The Grades Are In: Baylor

It's time to take a look at how each Frogs unit performed against Baylor in their 49-21 win.

TCU was supposed to travel to Waco and lose their game to Baylor this week. Someone forgot to tell the Horned Frog players and coaches as they rolled to a convincing 49-21 victory over the Bears.

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!

Quarterbacks: A+
Stats: 22-of-30; 261 passing yards, 4 TD, 0 INT; 16 rushes, 56 yards, 1 TD

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

Runningbacks: B+
Stats: 37 rushes, 179 yards, 1 TD; 4.8 yards per carry; 2 catches 20 yards

Game Review: The rushing attack was mostly without the services of senior runningback Matthew Tucker for the second consecutive week but the runningbacks didn't skip a beat.

Tucker did get four carries on the night, rushing for 21 yards. He also hauled in an 11 yard catch. True freshman B.J. Catalon led the way again picking up 79 yards on 17 carries. Catalon ran hard all night, especially in the third and fourth quarters. Catalon's explosion had Baylor on their heels and for the last game and a half, he's shown to be a capable runner.

Aundre Dean gave the Frogs a nice 1-2 punch, picking up 73 yards on 15 carries. He had 32-yards on 2 carries on a pivotal fourth quarter drive for the Frogs that put them ahead 35-21. He also ran hard on 3rd and short conversions, showing nice second efforts on 1st quarter attempts.

Not to be forgotten, Laderice Sanders scored for the second consecutive week on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. He also had an excellent block in the third quarter on Josh Boyce's touchdown run.

Play of the game: Dean's 11-yard run in the 4th quarter

Wide receivers/Tight Ends: A
Stats: 20 receptions, 241 yards, 4 TD

Game review: Boykin had an excellent game but someone had to catch his passes, and the receivers did just that with their best game of the season as six different receivers caught passes.

Junior Josh Boyce, who had been quiet the last two games, ripped off 8 catches for 85 yards and 1 touchdown. Five of his receptions were on third downs and it became apparent early on that Boyce was destined for a big night.

Boyce wasn't alone in the big play department. Cam White had 4 catches for 51 yards and hauled his first two career touchdown catches. White was also big on third down, hauling in one catch that continued a drive while the other was a 15-yard catch and run for his second score of the night.

LaDarius Brown also hauled in a big touchdown pass on a third down attempt. Facing a 3rd and 19, Brown hauled in a 43-yard strike from Boykin that put the Frogs ahead 21-7. Brown also hauled in a 6-yard pass on third down that continued a Frogs' scoring drive.

Brandon Carter caught 3 passes for 23 yards and David Porter snagged 1 pass for 14 yards.

Play of the game: White's 15-yard TD

Offensive line: A
Stats: 509 total yards, 248 rushing yards

Game review: It doesn't take a genius to know, to keep a high scoring offense from scoring, they have to be on the sideline. If there ever was a time this season the offensive line had to play well, it was against Baylor. And they answered the call beautifully.

Sure, they did have some mistakes, a holding or chop block call, but overall what they did to Baylor's defensive line was nothing short of "woodshed" beating. Need proof, here's a number...41:52. That number represents the time of possession for the game and when you can get to that number, you're doing your job. The Frogs had three drives that covered at least ten plays and you don't accomplish that with bad blocking. The running lanes were wide most of the night and with the exception of a couple of sacks, the pass protection was top notch.

The drive in the fourth quarter scoring drive that put the Frogs up 49-21 was their best blocking performance of the year. The Frogs ran 6 plays (all runs) for 44 yards on the drive. It was an overpowering drive for the Frogs' o-line.

Play of the game: Running lane on Dean's 11 yard run in the 4th quarter.

Defensive line: A
Stats: 15 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3.0 TFL's

Game review: It was a strong performance for the Frogs' defensive line as they held to just 3.3 yards per rush and forced Baylor quarterback Nick Florence into some quick throws on the night.

Devonte Fields led the charge with 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Is there any question that he is the Big 12 freshman defensive player of the year up to this point? His sack in the fourth quarter was just pure speed running by a hapless offensive lineman. Fields also had a nice tackle for loss in the first quarter on Florence on a zone read play. Those plays don't compare to the play he made in the second quarter when he forced a Jared Salubi fumble. The Bears had advanced to the TCU 30-yard line.

The Bears had little running room most of the and for the Frogs using a four man rush they got nice pressure all night.

Stansly Maponga was held to only 1 tackle but he missed most of the game after an injury in the second quarter. James McFarland played mostly as his replacement but did not collect a tackle.

Quite possibly the most impressive feat on the night for the Frogs' defensive line was their ability to "keep pace" with the Bears' hurry up offense.

Play of the game: Fields forced fumble in the second quarter.

