Frogs Shutout SMU; 56-0
Dallas, Texas – TCU racked up 614 yards of offense as the Frogs beat SMU 56-0 on Saturday in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. It was the 94th meeting between the two programs. The Frogs improved to 3-0 on the season while the Mustangs dropped to 0-4. The Frogs rushed for 265 yards on the day to pace the offensive explosion. SMU totaled just 245 yards of offense while the Frogs recorded nine sacks. Frogs head coach Gary Patterson was satisfied with his team’s performance. “We did what we needed to do,” Patterson said. “We came out pretty healthy, that is what we needed to do. We need to play a lot better with top-5 and top-10 teams in the next two weeks. We will take the win because we wanted to get to 3-0. We wanted to be healthy, and we are. We got turnovers and played the run well. We had new guys in for most of the fourth quarter.” TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin accounted for six touchdowns; throwing for 280 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushing for 62 yards and 2 more scores. B.J. Catalon paced the rushing attack, running for 114 yards and 1 touchdown. TCU quickly jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 2-play, 33-yard drive that was capped off by a 27-yard run by Boykin. The Frogs threatened to score again on their second possession, driving the ball all the way down to the SMU 1-yard line. However, the Mustangs defense stuffed the Frogs running attack three straight plays and Boykin’s throw to Clifton Murphy sailed through the end zone on fourth down. The Frogs failed to score again on their third drive as kicker Jaden Oberkrom missed wide right on a 45-yard field goal attempt. It was the junior kicker’s first miss of the season. SMU continued to struggle on offense this season, not gaining their first 1st down until their fourth possession. During that drive, Mustangs quarterback Garrett Krstich his Darius Joseph for a 25-yard gain that advanced SMU into TCU territory at the 49-yard line. After a personal foul penalty on a punt return, the Frogs marched 9-plays and 66-yards in just under three minutes to go up 14-0 after a 9-yard scoring run by Catalon. SMU responded to the Frogs’ scoring drive with a long drive of their own, going 15-plays and 76-yards and got all the way to the TCU 1-yard line. But, just as the Mustangs did earlier in the game with an impressive goal line stand, TCU returned the favor stopping SMU on four straight downs. TCU then used an 11-play, 99-yard drive that was capped off by a 28-yard scoring toss from Boykin to Deante’ Gray, who had a career-high 6 receptions for 96 yards, to extend the lead to 21-0. Boykin completed 5-of-7 passes on the drive. “It was good to get out of there. Anytime you can sustain a drive; that was one of the things I was most excited about,” Patterson said. “We overcame penalties today and we also did some things where we drove the football for some first downs.” Bad luck hit the Mustangs on the next drive. Joseph had appeared to score from 36-yards out after breaking a tackle from TCU cornerback Ranthony Texada, but after reviewing the play the call was overturned after officials determined his elbow was down. After forcing a turnover on downs, TCU marched 70-yards in 6-plays with Boykin rushing for his second touchdown of the day with an 8-yard score to put the Frogs up 28-0 at halftime. The Frogs amassed 329 yards of offense in the first half. Cameron Echols-Luper helped start the Frogs scoring onslaught started in the second-half with a 47-yard punt return down to the SMU 14. Two plays later Boykin threw his second touchdown pass to Gray from 7-yards out to put the Frogs up 35-0. The two teams traded punts on the next possessions. TCU forced their first turnover on SMU’s next possession deep in Mustang territory when James McFarland forced a fumble with Paul Dawson recovering. It took the Frogs just five plays to score as Boykin tossed his third touchdown pass of the day, this time from 6-yards out to Josh Doctson. The Frogs used an 8-play, 56-yard drive to end their third scoring drive of the 3rd quarter with Boykin tossing his fourth touchdown pass of the day to true freshman Desmon White to increase the Frogs’ lead to 49-0. White caught a short screen pass before eluding several Mustang defenders on his way to the 10-yard score. The Frogs final score of the day was set up by McFarland’s second forced fumble of the day on Matt Davis that was recovered by Mike Tuaua at the SMU 25-yard line. It took just one play for the Frogs to capitalize on the turnover as backup quarterback Matt Joeckel found Charlie Reid open in the middle for a 25-yard catch and run to put the Frogs up 56-0. SMU threatened TCU’s shutout bid on the final drive as the Mustangs used a 15-play, 72-yard drive all the way down to the Frogs’ 3-yard line. However, freshman linebacker Sammy Douglas secured the shutout for the Frogs by sacking Davis on the game’s final play.
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