As we've done for several seasons, we take a look at how each unit performed and grade them on it. This is based solely the opinion of HornedFrogBlitz.com. With that said, let's take a look!
Game review: It took a while to decide which grade should be given to Trevone Boykin on his second performance. Should it be an A or A+? After a brief thought, it's an A+ all the way and here's why.
Boykin obviously had a good stat line, accounting for five scores on the night. But let's consider one thing, he's a freshman. Let's look at something else, his second career start. For Boykin, he looked like a seasoned veteran on the night and by the end of the game fans and media across the Big 12 landscape knew that the replacement for Casey Pachall had some game himself.
Boykin was the dagger in Baylor's heart, not once, not twice, but three times. Boykin directed drives of 10 plays or more three separate times. He was lethal on third down plays, completing 100% of his passes. His best throw of the night? Pick one, the touchdown throws were all accurate. His best moment of the night came when Baylor had cut the lead to 21-14 and the momentum had shifted the Bears way. On the Frogs ensuing drive, Boykin directed a 15-play, 74-yard drive that drained 7:44 off the clock. On the drive Boykin completed 6-of-7 passes for 54 yards. He completed 3-of-3 passes on third down conversions.
The wasn't much Boykin didn't do. Sure, he took a few sacks but one play really stood out. In the first quarter the Frogs faced a 2nd and 16 and a Baylor safety blitzed off the edge to Boykin's blind side. Somehow, Boykin avoided the sack and another Bear defender was there to have his chance at a tackle. Boykin avoided him to and had the smarts to throw the ball away avoiding what could've been an 8-yard loss to no loss. It wasn't just him avoiding the rush all night, it's hard to think of one pass that you can say, "that was a terrible throw".
Boykin's passing was equaled by superb running. His 25-yard scamper on 3rd and 19 was a momentum shifter. He finished with 56 yards but without the sacks he would've finished with 79.
Play of the game: Boykin's 43-yard TD pass to Ladarius Brown