Linebackers: B+
Stats: 12 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 QB hurries

Game review: Joel Hasley and Kenny Cain had a tough test coming into the game…would they be able to keep up with Baylor's runningbacks and slot receivers? They certainly accomplished that mission.

Hasley led the Frogs in tackles with 8 on the night and also had a couple of big shots on Florence. Unfortunately, one of those blitzes resulted in a touchdown pass by the Bears. While it was bad for the Frogs' to allow the score, Hasley punished Florence on the throw. He only allowed one catch on the night by Tevin Reese, who came in with over 400 receiving yards. While the stat line doesn't show it, it was quite possibly his best performance of the year.

Kenny Cain also had a good game. He didn't collect many tackles, finishing with only four, but he did have some memorable plays. His first big play of the night came in the second quarter when he sacked Florence and forced the Bears into a 3rd and 15 situation. His second big play of the night was one that was stolen from him. After the Frogs went up 21-7, on the Bears ensuing drive Florence tossed a pass to Salubi over the middle, which the Bear runningback dropped. Cain did get beat on the play, but as Salubi dropped the pass it bounced off his foot and Cain cradled it. The ball never hit the ground but the officials totally missed it and the play was never reviewed. What should've been a great play for Cain resulted in the Bears keeping the ball and scoring just a few plays later. .

Play of the game: Cain's "non" interception

Cornerbacks: B+
Stats: 6 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 PBU's

Game review: This was by far the best performance of the season for Jason Verrett and Kevin White. Like Cain and Hasley, both White and Verrett had all eyes on them as they went head to head against the vaunted Baylor offense. And like the linebackers, they answered the bell in convincing fashion.

Both corners collected interceptions on the night and had a pass breakup. They did an excellent job on the outside and didn't let the Bear receivers haul in a deep pass (Williams and Reese passes were against safeties). Verrett's interception gave the Frogs momentum early in the fourth quarter when on the Bears' second drive he scooped up a low pass from Florence that gave the Frogs excellent field position and it ultimately led to their first scoring drive.

White's interception also came at a great time. After the Frogs extended their lead to 35-21 in the fourth quarter, the Bears who took just one play to score on their previous drive, got the ball back and on 2nd and 8 White stepped in front of a Florence pass and returned it 24-yards to the Bears 14-yard line. Three plays later the Frogs extended their lead to 42-21 on Boykin's 15-yard toss to Boyce.

They did give up a couple of third down conversions but for both corners it was a redemption compared to last year's game where both corners gave up big plays on the night.

Play of the game: Verrett's first quarter interception

Safeties: B+
Stats: 17 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery

Game review: It's been said plenty but really can't be said enough. Yes, the safeties did give up some big plays, but in the grand scheme of things, they outplayed the Baylor receivers and it showed in the turnover column.

First off, Sam Carter had by far the best game of his career. The sophomore strong safety collected two sacks, 1 interception and was second on the team with 7 tackles. Chris Hackett gave up two big plays, but also had two big plays defensively to make up for his mistakes.

Both of them combined on a sequence of plays in the first quarter when Baylor was in the midst of a 14-play drive and had advanced the ball down to the TCU 26 yard line. On 2nd and 8, Sam Carter blitzed from Nick Florence's blind side and sacked the Baylor quarterback for a 7-yard loss. Now facing a 3rd ad 15, Florence attempted to throw across his body to a Bear receiver that Hackett had blanket coverage on. Hackett intercepted the pass and returned it 23 yards. Although the offense didn't produce a score off the turnover, it kept the Bears from taking a lead.

Hackett's next big play of the night came after the Bears had drove 31 yards on two plays down to the TCU 30-yard line. Thanks to a forced fumble by Fields, Hackett jumped on the ball and stopped another Bears scoring opportunity.

Elisha Olabode collected three tackles, including a tackle for loss in the first quarter. .

Play of the game: Olabode's interception

Special teams: B+
Stats: 8 kickoffs, 6 touchbacks; 7-of-7 XP

Game review: The Frogs didn't get much of an opportunity in the return game and since the Frogs were clicking so well on offense, Jaden Oberkrom didn't have a field goal attempt.

Skye Dawson led the Frogs return game, returning 2 kicks for 36 yards. He didn't have any punt return yards, calling two fair catches on both Baylor punts.

The kickoff team did well on the night allowing a long of only 19 yards. Of course, of 8 Oberkrom kicks, 6 of them went for touchbacks. One of his kicks, into the wind, allowed his coverage team to virtually be on top of Baylor returner Darius Jones on one kickoff. Jones returned it only 11 yards to the Baylor 11-yard line.

Play of the game: Oberkroms kickoffs.

Jeremy Clark has covered TCU football and recruiting since 2005. He spent seven years with another recruiting service before joining the FoxSports/Scout.com family in February 2012. He has made appearances on FoxSports Southwest and the NFL Network and radio stations nationwide in his nearly eight years of covering the Frogs.
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