5 Keys to Victory vs. Kansas

The TCU Horned Frogs came up short in their comeback bid in Norman and fell to 2-3 on the season. With the Kansas Jayhawks coming to town, the time is now for the Frogs to turn their season around. Here's what they'll need to do in order to get win #3 of 2013.

#5 - Boykin needs to turn the corner

Trevone Boykin has shown flashes this year. On the season, he's completed 61.1% of his passes for 791 yards with 4 TD's and 2 INT's. He's kept his team in each game but has yet to lead them to a big victory. With each passing week, the criticism of the offense grows and Boykin increasingly finds himself thrust into a negative spotlight. With Kansas coming to town, it's time for Boykin to put together an entire 4 quarters and lead TCU to a much needed Big 12 victory.

#4 - Establish the run

It seems like we say this every week, yet every week TCU finds themselves in the same predicament. Waymon James and B.J. Catalon combined for 14 carries for 30 yards against OU and that's just not going to cut it. Of course, in order to gain rushing yards, TCU will actually have to hand the ball off to their play-makers in the backfield but when called upon, the Frog's stable of runners need to respond with a vengeance.

#3 - Play as a team

Again, I know I sound like a broken record but it seems like this team has really struggled with this. In the first half of each game, it's felt like we're watching a bunch of individuals running around, doing their own thing. If TCU truly wants to turn 2013 into a successful season, they'll need to play as a team from the word go. Missing blocks, running the wrong routes and committing crucial penalties is something that needs to be remedied immediately. Who will step up at take a leadership role in the locker room? Whoever it's going to be, needs to do it now. This team is looking for leadership.

#2 - Continue defensive dominance

The defense has played well enough for TCU to be sitting no worse than 4-1 right now. The well documented problem remains; the offense hasn't helped the cause. While the Horned Frog offensive players work through their slump, it's imperative that TCU's defense stay the course. It's still possible for the offense to work out the kinks in the last 7 games to make this season a success but in order to do so, the D will have to continue their stellar play.

#1 - Play 4 quarters

If TCU would have played the 1st halves of the Texas Tech and OU games like they played the second halves, those games could have ended very differently. It's easy to play armchair quarterback though and point out the "would have, should have, could have's" but it's true. Complete games from this team earlier in the season would have them sitting in a much better position right now. But, that's why you play the games. If the Horned Frogs come out Saturday morning and start off the 1st quarter like they played the 3rd and 4th quarters against OU, a big time win should be locked up. When you're 2-3, you can't afford to come out flat, regardless of the opponent.

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