25 Thoughts vs. Oklahoma State

The TCU Horned Frogs lit up the scoreboard in their 42-9 victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Here are my 25 thoughts from a game that saw TCU jump right back into the mix for the Big 12 title.

25. The TCU defense started fast as they forced Oklahoma State to go 5 plays for 15 yards and punt on their 1st possession. The Frogs took over at their own 20 after Cameron Echols-Luper called for the fair catch.

24. TCU failed to score a TD on their 1st drive for the 1st time this season. The Frogs still jumped out to a big lead, but their streak of scoring on their first drive ended at 5 games.

23. Oklahoma State started at their own 32 after TCU was unable to convert a 3rd and 18 but Kevin White cut the Cowboy’s drive short. The senior corner made a diving interception on Daxx Garmon’s 1st pass of the game and set the Horned Frogs up with 1st and 10 at the OSU 48 with 9:53 to go in the 1st quarter.

22. B.J. Catalon made the first of many big plays for the junior tail back when he burst through the right side of the line, spun through two defenders and high stepped in to the end zone. The 34 yard TD run got the Frogs going and they never looked back. They led 7-0 with 9:23 left in the 1st quarter.

21. The TCU defense again forced Oklahoma State into touch decisions and their mix of coverages seemed to confuse the OSU signal caller. Davion Pierson sacked Daxx Garmon for a 3 yard loss, back to the OSU 18 yard line, forcing the Cowboys to punt. On the evening, the swarming TCU defense returned to their stingy ways as they held the visiting Cowboys to just 258 total yards, intercepting Garman twice and holding him to 132 yards passing.

20. After Oklahoma State boomed a 59 yard punt, TCU took over on their own 23 yard line. The Frogs wasted little time as Boykin hit Josh Doctson for a strike across the middle on a deep post route. The 6’4” receiver caught the ball in stride and was off to the races. The 77 yard TD reception was just the beginning of an amazing day for Docston as he finished with 7 receptions for 225 yards and 2 TD’s. He fell just 1 yard shy of tying Jimmy Young’s record for receiving yards in a game. Young’s 226 yard game came against Wyoming in 2008.

19. TCU focused all week on shoring up their deep coverage and it showed this week as they allowed just one deep pass, a 57 yarder over Ranthony Texada. Coach Patterson talked about simplifying things a week after Baylor torched the TCU secondary for nearly 800 yards of total offense. The TCU coach took the blame in the post-game press conference saying he put in too many new packages against Baylor and in return, his players were thinking too much. Simplifying the calls and focusing on what they do best helped the Frogs get back in to the win column.

18. After giving up the deep pass to the Cowboys, the defense held and forced a FG. OSU settled for the 30 yard chip shot and a 14-3 TCU lead with 5:20 left in the 1st quarter.

17. It didn’t take long for TCU to light up the score board again as Boykin threw a ball into double coverage but Josh Docston bailed him out. In the past game presser, Boykin gave Docston his due and said the talented receiver bailed him out of trouble. After soaring high to make the catch, Doctson raced the rest of the way for another long TCU TD. The 84 yard TD reception gave the junior receiver 2 receptions for 161 yards and 2 TD’s at that point in the game. Not a bad average.

16. The Horned Frog offense hit a little lull in the 2nd quarter as they had three straight three and outs. With a 21-3 lead, the Frogs missed several opportunities to tack on meaningful points, but unlike last week vs. Baylor, it wouldn’t hurt them in the long run.

15. Boykin threw just one interception on the day but it was more of a good play by the OSU defensive lineman than it was a bad play on Boykin’s part. OSU defensive tackle James Castleman read the play, dropped in coverage and had the slant route come right to him. He was juts in the right place at the right time, but the big man (6’2” 300) showed good athleticism by making the play.

14. Paul Dawson made one of the better plays I’ve seen all year, but what else is new when it comes to the TCU linebacker? Dawson noticed the OSU receiver coming toward him in motion and made his move up to the line of scrimmage. As the ball was snapped, Dawson read the reverse and jumped in to the ball carrier’s path, slamming him down for a 5 yard loss. This play was just another example of the type of instincts that Dawson possesses. The 6’2” 230 pound senior is having a Big 12 defensive player of the year type season.

13. At the end of the 1st quarter, TCU led 21-3 and led in total yards 241-106. Garman never seemed to get comfortable and it showed as he was constantly harassed and hit hard on numerous occasions.

12. OSU trimmed the lead to 21-6 early in the 2nd quarter but once again, the TCU defense held. It took the Cowboys 10 plays to cover just 48 yards and the TCU defense bowed up when it mattered most; in the red zone.

