still ringing from the constant blasting of the Frog Horn. How did one of the worst offensive producers in the FBS in 2013 end up leading the nation in scoring midway through 2014? The Frogs have already scored 353 points this year, compared to 301 in all of 2013. We may spend years debating exactly how this happened and who deserves the credit, but for now, best to simply enjoy. ESPN's Max Olson has more on the pyro shortage.

3. That's my Boykin

The quarterback said he wanted to "cancel" any talk linking him to the Heisman. Then he was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his career-high 461-yard performance. (That's 433 passing, 28 rushing.) Boykin is quickly becoming a household name for football fans across the land. Meanwhile, he is leaving his signature all over TCU's record book. He is now in third place on TCU's career passing touchdowns list with 43, trailing only Andy Dalton (71) and Max Knake (49). In all fairness, the offensive miracle at Amon G. Carter Stadium has been a team effort, and considering his wishes, there will be no mention of a trophy. Oops.

4. Big Day Gray

Deanté Gray hauled in his sixth touchdown reception of the season. Impressive considering the wealth of talent in the wide receiver unit. But his second touchdown of the day was not the highlight of a 165-yard performance. That would have been his 92-yard blazing first score which is now listed as TCU's fifth-longest play in more than a century of football action.

5. Bitten by the bug

The only negative from Saturday's Raider lashing was the sudden appearance of the injury bug, which had left the Frogs largely untouched until Saturday. This team is much better with Josh Doctson catching the ball, so hopefully his ankle injury isn't too serious. As for Matt Joeckel's knee, let's cross our fingers he recuperates quickly. Don't want to dwell on any negative potentialities, but losing an experienced backup quarterback could turn into a major issue.

And here are five stats that put the game in perspective:

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Photo And here are five stats that put the game in perspective:

1. In 16 possessions, the Horned Frogs scored 10 touchdowns, kicked four field goals and punted twice. Once they hit 68 points, a TCU Athletics staffer radioed Drew Martin, associate athletics director for marketing and licensing, to say he only had one firework left in the season's supply. Frogs will get more pyrotechnics. They'll need them.

2. TCU has taken the field as a Top 10 team under Gary Patterson in 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2014. The Frogs are 24-3 in those games.

3. The depth on this 2014 team is crazy good. For the first time in its history, TCU had a 400-yard passer (Trevone Boykin, 418), two 100-yard rushers (Aaron Green, 105; Trevorris Johnson, 105) and a 100-yard receiver (Deante’ Gray, 165). This came after last week when the Frogs had a 400-yard passer, 200-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher for the first time ever.

4. The Frogs are now averaging 50.4 points per game, most in the NCAA. This is astonishing, given that the team averaged less than half that a year ago. Through seven games, the team's 353 points has more than surpassed last year's 12-game total of 301.

5. For the fourth straight game, TCU set a single-game scoring record in its all-time series against an opponent (37, Oklahoma; 58, Baylor; 42, Oklahoma State; 68, Texas Tech 82). The Frogs have recorded their largest margin of victory in a Big 12 game in each of the last two games. The Horned Frogs defeated Oklahoma State, 42-9, last week and Texas Tech, 82-27, on Saturday.



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