Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said the game didn’t set up “great” for Oklahoma, maybe because of the schemes within the game or the timing on the schedule.
More than anything else, Oklahoma wasn’t ready for Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin.
Boykin was the best player on the field Saturday during Oklahoma’s 37-33 loss to TCU, and he almost single-handedly beat the Sooners, ending their dreams of an undefeated season and putting their national championship hopes in serious jeopardy. “He was the big difference,” Stoops said. “Any time we played him before, he was much more controlled, calculated. I thought they’ve done a great job with him and building this offense around him. They showed a lot more tonight than they’ve shown previously.”
The vaunted Oklahoma pass rush was neutralized by TCU’s quick passing game. When they did reach Boykin, he eluded any oncoming Sooners with surprising ease.
He’d break multiple tackles and find his receivers down field on just about any down.
With the ball in his hands, Boykin converted eight times on third down and was stopped only four times – never with fewer than five yards to gain.
“Everything we did, it almost worked out,” Oklahoma defensive end Chuka Ndulue said. “He’s such a shifty guy that he’s basically unpredictable. When you think you have him, you don’t. He’s real shifty. He just managed to get out whenever we had him trapped.”
Boykin converted three times with more than 10 yards to gain on third down and failed only twice. He picked up three more conversions with the yardage to gain between five and nine yards. He was again stopped only twice.
With his legs, he picked up a pair of third-and-less-than-five-yard situations. And it was with his legs that he did the most damage Saturday night.
“He’s in there like a pinball,” Striker said. “That’s a talent a lot of quarterback don’t have. It’s kind of hard to track.” Oklahoma (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) turned Boykin over twice and sacked him twice, both in the first half. That just didn’t seem to matter. Boykin threw for 318 yards, two touchdowns and hit at a 52.6 percent rate – despite half a dozen dropped passes.
All of those numbers were better than his counterpart, Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight.
Boykin, who was responsible for 50 of TCU’s 78 total plays, rushed for a team-high 77 yards, and actually led the game in rushing yards until the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma wasn’t ready for a changed Boykin, who recorded just one first-half touchdown in his first two games against Oklahoma. He was different Saturday. He TCU to touchdowns on the first two drives of the game.
He was better – much better.
“I don’t know if we were prepared as we needed to be to play this game,” Stoop said. “They threw some stuff at us that was going to stress us whether we’d seen it or not. That quarterback, he ain’t going nowhere He’s going to put pressure on your defense every snap.”