Big Offensive Day helps Frogs route OSU; 42-9
Ft. Worth, TX – Any signs of a letdown from No. 12 TCU after their disheartening loss to Baylor last week quickly faded as they raced out to a quick lead on No. 15 Oklahoma State and never looked back, beating the Cowboys 42-9. It was the largest margin of victory (33 points), in a Big 12 game for TCU since joining the Big 12 three years ago. The Frogs also snapped Oklahoma State’s 58-game streak of scoring at least 20 points. Trevone Boykin, Josh Doctson and B.J. Catalon paced the Frogs scoring attack as the Frogs totaled 676 yards. Boykin threw for a season-high 410 yards and 3 touchdowns while Catalon paced the ground attack with 102 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries. Doctson had a career day, finishing just one yard short of the TCU school single-game receiving record by hauling in 7 catches for 225 yards and 2 scores. For the first time in its history, TCU had a 400-yard passer, 200-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher. Meanwhile, the Frogs’ defense looked completely different from their performance from a week prior, holding the Cowboys to just 258 total yards including just 132 through the air and holding a Big 12 offense to no touchdowns while recording two turnovers. Cowboys’ quarterback Daxx Garman completed just 10-of-25 passes for 132 yards with 2 interceptions. TCU head coach Gary Patterson was proud of the way his team responded after suffering the tough loss to Baylor last week. "I was just proud of the group and the way they bounced back,” Patterson said. “I told them last week I put too much defense in and confused them and didn't play very well. I told them I wouldn't do that to them again. It's the next ball game. Now we have Texas Tech moving forward." The Frogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead for the sixth time this season and were up on the Cowboys 28-9 at the half. TCU’s first scoring drive was set up by a diving interception by senior cornerback Kevin White that gave the Frogs possession at the Oklahoma State 48. It took just two plays to score as Catalon ran in from 34-yards out on an electrifying run to put the Frogs up 7-0. After another three and out by Oklahoma State, the Frogs’ offense quickly struck again on a 77-yard touchdown pass from Boykin to Josh Doctson to put TCU in front 14-0. Doctson had a spectacular catch on the play before outrunning the Cowboy defenders. "My role is to get the jump balls,” Doctson said. “Trey (Boykin) likes throwing it up like that, even in double coverage. I just try to go up and make a play- it's just using basketball skills translating on the field." Oklahoma State got on the board the following possession with a 30-yard field goal from Ben Grogan. The drive was helped with a 57-yard pass from Garman to Brandon Sheperd. The Frogs quickly answered with another quick scoring strike from Boykin to Doctson; this time covering 84 yards to put the Frogs up 21-3 in the first quarter. Earlier in the week there were questions on whether or not Boykin would play against Oklahoma State after suffering a wrist injury against Baylor. He responded with a career-high 451 yards of offense. Patterson applauded his quarterback’s effort. "You have to give Trevone credit. He throws the one screen that they had a zone blitz on him, but outside of that, he did a great job,” Patterson said. “The attribute that causes you a lot of problems is that he can get you with his feet. That creates space for other people once he starts running. That's why, through the years, I've been a Trevone fan. I've been defending him in practice for three years. We just have to keep playing." Oklahoma State kicked two field goals in the second quarter to cut the Frogs’ lead to 21-9 as TCU had three consecutive three and outs. Oklahoma State would not score again. Cornerback Kevin White spoke of the Frogs’ resurgence on defense in this game. "That's what we pride ourselves on doing. The coaches and Coach [Patterson] puts us in position to make plays,” White said. “This is our goal: make them kick field goals. If you can take away touchdowns, you have a great chance of winning." The Frogs sustained a long drive with just under four minutes left in the half as they marched 85-yards on seven plays that was culminated with a 35-yard touchdown run by Catalon that put TCU ahead 28-9. The Frogs had one more scoring opportunity in the first half as they forced another Oklahoma State punt. TCU got to the Oklahoma State 31 but Jaden Oberkrom’s 48-yard field goal attempt was short. TCU trailed Oklahoma State in time of possession in the first half; 20:41 to 9:19. That changed dramatically in the second half. On TCU’s first drive, they had their longest drive of the day with a 14-play, 79-yard drive that was capped off with a 22-yard scoring toss from Boykin to Gray that put the Frogs up 35-9. The drive took 5:04 off the clock. After another Oklahoma State punt, the Frogs answered with yet another long scoring drive, this time from 88 yards out on 12-plays with Aaron Green scoring from four yards out to make the score 42-9. TCU had another scoring opportunity early in the fourth quarter thwarted by the Cowboys after the Frogs had reached the four yard line. Oklahoma State totaled just 51 offensive yards in the second half. TCU moves to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma State falls to 5-2 and 3-1 in conference play. TCU hosts Texas Tech next weekend.
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