25 Thoughts on TCU vs. ISU

TCU used a late fourth quarter rally to defeat Iowa State 21-17.

1. It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win.

2. The ever-shifting offensive line saw Jamelle Naff and Brady Foltz get a lot of playing time at the guard spots in the first half. The line did a better job of protecting Casey Pachall for the most part; he definitely didn't get hit as much as he did against West Virginia.

3. TCU tried running the ball in the first quarter with Jordan Moore and Aaron Green. The duo rushed 11 times for 24 yards in the quarter. The duo finished with 28 carries for 103 yards thanks to Green's runs of 22 and 18 yards on the Frogs' game-winning drive. Speaking of Green, he saved the day and perhaps the Frogs season with those two runs.

4. Pachall didn't have his best day throwing the ball; it could've been the wind, but he really looked off target on some throws. His throw to Boykin was just a bad throw. The throw was the worst of the day from him and couldn't have come at a worse time with TCU threatening to go up at least by 10.

5. Special teams were just bad against Iowa State. First, a 25-yard completion on a fake punt led to Iowa State's first score of the day. Second, what a way to start the second half by allowing the second longest kickoff return in Iowa State history when they returned a 98-yarder for the score. But, there is a bright spot on special teams and it's Cameron Echols-Luper. Luper makes catching punts look easy.

6. Trevone Boykin looked good running the ball against the Cyclones scoring three touchdowns. Even when Iowa State knew it was coming, Boykin was able to get yards.

7. Thank goodness for Trevone Boykin today. The sophomore shows all kinds of grit and it only seemed fitting that he would score the winning touchdown. He's taken a lot of criticism this season, but he looked good against Iowa State. He's being used the way he should be. I think he should get in the backfield and get some carries at running back too.

8. Derrick Kindred had a nice pass breakup in the third quarter. Should've been a pick but it's just one of those crazy bounces that haven't gone TCU's way this season. Kindred didn't do bad at all in his first start at free safety.

9. How about Deante' Gray? All he did was move to cornerback this week and he did a very admirable job. In fact, I'd say he did a great job. He didn't give up a long pass on the day, which is what he was asked to prevent. When you don't hear a cornerback's name called often, they've had a good game.

10. John Wooldridge has taken some heat this year, especially after last week's penalty in overtime against West Virginia. While the offensive line in general didn't play great overall, his block on Aaron Green's run down to the three was probably the best block by an offensive lineman I've seen in weeks. Great block at the perfect time to spring Green for 18 yards.

11. Not sure I've seen two false start penalties by wide receivers in one game.

12. Josh Doctson is quickly becoming my favorite receiver on the team. He just seems to have some clutch to him. He finished the day with 4 catches for 48 yards. I think he's going to be great in his career.

13. Speaking of the wide receivers; they showed some bright flashes on the Frogs fourth quarter drive that started at their own 1. Brandon Carter answered Casey Pachall's prayer of a throw with a nice 30-yard gain. Ladarius Brown hauled in a 46-yarder on the very next play. That's the receivers we have seen in the past. Brown's catch came from Pachall's best throw of the day.

14. Of course, with the good comes the bad. On a critical third down play on the same drive where he hauled in a great pass, Carter bobbled a screen pass that was eventually intercepted.

15. I felt the defensive line got a good push today and was hurrying a lot of Rohach throws. Sure, he got away on a couple of scrambles, but the defensive line overall had some good pressure plays, including a sack by Jon Koontz in the third quarter.

16. Aviante Collins still has some work to do against fast defensive ends. He nearly gave up a sack in the fourth quarter and was promptly pulled after the play.

17. TCU defense came to play again holding Iowa State to 283 total yards. That included holding Grant Rohach to just 18-of-39 passing for 148 yards. While those aren't earth shattering numbers, TCU accomplished that with two starters out in Jason Verrett and Elisha Olabode.

18. Paul Dawson is becoming a force at linebacker. TCU has had a ton of good linebackers come through TCU under Gary Patterson and Dawson could be next. He has really turned it up and is one of the best "slashing" linebackers I've seen in recent history. He's given the Frogs a big boost on defense and he honestly deserves Big 12 recognition.

19. Was Brandon Carter's 33-yard catch a catch? After review it looked like it might've touched the ground. But, it was a tremendous catch nonetheless.

20. Speaking of Carter, he played really, really hard today. He looked like a man on a mission and he finished with 6 catches for 93 yards. Did anyone notice his wristbands; #23 and #32.

21. This team is resilient. No matter how bad this season has been to onlookers, this team does not give up. Guarantee there weren't many people believing TCU would win the game with 58 yards to go with 2:44 left in the game. Myself included. Resilient is all I can say.

22. TCU won today without Jason Verrett, Elisha Olabode, Waymon James and B.J. Catalon. Add those players to all the other player losses this season. Not many teams can lose that many playmakers and still have a successful season.

23. Anyone notice Terrell Lathan completely bull rush Iowa State's left tackle in the fourth quarter. I did, and I'm sure Rohach did too.

24. I was impressed with the Iowa State crowd; despite a 1-7 team heading into the game, the Cyclone faithful were out in full force.

25. TCU still needs two wins to become bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season. It will be tough on the road against Kansas State, who throttled Texas Tech on Saturday. Not to mention Baylor. Who would've thought that would've been said at the beginning of the season.


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