5 Keys to Victory vs. Oklahoma State

The TCU Horned Frogs are at a crossroad for the 2013 season. A win Saturday could propel them to a solid finish and a chance at a respectable bowl game. A loss could have a devastating effect on a team that's trying to claw it's way back to elite status.

5. Continue defensive excellence

The Horned Frogs have had a solid defensive effort in every game this year, holding their opponents to just 21.3 points per game. In the high octane Big 12, that's pretty impressive. If TCU has any hopes of upsetting the Cowboys this Saturday in Stillwater, they'll need to hold Oklahoma State to 21 or less. The Frogs have excelled at stopping the run and with J.W. Walsh struggling with the intermediate and deep passing game, the Cowboy's offense could play right into the hands of the Frogs.

4. Put last year's game behind them

If you've been around the program for any length of time, you know that TCU's never been known to dwell on a previous loss. After OSU handed TCU their worst defeat of the 2012 season, the Frogs once again find themselves headed into a tough road environment. This time, TCU will need to finish strong, something they've done well this season.

3. Take the crowd out of it early

At 1-1 in conference play, OSU is vulnerable. After winning the Big 12 in 2011, the Cowboys stumbled down the stretch in 2012, finishing with an 8-5 record. But, TCU knows all too well that they're walking into hostile territory. After witnessing a crowd of 57,183 help bring their team back a year ago after TCU jumped out to a 14-0 lead, the Frogs know they'll need to keep the pedal down the entire game in order to pull off the victory.

2. Give Boykin time to run the offense

TCU has yet to put together 4 full quarters of offense in a game this season. Averaging 27.8 points per game places TCU 80th in the country and they'll need at least that to be in the game Saturday. Trevone Boykin has showed flashes of breaking out and this could be his game to do so. In order for that to happen, the offensive line will have to provide him with time to survey the field for his 2nd and 3rd options on pass plays. The offense needs to make noticeable improvements if they want to compete AND WIN, against the best teams in the conference.

1. Don't compound problems with penalties

The Frogs did a great job last week committing just 3 penalties for 20 yards. They'll need to duplicate that performance in Stillwater and put the pressure squarely on OSU. False starts and holds had reached epidemic proportions before the ship was righted last week. TCU can't afford to regress in that area. If the Frogs can put these things together, a big conference victory can be theirs for the taking.

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