The Grades Are In: Texas Tech

The TCU Horned Frogs fell to 5-2 and 2-2 in Big 12 conference play with their 56-53 loss to Texas Tech.

The Horned Frogs played one of the most exciting games of the season on Saturday against Texas Tech. The two top 25 teams entertained over 47,000 in attendance but in the end the Frogs lost their second consecutive home game, 56-53 in triple overtime.

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 With that said, let's take a look!

Quarterbacks: B
Stats: 26-of-44; 332 passing yards, 4 TD, 2 INT; 15 rushes, 16 yards

Game review: The Frogs lost a nail biter against the Red Raiders, but Boykin played another good game and kept the Frogs in it until the very end.

Boykin tossed four touchdowns for the second consecutive game and for the most part looked accurate for the second consecutive week. Tech did a very good job of containing him running the football as he finished with only 16 yards.

But give Boykin credit, he was sacked two times and hit on a few others and he continued to play hard. It's hard to take in that this kid is still a freshman and on the Frogs' last two scoring drives in regulation he looked like a veteran. His last drive to lead the Frogs into scoring range he completed four passes for 62 yards. His 36-yarder to Skye Dawson to open the drive was an absolute bullet. His 60-yard touchdown pass to Ladarius Brown was quite possibly his best throw of the season.

Boykin did toss two interceptions but one of those wasn't his fault and the other was just a bad decision throwing into a crowd. Had the second interception not happened, he would've received a B+ for the day.

Play of the game: Boykin's 60-yard TD pass to LaDarius Brown

Runningbacks: B+
Stats: 27 rushes, 168 yards, 1 TD; 6.2 yards per carry; 4 catches 29 yards, 1 TD

Game Review: For the second consecutive week the Frogs runningbacks produced some big plays, averaging over 6 yards per carry on the night.

The Frogs were led on the ground for the third consecutive week by freshman B.J. Catalon, who rushed for 72 yards on 12 carries. His 28-yarder on the Frogs' helped them quickly go up 7-0. Catalon also scored the second touchdown in overtime to tie the score at 50.

Matthew Tucker finished with 59 yards on 12 carries including a touchdown in the second quarter. His 2-yard run on 4th and 1 in the second quarter was all effort on his part and eventually the Frogs went up 17-7 on that drive with another tough Tucker run from four yards out.

Aundre Dean surprising only carried the ball three times but on those three carries he gained 37 yards. Of course, he had a long of 37 yards in the first quarter that led to an eventual field goal.

Play of the game: Dean's 37 yard run

Wide receivers/Tight Ends: B+
Stats: 22 receptions, 303 yards, 3 TD

Game review: Just as they did against Baylor, the TCU receivers stepped up against Texas Tech's "#4" defense. Skye Dawson led the way with a career-high 10 catches for 154 yards and 1 touchdown. He set the stage early for a big game with his 19-yard touchdown reception on the Frogs first drive. He was without a doubt Boykin's go-to receiver. His big play continued on the Frogs' last drive of regulation with a nice 36-yard catch and run. He would've loved to have a second chance at Boykin's deep pass to him earlier in the quarter, but it did appear the Tech defender did get his hand on the ball. Overall, Dawson had an "A" performance.

Josh Boyce hauled in 7 catches, but for only 52 yards. He had a long of 16 yards on one catch so that should tell you that his average per catch wasn't close to his average. His OT touchdown was crucial and his second quarter catch of 11 yards eventually led to Matthew Tucker's score on the next play to put the Frogs up 17-7.

LaDarius Brown was quiet for nearly the whole game until his 60 yard reception for a score that brought the Frogs to within three points. He also caught a 10-yard pass in OT which helped continue a drive. He did have a drop on a third down conversion earlier in the game however.

Brandon Carter had his second consecutive game that he was relatively quiet. He did haul in 2 catches for 21 yards, including a huge 15-yarder on third down in the second quarter. On the play it looked like Carter tweaked his ankle but he returned later in the game but was a non-factor

Cam White, who had a breakout game against Baylor, hauled in 1 catch for 6 yards. Without a doubt he'd love another chance at his fourth quarter drop that was intercepted and eventually led to a Red Raiders score.

Play of the game: Dawson's 36-yard reception in the fourth quarter

Offensive line: B
Stats: 516 total yards

Game review: The Frogs' offense racked up over 500 yards of total offense for the second consecutive week.

The line did a great job of creating running lanes between the tackles in the first half opening running lanes for Catalon's 28-yarder and Dean's 37-yarder. In all, the Frogs running game racked up 184 total yards. Eric Tausch's block in OT set up Josh Boyce's touchdown catch on a tunnel screen.

