Rapid Reaction: SMU vs. TCU

Patrick reacts to SMU's loss to TCU at Ford Stadium Saturday.

How it Happened

TCU dominated from the start. Trevone Boykin had all day to throw. He threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns. TCU got its playmakers the ball in space, and they ran wild. Speedster and jack-of-all trades Deante’ Gray had 112 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns. Running back B.J. Catalon rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown. The game was over when Trevone Boykin scored from nine yards out with 50 seconds left in the first half. The touchdown put TCU up 28-0, and it came after Darius Joseph’s 36-yard touchdown was called back because he was ruled down by contact at the 30. SMU then turned it over on downs, and the Horned Frogs marched down the field in a minute and ten seconds to score.

What it means

Garrett Krstich wasn’t great, but he moved the ball enough and still looks like SMU’s best option right now. After another lackluster game from the pass rushers, changes could be in store there. The secondary is still banged up. Horace Richardson limped off the field twice. Jesse Montgomery filled in and made a couple nice plays, but also got beat a couple times. He could see action if the injuries continue. Stephon Sanders had a decent game, and continues to be one of SMU’s few steady defenders.

Side Note

Twice the Mustangs had points taken away. Joseph had a 36-yard touchdown reception called back when he was ruled down by contact at the 30-yard line. At first, it looked like he was tackled onto a defender and never hit the ground. But it was reviewed and his knee clearly hit the ground. TCU was also pinned at the 1-yard line after it stopped SMU at the goal line early in the second quarter. On second down from the 1-yard line, Trevone Boykin ran out of the back of the end zone for a safety. But Zach Wood jumped offside and the play was negated. TCU continued the drive and scored a touchdown.

What's up next

The Mustangs travel to East Carolina next week. The Pirates are ranked 23rd in the AP poll and are by far the best team in the American Atheletic Conference.

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