Honing in offensive game plan

With Casey Pachall sidelined, TCU is now able to hone in on one game plan centered around Trevone Boykin, Patterson said Tuesday at his press luncheon. Boykin is TCU's leading passer completing 60 percent of his passes so far this season.

Gary Patterson and his players all expressed concern and sadness over the cruel twist of fate that has put quarterback Casey Pachall out eight weeks.

But just as all expressed concern, they also expressed excitement that Trevone Boykin will now have a chance to show how he has improved since his redshirt freshman year.

Patterson said knowing that Trevone Boykin will be the lone quarterback to play (barring injury) on Saturday, it gives the offensive coaches an advantage.

"It gives us a chance to just hone in on one game play," Patterson said.

The TCU offense has averaged 330.5 yards per game offensively through its first two ball games.

"Trevone has been a spark," Patterson said. "He makes plays and extends drives and plays with his feet. Like Coach Kingsbury said about Baker [Mayfield], he can make plays with his feet."

Mayfield, the true freshman walk-on, attended TCU camps while playing at Lake Travis High School, but TCU never extended an offer.

"I know he really wants to beat us," Patterson said of Mayfield. "But guy at A&M [Manziel] also came to three of our camps. Didn't offer him either."

TCU face the Texas Tech offense that has averaged 51 points per game through two ball games, but for Patterson, this game serves as a reminder of how far his program has come since TCU a September 2004 loss at the hands of Texas Tech by a score of 70-35.

"That game meant so much to me that I came back two years later and beat them 12-3 at our place," Patterson explained.

Now in the Big 12, TCU not only plays Texas Tech yearly, but faces them in recruiting with dozens of players each year. "We end up fighting them in recruiting more than any other team. Them along with Baylor."

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