Last week, TCU receiver Josh Doctson went from out to the year with a wrist injuryto playing in the very next game after some bad word choice. But quarterback Trevone Boykin is questionable at best after a reported high ankle sprain on the first series against Kansas.
It’s just a continuing trend for the Horned Frogs, who have struggled to remain healthy since the season even began. Things are getting worse. After losing the first game of the season to Oklahoma State two weeks ago, No. 11 TCU nearly lost to the Jayhawks – pulling away ever so slightly after a halftime tie.
With the nation’s leader in total offense on the bench and Doctson held to just one catch, TCU found a way to hang on to a six-point win against a team still searching for its first victory.
It’s left a lot of questions for a team that some thought would contend for a national championship
"I don't know how these next two weeks will go because we are pretty banged up, but we'll be back to a pretty good football team by (bowl) time,” TCU coach Gary Patterson told reporters after the Horned Frogs’ victory. “This group will battle. They will play hard the next two weeks."
The loss of Doctson and Boykin is just another ripple in the wave of injuries that have held TCU back this season. The Horned Frogs played Saturday without their starting right guard and left tackle.
Left guard Jamelle Naff was injured during the game.
"You can't blame it on injuries,” TCU center Joey Hunt. “We want to win games, and the next guy's got to step up. They're a part of this program just as much as everyone else, so it's something guys have been able to do and hopefully we can get some guys back."
It’s an unknown which TCU team will show up in Norman next week. The Oklahoma Sooners have to be ready for any team, specifically one with or without Boykin, who lost his first game in more than a year and then couldn’t play in the second half against Kansas.
Still, TCU has won nine games this season – despite all the injuries.
"At the end of the day, that's what TCU football does,” TCU running back Aaron Green said. “The next person steps up, and we find a way to win. We basically played with our second-string offensive line today. I think we only had two starters in there, but those guys went in there and got the job done. They did what they had to do and played well enough for us to win.”