25 Thoughts vs. SMU

The TCU Horned Frogs blasted the SMU Mustangs 56-0 in the most lopsided victory in the history of this long rivalry. HornedFrogBlitz.com breaks down 25 things that caught our eye.

25. TCU held SMU to 245 total yards and with the 56-0 victory, recorded the most lopsided victory in the history of this series.

24. TCU jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead after starting their opening drive on the SMU 34 yard line. Boykin got the scoring started with the 27 yard run with 12:34 left in the 1st quarter.

23. The TCU defense forced numerous 3 and outs and their quick start allowed the Frogs to build an insurmountable lead. Deante Gray started off his explosive afternoon by taking the pass from Boykin 27 yards down to the 1 yard line. TCU wasn’t able to score though as SMU gave Coach Patterson a teaching point this week by stuffing three straight Catalon runs from the 1. Boykin’s pass fell incomplete on 4th down.

22. Oberkrom, who has been Mr. Automatic this year, had a rough afternoon. He missed a 45 yard FG and had another FG blocked. He also struggled to get his kickoffs into the end zone, prompting Patterson to bring in Ryan Denucci to handle the kicking duties.

21. After 1 quarter, it was just 7-0 TCU and the Frogs looked flat. An explosive 2nd quarter would wipe away any fears that SMU would stay within striking distance the rest of the way.

20. B.J. Catalon got the scoring started in the 2nd quarter with a 9 yard run to make it 14-0 TCU with 13:18 left before the half. The dynamic runner finished with 19 carries for 114 yards and a TD. He struggled early but really turned it on in the 2nd half.

19. What originally looked like a fake punt by SMU turned out to be a little bit of dumb luck for the Mustangs. After forcing yet another punt, TCU looked as if they were about to block the kick, but the SMU punter saw the streaking TCU defender and pulled the ball back. He broke for the sideline and lunged for the first down. It was the best run for SMU all day.

18. TCU engineered the most impressive drive in recent memory when they erupted for an 11 play 99 yard drive that took only 2:48 off the clock. Deante Gray put the exclamation point on the drive with an impressive 28 yard TD reception, giving the Frogs a 21-0 lead. Gray really emerged as a weapon in the new offense today and could prove to be a key cog going forward.

17. SMU threatened to score just before halftime but the receiver’s elbow was down and the play was called back. The Mustang’s drive stalled when a 4th down pass fell incomplete.

16. TCU wasted little time as they drove 70 yards in 6 plays, only taking 1:01 off the clock to do so. The 8 yard TD run by Boykin pushed the lead to 28-0 at halftime and helped erase the slow TCU start. Catalon carried twice for 42 yards on the drive.

15. TCU outgained SMU 329-147 in the 1st half. SMU had 15 carries for 24 yards on the ground through 2 quarters.

14. James McFarland may have earned Big 12 defensive player of the week honors with his performance. The Junior DE had 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a PBU.

13. Paul Dawson made his presence felt after sitting out the 1st quarter for breaking a team rule at the hotel last night. The athletic LB sacked the SMU QB for an 8 yard loss to force a 3rd and 18 for SMU. His absence was more than made up for by Jonathan Anderson, who turned in a stellar performance.

12. Cameron Echols-Luper just missed taking it to the house on a punt return as the exciting special teams ace exploded for a 47 yard return, taking the ball to the SMU 14.

11. Boykin hit Gray immediately after the Echols- Luper return for a beautiful 7 yard TD to the back corner of the end zone. It was one of Boykin’s best passes all day.

10. Pau Whitmill showed up big time on a pair of special teams tackles in the 2nd half. He absolutely obliterated the SMU return man on one of them, pinning them at the 9 yard line.

9. Ethan Perry shanked his rugby style punt, as it traveled only 10 yards, going out at the SMU 46. TCU answered right back on the next play when James McFarland stripped the SMU runner and Pau Dawson came up with the loose ball.

8. An offensive pass interference call on Josh Docston erased a 29 yard reception that he had just hauled in. Boykin answered on the very next play as he bought time with his legs until Kolby Listenbee came open for 44 yard reception, down to the 6 yard line.

7. Boykin hit Josh Doctson on the next play for a quick 6 yard TD pass, extended the TCU lead to 42-0.

6. Desmon White scored his first collegiate TD on a nifty 10 yard wide receiver screen. The shifty receiver made a couple of nice moves, accelerated past two defenders and dove headlong into the end zone. The score pushed the lead to 49-0. The explosive freshman finished with 4 receptions for 31 and a TD on the afternoon.

5. Aaron Green had the most impressive run of his TCU career, when he reeled off an amazing 41 yard run. The play dug TCU out of a hole, where they faced a 1st and 10 from their own 6 yard line.

4. Matt Joeckel saw a lot of action in the 4th quarter and completed 5/7 passes for 69 yards and a TD pass to Charlie Reid to make the final score 56-0 TCU.

3. Nick Orr recorded his first career interception. The talented true freshman looks like he is settling in to his role and it looks like he’ll provide solid depth as the season progresses.

2. TCU outgained SMU 614-245, but Coach Patterson said he expects the offense to get better in his post- game press conference. With Boykin accounting for almost 350 total yards and 6 TD’s, it’s tough to critique his performance, but even with the offensive explosion, you can tell that the offense still has room to grow. That should be scary for the rest of the Big 12.

1. TCU came out of a trap game with an impressive 56-0 victory. While it wasn’t always pretty, the Frogs did what needed to be done and notched their 3rd victory of the season. The Oklahoma Sooners now come to town for a showdown of unbeaten teams. “The Carter” should be rockin’ for this one.


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