TCU Routes Texas Tech; 82-27
Ft. Worth, Texas – TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin tossed a school-record seven touchdowns as the Frogs dominated Texas Tech (3-5; 1-4) 82-27 in front of 45,122 fans. With the win, the Frogs moved to 6-1 and 3-1 in Big 12 and they became bowl eligible for the 12th time under Gary Patterson. It was also the first win for the Frogs over the Red Raiders since joining the Big 12 two years ago. The 82-points beat a previous school-record of 69 and is the highest point total by an FBS school since Oklahoma State scored 84 in 2012. TCU coach Gary Patterson was happy with the win, but said despite the 55-point win that his team didn’t play their best. "I don't think we played well all game. We still had to kick three or four field goals in the red zone in the second quarter. If you want to win a championship, you have to play better,” Patterson said. “I'm way happy for them, but I told them before the ball game they weren't ready after watching them warm-up. Fortunately for us, we didn't play well and we won a ballgame. That hadn't happened around here over the last two years. We were sloppy, had a guy kicked out of the game, didn't play very good pass coverage in the first half. We have to get ready to play." TCU totaled a school-record 785 yards on the day with Boykin accounting for 461 yards; completing 22-of-39 passes for 433 yards and adding 28 on the ground. Meanwhile, the Frogs had two 100-yard rushers on the day; Aaron Green and Trevorris Johnson both finished with 105 yards with Green rushing for one score and Johnson scoring two. The Frogs used a 31-point third quarter to leave the Red Raiders behind. It was a high-tempo scoring affair early in the game as the two teams traded score after score. Both offenses went on a scoring onslaught in the first quarter as the two teams combined to score 41 points with the Frogs holding a 24-17 lead. Red Raider quarterback Davis Webb, who threw for 230 yards in the first quarter, finished with 300 yards and 2 touchdowns on the day to pace the Red Raiders’ offense. However, the sophomore quarterback turned the ball over three times in the first half that led to Frog scores. Texas Tech jumped out to a quick lead, which was the first time the Frogs have allowed an opponent to score on their first drive all season. The Red Raiders used a 4-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 57-yard scoring toss from Webb to Kenny Williams. It took the Frogs just one official play to even the score at 7 with a 1-play, 77-yard scoring drive. Following a 15-yard pass interference call, Frogs’ running back ran through a gaping hole and went untouched for the 62-yard touchdown run. The Frogs took their first lead after Tech had kicked a 28-yard field goal on a 5-play, 67-yard drive that culminated in a 51-yard scoring strike from Boykin to Doctson to give the Frogs a 14-10 lead. Boykin avoided a sack on the play before completing the long gain. TCU added two more scores in the first quarter; a 45-yard field goal from Jaden Oberkrom and Boykin threw his second touchdown pass to Doctson on a 5-yard toss to give the Frogs a 24-10 lead. Tech finished the first quarter scoring with an impressive 6-play, 95-yard scoring drive on a 56-yard pass from Webb to Devin Lauderdale to draw within 24-17. The Frogs answered back with a 7-play, 86-yard drive with Boykin tossing his third touchdown pass of the half with a 24-yard bullet to Deante’ Gray to give the Frogs a 31-17 lead. Green paced the drive, rushing three times for 37 yards on the drive. The two teams traded field goals to finish the first half; Texas Tech kicker Ryan Bustin kicking a 38-yarder while Oberkrom added two from 47 and 43 yards respectively to give the Frogs a 37-20 at the half. Oberkrom kicked his fourth field goal of the game, this time from 27-yards out, on the Frogs’ opening drive of the third quarter to increase their lead to 40-20. The Frogs recovered the ensuing kick and wasted little time scoring, taking just 4-plays to score as Boykin tossed his fourth touchdown pass of the game, this time from eight yards out to tight end Cliff Murphy to increase the lead to 47-20. Boykin tossed his fifth touchdown of the pass the ensuing drive as he hit Deante’ Gray from ten yards out which Gray turned into a 92-yard score. The score was the fifth-longest play in TCU history and gave the Frogs’ a 54-20 lead. Gray agreed with Patterson on the offense not putting in its best effort. "When people first see the number 82, they'll be like `whoa', but if you look at the game, we definitely struggled in a couple areas,” he said. “Hopefully on the offensive side they just see that we're really explosive and that we can play with anybody." It took less than two minutes for the Frogs to score again after the Frogs forced a Texas Tech three and out. Boykin found a wide open Ty Slanina from 57-yards out for his sixth touchdown pass of the day that broke the TCU single game record and put the Frogs in front 61-20. Tech stopped the Frogs’ scoring onslaught on their next drive as true freshman Patrick Mahomes, who came in for an injured Webb, guided a 13-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off with a 3-yard scoring toss to his ex-high school teammate Dylan Cantrell that made the score 61-27. But, TCU answered right away with another quick scoring drive, this time on 4-plays that stretched 74-yards that finished with Boykin throwing his seventh touchdown pass of the day, this time from 12-yards out to true freshman Emanuel Porter to put the Frogs up 68-27. Johnson carried the workload on the drive, rushing two times for 52 yards. Johnson would finish the Frogs’ scoring on the day with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter; one from four yards out and the other from 25 with just over a minute remaining in the game.
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