TCU gets Defensive in 30-7 win over Minnesota

TCU improved to 2-0 on the season with a convincing 30-7 win over Minnesota.

Ft. Worth, TexasTCU jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead and never looked back as they defeated Big Ten opponent Minnesota 30-7.

The Frogs used three Jaden Oberkrom field goals and forced five Minnesota turnovers to lead the Frogs’ effort. Quarterback Trevone Boykin threw for 258 yards and 2 touchdowns and added 92 yards on the ground to pace the Frogs’ offense.

The Frogs wasted little time getting on the board as they used a 3-play, 18-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 13-yard scoring toss from Trevone Boykin to Josh Doctson. The short drive was set up by a 46-yard punt return by Cameron Echols-Luper.

The Frogs defense forced another quick three and out for the Gophers and the Frogs used a 6-play 45-yard scoring drive with Jaden Oberkrom’s 46-yard field goal to put the Frogs up 10-0.

The score stayed 10-0 for a few more possessions before Frogs safety Derrick Kindred intercepted a Mitch Leidner pass that gave the Frogs the ball at the Minnesota 27. It took the Frogs only three plays to score with Docston hauling in a one-handed grab from Boykin that put the Frogs up 17-0. Doctson led the Frog receivers with 6 catches for 64 yards on the day.

Minnesota struggled on offense early on, not gaining a first down until their fourth possession. David Cobb, who rushed for 220 yards last week against Middle Tennessee, was held to only 5 yards in the first half. Cobb would finish with only 41 yards on 15 carries.

Minnesota as a team was held to just 99 yards on 39 carries.

The two teams traded possessions before the Frogs’ forced yet another turnover when linebacker Paul Dawson forced and recovered a fumble at the Minnesota 39. Dawson led the defense with 15 tackles including 4 tackles for loss.

TCU used just 5-plays to score this time as B.J. Catalon ran in from 1-yard out to give the Frogs a 24-0 lead.

The Frogs increased their lead to 27-0 with a 45-yard field goal by Oberkrom with just less than eleven minutes left in the third quarter. TCU had a short field after forcing yet another Leidner turnover on a fumble that was recovered by Kindred.

TCU intercepted Leidner for the third time late in the third quarter when Chris Hackett intercepted a tipped pass to give the Frogs possession at their own 29. Boykin complete 4-of-5 passes and rushed for a 34 yard gain on the drive but the drive stalled at the Minnesota 21. Oberkrom would convert on his third field goal attempt, this time from 37-yards to give the Frogs a 30-0 lead.

Minnesota got on the board early in the fourth quarter behind backup quarterback Chris Streveler. Streveler came in for Leidner in the middle of the possession and finished it off with a 12-yard scoring strike to tight end Maxx Williams.

Both teams struggled on third down conversions; TCU converting just 2-of-12 attempts while Minnesota converted 3-of-16. Minnesota led in time of possession; 34:25 to 25:35.

TCU has their second bye week before traveling to Dallas to face SMU in the annual Battle for the Iron Skillet on September 27th.

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