11. The Horned Frog offense went to sleep temporarily and went three and out again. The Cowboys had to settle for another FG however, this time from 28 yards out, after their 11 play 59 yard drive stalled. TCU players said after the game that they knew OSU could score and holding them to FG’s gave them a big boost in confidence. With a 21-9 lead with 7:36 left in the 2nd quarter, the Frogs had a feeling that they wouldn’t be denied on this day.

10. OSU tried to string a few positive plays together on their next drive but again they stalled. They were forced to punt and Cameron Echols-Luper managed just a 4 yard punt return to the 15 yard line. The Frogs would drive down to the OSU 35 yard line where they found themselves in a 4th and 1 situation. On the 4th down play, Catalon took the handoff, ran to the right, and then cut upfield as he raced 35 yards for the TD and the dagger in OSU’s heart. The run made it 28-9 TCU with 1:53 left before halftime. The 7 play 85 yard drive couldn’t have come at a better time for TCU as the Frogs had really struggled offensively in the 2nd quarter. OSU was beginning to wear them out in time of possession but that drive smashed any hopes the Cowboys had of getting back in to the game.

9. Unlike the way Patterson has handled these situations in the past, the TCU head coach looked like he really wanted to stick it to Gundy just before halftime. During the final OSU drive, Patterson called 2 timeouts while forcing the Cowboys to go 3 and out. The decision gave TCU the ball back near mid field with a chance to score again before halftime. Although Jaden Oberkrom’s 48 yard FG fell short, Patterson sent a message to Gundy that he hadn’t forgotten how the OSU head coach piled on late in their game in Stillwater in 2012. In what ended up being a 36-14 OSU victory, Patterson was visibly perturbed when Gundy scored 2 times late for a little window dressing to make the game look much worse than it actually was.

8. The T:O:P: was ugly in the 1st half and even though TCU led it 28-9, they were in danger of getting worn out on the defensive side of the ball again. OSU held a 20:41 to 9:19 advantage in TCU knew they had to make some changes in the 2nd half to keep their defense fresh. At the end of the game, TCU won the TOP battle by a margin of 32:14 to 27:46. They ran 82 plays to OSU’s 64. Much different feeling for the defense after running 109 last week.

7. TCU put to bed any notion that OSU would rally in the 2nd half when they scorched the Cowboys for 79 yards on 14 plays, running 5:11 off of the clock. The drive culminated in a beautiful strike from Boykin to Deante Gray in the back corner of the end zone. The TD made it 35-9 with 9:49 left in the 3rd quarter.

6. Aaron Green provided the final score when he scored from 4 yards out on a nice cut back run. The former 5 star recruit is really coming in to his own and has proven to be a key weapon in the TCU attack. The TD made it 42-9 TCU with 2:41 left in the 4th quarter. It was the second consecutive crushing drive by the TCU offense. This one took 5:52 off of the clock as it covered 88 yards on 12 plays.

5. The TCU defense gave up just 32 total yards in the 3rd quarter and just 51 yards on 18 plays total in the 2nd half. That’s complete domination.

4. Trevone Boykin is now 146-247 (59%) for 1,873 yards with 14 TD’s and 3 INT’s on the season. He’s ran it 77 times for 346 yards (4.55 ypc) and 3 TD’s. Even though I was on the Boykin band wagon the whole time, I never expected these types of numbers. I think it’s time for any Boykin haters, if there are many left, to go ahead and come over to this side of the fence. He isn’t going anywhere folks.

3. Thank you to TCU SID Mark Cohen for these stats. For the 1st time in team history, TCU had a 400 yard passer (Boykin 410), a 200 yard receiver (Docston 225) and a 100 yard rusher (Catalon 102). TCU improved to 29-11 in games following a loss under Gary Patterson. TCU scored for the 273rd consecutive game. It’s the nation’s 2nd longest current streak and 6th all-time in NCAA history.

2. This was the most lopsided loss for Oklahoma State since 2008. TCU has at least one sack and one interception in 8 straight games, the longest streak in the nation.

1. Last but not least, did anyone see Trevorris Johnson run like a runaway locomotive tonight? The 5’11” 230 pound RB finished with 51 yards on 7 carries and he ran with an attitude. He wanted to score so bad on that last drive but even though he didn’t reach the end zone, he convinced me even more that he needs carries. The problem is, and it’s a good problem to have, is that TCU is loaded at RB. With Catalon, Green and Hicks running it well, Johnson will have to be patient. He will get his time to shine, and when he does, he will make the most of it. As a unit, TCU rushed 40 times for 261 yards tonight. My what a difference a new offense makes.


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