After sluggish start, Frogs down SLU

TCU knocked off Southeastern Louisiana 38-17 Saturday in their home opener at Amon G. Carter stadium.

The offense looked flat. The defense gave up several big plays, and Casey Pachall suffered what Patterson described as a serious arm injury.

That's the sluggish first half for TCU in two sentences.

"Southeastern Louisiana is an athletic team," Patterson said. "[In the first half], fourth down we don't play well. They get some big plays and you're right back into the ball game."

The Frogs carried just a 17-14 lead Saturday into half at Amon G. Carter stadium.

In the second half, Devonte Fields returned to play in the third quarter, and TCU was able to assert itself more on both ends of the ball though Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett continued to make plays with his feet.

Bennett, the Oregon transfer, finished with 132 yards rushing. Much like Trevone Boykin for TCU, Bennett was a one man show for the Lions until the TCU defense "woke up."

"We finally woke up. Boykin just makes some plays with his legs that Casey hadn't done," Patterson explained. "Two weeks in a row he came in and did some good things. Still have to get to where he doesn't throw off his back foot."

Boykin led TCU in passing with 133 yards on nine completions. He also lead TCU is receiving with 3 catches. On the ground he gained 36 yards on five carries.

B.J. Catalon also played well for the Frogs, rushing for 59 yards on 11 carries. He and Waymon James got into the end zone.

Catalon, echoed the comments of head coach Gary Patterson on the Frogs intensity.

"We came out a little flat and in a way, we stooped down to the level of SE. At halftime, we knew this game was too close," Catalon said. "We came out and said let's put some points on the board, get the starters out, and rest up for this game next week."

"Enthusiasm wasn't great today," Patterson said. "Good teams don't play down to the level of their competition. Defensively besides a couple of big plays we played very well."

TCU played against perfection Saturday. Clearly more talented than SLU, the Frogs were playing against themselves. They set a standard for themselves to which they must perform.

On Saturday, they did not meet that standard, but now 1-1, Patterson and the team move their attention to Texas Tech.

"Tech plays at six or seven, and by then, I'll have already watched their first ball game."

In addition to Tech, Casey Pachall is also on the minds of his teammates who were disappointed about the loss.

"I'm really sorry about Casey, and I had to say a little prayer about him. I hope he gets better," Catalon said.

Gary Patterson also explained, "I feel bad for Casey because of all he has gone through."

The onus now falls on Trevone Boykin to lead a TCU offense that has produced only marginal results through two weeks. "On this team when one guy goes down the next guy has to step up," he said. "You know playing receiver was fun. I was trying to get that receiving touchdown too and that passing touchdown."

If Casey Pachall has played his last game as a Frog, his career will go down as one of the more bizarre in TCU history.

Just starting their TCU careers, Aaron Green scored his first touchdown in a TCU uniform, and Ja'Juan Story and Cameron Echols-Luper caught his first pass in the fourth quarter.

Mike Tuaua also saw his first action.

TCU takes on Texas Tech on Thursday night in Lubbock, what a fine town.


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