25 Thoughts on TCU's 48-14 win

TCU used a quick scoring offense and shut down defense that helped the Frogs beat Samford 48-14 in the season opener.

1. Boykin gets the start at quarterback proving what we heard during camp; he was winning the battle. Boykin took all of the snaps until 9:34 left in the game.

2. Speaking of Boykin, he had a good game on the night going 29-of-41 for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also added two rushing scores. He was good, but not great.

3. What an opening drive by the offense; 8-plays, 75 yards and took two minutes. The second scoring drive took a mere 1:19 to score. TCU ran a total of 45 plays in the first half.

4. Poor Ty Slanina; he was gone for a sure fire 75-yard touchdown catch and run. He won’t live that play down any time soon.

Listenbee led the team with 2 TD receptions

5. Kolby Listenbee is going to be a real threat and in this offense you have to have a vertical threat. Frog fans, this guy is your vertical threat! Listenbee caught his first career touchdown with a nice 38-yard catch in the first quarter. He caught his second touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard pass. The junior finished with 3 catches for a team-high 76 yards.

6. Frogs looked very smooth on offense the first few series; but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Bad plays by the offensive line stalled a promising fourth possession. The offensive line also gave up two sacks on the night so they are still very much a work in progress.

7. Ranthony Texada had the first big play of his career with a nice pass breakup which Paul Dawson was able to pick off. Texada had a very good night overall filling the shoes of arguably TCU’s best ever cornerback in Jason Verrett.

8. Aaron Green wants that pass back. The junior running back dropped what would’ve easily been Boykin’s third touchdown pass of the game.

9. The defense played well on the night; Samford didn’t gain their first, first down on the evening until just over six minutes in the first quarter. Quarterback Michael Eubank used his legs most of the night to keep the Bulldogs offense alive which begs the question…what happens when the Frogs face an offense with more than just a quarterback? Trevor Knight will be licking his chops in a few weeks if they can’t find a solution.

10. After tonight’s game here’s a few thoughts on the offense; offensive line still has some work to do. Receivers look much, much improved. Ty Slanina and David Porter are going to put up big numbers this season. Slanina finished with a team-high 6 catches while Porter hauled in 5.

11. When is the last time TCU has run 45 plays in one half of play? That’s exactly what they did against Samford as they totaled 278 yards in the first half.

12. While the offensive line has room for improvement; allowing only 2 sacks on 50 drop backs is worth noting.

13. Best defensive player on the night for the Frogs goes to defensive end Mike Tuaua. The junior was pumped from the very beginning of the game and finished with two sacks on the night. His last sack caused a fumble that the Frogs converted into an Oberkrom field goal.

14. Special teams looked good tonight with only one mistake; that coming off a Cameron Echols-Luper fumble on a punt return. The good news is he caught it and was having a good return; the bad news…a big hit caused the fumble and Echols-Luper had to leave the game.

15. The TCU secondary was exceptional throughout the night as they surrendered only 56 yards on the night. Not only did they breakup several passes, their coverage was the big reason Eubank was forced to scramble on several plays. TCU intercepted one pass on the night as well.

16. Kevin White is going to have a big year. White was incredible on Saturday night with some big hits and pass breakups. Patterson said White has had a very good fall camp; it’s easy to see that the head coach was telling the truth.

17. Color me surprised, very surprised that Matt Joeckel didn’t get any snaps until the fourth quarter.

18. The defense played exceptional against the run. Take away Eubank’s runs on scrambles, Samford totaled a mere 47 yards on 27 carries on the ground.

19. Four running backs got carries tonight; keep giving the ball to Trevorris Johnson. Big back averaged 5.4 yards on 8 carries.

20. TCU ran 96 plays on the night…amazing. However, that’s not the record for a Frogs’ offense.

21. Game ball on offense…Trevone Boykin. Although it wasn’t against the greatest competition, Boykin simply got the job done on the night.

Tuaua had 2 sacks and 3.5 TFL's

22. Game ball on defense…Mike Tuaua. The junior defensive end led the Frogs defense with 2 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and seven tackles. He provided a much needed spark for the defense several times on the night.

23. Frogs were a perfect 7-for-7 on the night in the red zone.

24. Surprisingly enough, the Frogs also led in time of possession with 32:15 compared to 27:45 for Samford.

25. The bad news about the new offense; Frog fans now have to wait two weeks to see it again when Minnesota comes to town.

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