The Grades Are In: Oklahoma

The Frogs fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in Big 12 play with a 20-17 loss to No. 11 Oklahoma on Saturday. We take a look how each unit performed on the night.

The Horned Frogs lost a heartbreaker on the road at Oklahoma on Saturday night; 20-17. The Frogs were held without a first down in the first half and totaled just 210 yards on the night. It was the Frogs third loss of the season and put them at 0-2 in Big 12 conference play.

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: C
Stats: 16-of-26; 166 passing yards, 0 TD, 0 INT; 12 rushes, 18 yards, 2 TD

Game review: Well, TCU's first half performance has to go down as the worst half of offense the Frog fans have seen since Gary Patterson became their head coach. The Frogs were held without a first down in the first half in what had to be the first time that's been done since Patterson was named head coach. In total, the Frogs had 16 yards of offense on 18 plays.

As for Boykin, he was running for his life most of the night after getting sacked three times in the first half. His longest completion in the first half went for 5 yards. On a key 3rd and 9 play Boykin tossed a two-yard pass while Cam White was open for enough yards for the first down. He also missed White on an pivotal third down play in the fourth quarter where White was open on a slant and Boykin threw the pass behind him.

Boykin looked completely different in the second half as he made better decisions and better throws. His running ability kept the Frogs in the game with two touchdowns on the ground. His best run of the day happened in the third quarter off a 12-yard scamper that kept a TCU drive alive and a few plays later he scored from two-yards out. As a passer, Boykin found a rhythm throwing to his receivers, including hitting 5-of-7 passes on the Frogs first scoring drive. He also looked sharp throwing the 9-10 yard out routes in the fourth quarter. It makes you wonder where those plays were in the first half. Boykin wishes he could've had his long pass to Deante' Gray back as it would've been the biggest gain of the night. But, Gray also has to learn to adjust to the play. Boykin's best play of the night came when he avoided a quick blitz, avoided a defender and threw a 45-yard bullet to David Porter. It was the classic "scramble drill" Gary Patterson has mentioned Boykin needs to get better at in recent weeks.

Play of the game: 45-yard pass to Porter in the 4th quarter

Runningbacks: C
Stats: 14 rushes, 30 yards; 2.14 yards per carry; 2 catches 26 yards

Game Review:There's not much you can say about the runningbacks considering they didn't get very many carries in the game. Waymon James and B.J. Catalon combined for only 14 carries on the night, and finishing with 30 yards.

That's not to say they didn't have key moments in the game however. James had a key first down run in the third quarter that kept the Frogs first scoring drive alive while Catalon had a huge 21-yard catch and run off a screen pass after Boykin had been sacked on first down. .

Play of the game: Catalon's 21-yard reception

Wide receivers/Tight Ends: C
Stats: 14 receptions, 140 yards, 0 TD

Game review:Just like Boykin and the rest of the offense, the Frog receivers were not good at all in the first half. Whether it was a dropped ball or wrong route, the receivers were just not stepping up.

The bright spot for the receiver corp was true freshman Ty Slanina, who led the team with six receptions on the night. Slanina had in an important 8 yard catch on 4th and 6 in the third quarter that led to a Frogs' field goal. He also caught a nice 15-yard reception in the fourth quarter.

Cam White was second on the team with 4 receptions, which included two catches for 29 yards on the Frogs third quarter scoring drive that cut the Sooners lead to 13-3.

Brandon Carter had a tough night. The junior was held without a catch and had two drops in the first half which included a key drop in the second quarter that would've resulted in a big gain. Also late in the game it was pointed out that he ran the wrong route on a key 3rd and 3 play in the fourth quarter; he ran a slant instead of a hitch.

David Porter had the catch of the night with a 45-yard gain in the fourth quarter that cut the Sooners lead to 3. .

Play of the game: Porter's 45-yard catch

Offensive line: C-
Stats: 210 total yards, gave up 4 sacks

Game review:The Frogs played against a tough defense.

Now that that's out of the way, this was another performance by the offensive line that had many scratching their head. Trevone Boykin was sacked three times in the first half and the Frogs totaled just 16 yards in the first half. 16, not 160. Aside from making Boykin run for his life on a few plays, the running lanes weren't there either. The longest rush of the night for the runningbacks was James' 7-yard run. Boykin's runs of 12 and 8 yards could count, but they were both designed passes and truth be told he was avoiding a rush to begin with.

Joey Hunt had two mistakes on his snaps in key situations. Once in the third quarter on a 3rd and 1 where he botched the snap and once again in the third quarter but luckily Boykin kept the drive alive with his 12-yard scamper the following play.