But, it wasn't all great for the Frogs' offensive line. They lost right guard Blaize Foltz midway through the second quarter and he never returned. John Wooldridge replaced Foltz and played well for the most part but did get called for a holding penalty. In all the Frogs were hit with three false start penalties and allowed two sacks on the day. None was bigger than the fourth quarter sack when the Frogs were at the Tech 19-yard line and forced them to spike the ball on third down to set up for the 42-yard field goal. .

Play of the game: Running lane on Dean's 37 yard run in the 1st quarter.

Defensive line: B
Stats: 14 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 5.0 TFL's

Game review: For the second consecutive week, the Frogs defensive line played a great game, this week limiting the Red Raiders to just 71 yards on 27 carries and sacking quarterback Seth Doege three times.

Devonte Fields again led the charge picking up a sack and two tackles for loss on the day. He collected 3 tackles on the day but while he hasn't looked like a freshman much of the year, his personal foul in the first overtime for roughing the passer helped the Red Raiders tie the score.

Jon Koontz got the start in place of injured all-American Stansly Maponga. Koontz recorded one tackle on the afternoon.

Josh Carraway became the 16th true freshman to play for the Horned Frogs this season working at left end. Carraway collected one tackle as well. James McFarland got one tackle including a half tackle for loss.

The interior of the Frogs defense really stood out with the play of Davion Pierson and Chuck Hunter who collected 7 tackles between the two of them and 1.5 sacks.

Play of the game: Fields third quarter sack of Doege.

Linebackers: C
Stats: 13 tackles, 3 TFL

Game review: Joel Hasley recorded 9 tackles in the game which included three tackles for loss. However, the one tackle he'd love to have back is the one he missed on Kenny Williams 47-yard run. He was also called for a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on the Raiders' second scoring drive.

Regardless, he still played a decent game against the Red Raiders. His first tackle for loss was on a first and goal series for Texas Tech which he tackle Doege for a loss of four. Of course, the next play the Raiders scored.

Kenny Cain picked up four tackles but he struggled mightily with passes over the middle, including a long completion on the Red Raiders first scoring drive. He also appeared to be the victim on the Red Raiders' last touchdown that won the game in triple overtime.

Play of the game: Hasley's tackle for loss in the first quarter

Cornerbacks: C+
Stats: 12 tackles, 0 interceptions, 3 PBU's

Game review: Jason Verrett continued his strong play of late, leading the Horned Frogs with 11 tackles and 3 PBU's. White was relentless in coverage on Tech receivers and only gave up a long of 17 the first overtime.

Verrett wasn't only a force against the pass, he also recorded two huge tackles for loss on two corner blitzes.

Kevin White didn't fare so well. White was the victim of three touchdown passes but on two of those, it appeared that the Red Raiders got away with two blatant offensive pass interference calls. Nothing was worse than the first Tech touchdown in OT when receiver Eric Ward pushed off so bad that he basically looked all over the field for a flag.

Although White struggled, Tech's passing game was held to much less than their season average through three and a half quarters. Neither got an interception but White had a huge PBU in the second quarter that he nearly intercepted.

Play of the game: White's PBU

Safeties: C-
Stats: 16 tackles

Game review: The safeties didn't have their best game of the year, falling suspect to several passes over the middle and a few touchdown receptions.

Chris Hackett led the way with 7 tackles but struggled covering the Raiders' slot receivers. He did have some nice tackles helping out the run however.

Elisha Olabode recorded five tackles on the day but was relatively quiet when it came to covering the pass. It wasn't too often that Olabode was caught in man to man coverage on the day.

Sam Carter recorded only one tackle on the afternoon but was also victim to Eric Ward's first touchdown reception that allowed Tech to tie the score at 7-7. .

Play of the game:

Special teams: A
Stats: 6-of-6 FG's

Game review: Superfrosh Jaden Oberkrom broke a school-record with six field goals on the day from 32, 42, 43, 45, 32. and 38. His 42-yarder at the end of regulation sent the game into overtime and would've been good beyond 50-yards. He also kicked 6 touchbacks on 8 kickoffs.

Skye Dawson kept the Frogs in the game with good punt returns which begs the question...where would the Frogs have been without Dawson on Saturday? Dawson finished with 61 yards on 5 returns with a long of 22.

Ethan Perry only punted three times for an average of 45 yards per punt. .

Play of the game: Oberkroms 42-yard FG to tie the score at 36.

Jeremy Clark has covered TCU football and recruiting since 2005. He spent seven years with another recruiting service before joining the FoxSports/ 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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