The line improved in the second half. They allowed excellent protection for Boykin on his long pass to Gray in the fourth quarter on a play that was actually a play-action pass. They also gave good protection on the flee-flicker in the third quarter that resulted in a 20-yard gain. They also showed excellent blocking on Catalon's screen pass in the fourth quarter. Eric Tausch showed good work at right tackle and John Wooldridge filled in nicely at right guard for Tausch. In fact, that mix of personnel on the line helped the Frogs to all of their scores.

Give credit where credit is due, Oklahoma has a very good defense but you've got to think if the offensive line could've made some lanes in the first half this could've been a very different outcome.

Play of the game: Blocking for Catalon's 21-yard screen pass

Defensive line: B+
Stats: 13 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 5.0 TFL's

Game review:Had it not been for the fourth quarter, this group would've graded out with an A. The defensive line through three quarters did a great job of containing the Sooner runningbacks and Blake Bell.

The Sooners finished the game with 203 rushing yards but 122 of those yards game in the fourth quarter and actually on the Sooners final two drives. That included a 76-yard touchdown run by Brennan Clay and 17-yard rush by Bell. Before both of those runs the Sooners' longest rush of the night went for just 9 yards.

The pass rush continued their recent trend of getting to the quarterback with Terrell Lathan, Chucky Hunter and Mike Tuaua all recording sacks on the night. They rattled Bell with pressure that forced him to throw errant passes and forced him out of the pocket on key plays in the third and fourth quarters. Bell finished the night with his lowest passing total on the season with just 152 yards.

Play of the game: Terrell Lathan's sack

Linebackers: B
Stats: 17 tackles, 0.5 TFL

Game review:Just like defensive line, if not for a couple of big plays in the fourth quarter this group could've graded out with a potential A.

Jonathan Anderson finished third on the team with 8 tackles on the night while Marcus Mallet finished with 7 tackles and the Frogs' run defense was as dominant as there's been in the Patterson era. There's not too many bad plays that can be remembered but the two plays in the fourth quarter are what Frog fans will remember the most. And were they big ones.

Clay's 76-yard run according to Patterson was the fault of his Mike linebacker, more particularly Jonathan Anderson. Anderson had done a good job all night plugging in the cut back lane for the Frogs and it's something Patterson said his team had even talked about in the morning walk-thru. Unfortunately the missed assignment came at the wrong time with the Frogs trailing 13-10.

Both linebackers did a good job of containing Bell all night as well. .

Play of the game: Anderson's tackle for loss

Cornerbacks: A
Stats: 11 tackles, 0 interceptions, 2 PBU's

Game review: Without a doubt, Jason Verrett proves that he is the top cornerback in the Big 12 and quite possibly the nation. Kevin White, who has drawn some criticism this year from different folks (*raises hand), but White was also impressive.

Verrett had two pass breakups on the night and only gave up two completions. However, in talking with Patterson following the game, the coach took blame for one of those completions because he told Verrett the wrong coverage. That completion went for 19 yards. Aside from that completion, Verrett and White shut down the Sooners top two receivers; Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard. The two combined for 10 catches for just 67 yards.

Play of the game: Verrett's PBU in the third quarter

Safeties: B+
Stats: 25 tackles, 1 TFL

Game review: It sounds like a broken record, but again, if not for a couple of big plays late in the game, this would be a higher grade.

Chris Hackett continued his strong season, leading the team in tackles with 11. Not only did Hackett look good against the pass, he was a force on the run as he came up several times from his free safety position to make big plays. His biggest play came in the fourth quarter with a nice tackle for loss on Blake Bell that looked to give the Frogs momentum on the Sooners' last drive. He also saved a sure touchdown on Bell's 17-yard run but it was too late as that run allowed the Sooners to run out the clock to end the game.

Elisha Olabode finished second on the team with 8 tackles but it's a couple of missed tackles that he'll likely remember the most. While Anderson was held responsible for not filling the gap on Clay's 76-yard run, Olabode also overran the play.

Sam Carter finished with 3 tackles on the night and although he didn't rack up many tackles, he was around the ball most of the night. .

Play of the game:

Special teams: B+
Stats: 1-of-1 FG's

Game review: Jaden Oberkrom had a 25-yard field goal to end the Frogs scoring drought in the third quarter. It was his only attempt on the night. He also had a tremendous pooch kick that TCU recovered and led them to another scoring drive and cut the lead to 13-10. However, it wasn't all good news for Oberkrom. On his last kickoff of the night, Oberkrom kicked it out of bounds and Oklahoma got to start at their own 35-yard line. But, that kick did little damage as Oklahoma was already trying to run out the clock.

Ethan Perry had his best punting performance of the season averaging 43.4 yards per punt while booting four of his punts inside the Sooner 20-yard line.

Play of the game: Oberkrom's pooch kick.

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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