25 Thoughts vs. Texas Tech

The #10 TCU Horned Frogs had a record setting day as they exploded for an 82-27 victory over an outmatched Texas Tech squad. Here we break down the 25 things that stood out to us the most in the lopsided win.

25. The TCU defense looked slow out of the gate as Texas Tech drove 75 yards in 4 plays, using just :51 seconds of the clock. Kenny Williams took the pass from Webb and score from 57 yards out to make it 7-0 Tech with 14:09 in the first quarter. The Frogs looked like they were in a funk early.

24. TCU went deep on their first play from scrimmage as Boykin tried to hit Kolby Listenbee on a deep route. Tech was called for pass interference giving the Frogs a first down on the 38.

23. Aaron Green scored on a 62 yard TD run when he burst up the middle and outran the Tech defense to the end zone. The score made it 7-7 with 13:46 left in the 1st quarter. Watching the replay, that looked like the biggest hole I’ve ever seen a TCU offensive line create. Green had to be shocked when that thing opened up.

22. It was unseasonably hot but I was still surprised to see so many empty seats. I don’t like to harp on the attendance, but I’ve been very surprised by the last two home crowds. Not a good showing for the amount of big time recruits that were on hand.

21. The TCU defense continued to get shredded in the 1st quarter when Deandre Washington busted a 48 yard run. The TCU red zone defense held though, and forced tech to kick a FG. The 28 yard FG was good and the Red Raiders took an early 10-7 lead with 11:48 left in the 1st quarter.

20. TCU answered right back when Trevone Boykin eluded the rush, spun away from the defender, squared his shoulders and hit Josh Doctson on a 51 yard TD pass. Doctson made the catch, broke a tackle and took it to the house to make it 14-10 TCU with 9:54 left in the 1st quarter.

19. The TCU defense continued to struggle in the 1st quarter when the Red Raiders ripped off a 59 yard run to the TCU 16. The TCU red zone defense then stepped up when Ranthony Texada picked of a Davis Webb pass, only to see it called back for defensive holding on Texada. Tech would get all the way down to the 1 yard line but TCU would hold on 4th and 1. The Frogs took over with 6:41 left in the 1st quarter on their own 1 yard line.

18. Boykin hit Listenbee with a 54 yard strike over the middle but the Frogs would have to settle for a FG. Jaden Oberkrom hit his first of four field goals on the day, a 45 yarder, to put TCU up 17-10 with 4:21 left in the quarter.

17. Tech started their next drive on their own 17 yard line but Chris Hackett jumped a route over the middle for the interception, setting TCU up in good position with a 1st and 10 at the Tech 17. The Frogs moved inside the 10 only to see Catalon take a big shot as he tried to run up the middle. Coach Patterson said in the post-game press conference that it was his shoulder and not his head that took the shot. He said that Catalon should be ready for West Virginia. Josh Doctson hauled in his 2nd TD of the day when he caught a 5 yarder to make it 24-10 TCU with 2:04 left in the 1st quarter.

16. Texas Tech would close out the scoring in a crazy 1st quarter as Devin Lauderdale hauled in a 56 yard TD against the TCU defense that wasn’t set and ready for the play. That made it 24-17 TCU and that would be the score as the quarter came to a close. Davis Webb threw for 230 yards in the 1st quarter and Tech finished with 287 yards in that quarter alone. On the flip side, the TCU defense only allowed 159 more yards through the final 3 quarters. Coach Patterson said in the presser that he told his team they weren’t ready to play after warmups and he was right. The players knew it too but they responded when they were challenged.

15. On their next offensive series, TCU was faced with a 4th down but the Frogs pulled out the fake punt from their bag of tricks. Ethan Perry took the snap and threw the ball up for Josh Doctson. Although Doctson didn’t come down with the ball, he drew the pass interference call. On the same possession, Boykin hit Deante Gray for a beautiful 24 yard TD to make it 31-17 TCU with 12:42 left in the 2nd quarter. It was all TCU from there. With that TD and extra point, TCU scored their 302nd point, one more than they scored all of last year.

14. Tech would tack on a 38 yard FG to make it 31-20 with 8:35 left before the half. TCU’s offense went stagnant for a short time in the 2nd quarter but they would score on another FG, this time from 43 yards out to make it 34-20 TCU with :48 seconds left before the half after Davis Webb fumbled a snap and it was recovered by Chucky Hunter. On the ensuing series, Webb would fumble again when Terrell Lathan sacked him and stripped the ball; Josh Carraway recovered the fumble. The play set the Frogs up for yet another FG, this time from 47 yards out and the Frogs would take a 37-20 lead in to half time.

13. TCU started their first drive of the 2nd half on their own 19 yard line. On the drive Boykin had a nice 21 yard scramble and Deante Gray bailed out Boykin on an underthrown ball on 3rd and 12. The play went for 40 yards but the drive would stall. Oberkrom would kick a 28 yard FG to make it 40-20 TCU with 12:00 left in the 3rd quarter. TCU would pooch kick it on the next kickoff, only to see the Tech up man call a fair catch and then let the ball bounce. Sammy Douglas jumped on the loose ball and TCU was in business again, this time from the Tech 20 yard line.

12. On 3rd and 6, Boykin hit Docston for a 1st down to the Tech 8 yard line. On the play, the TCU star wideout came up limping. After watching the replay, it looked like it could be a severe injury but Coach Patterson said in the post-game presser that he expects Docston to play next week, even if he doesn’t practice during the week. It’s an ankle sprain.

11. Clifton Murphy got in to the scoring fun as he hauled in his first career reception for an 8 yard TD. The score put TCU up 47-20 with 11:14 left in the 3rd quarter.

10. The announced crowd was 45,122. I won’t harp on the crowd, but there definitely wasn’t that many butts in seats, maybe 37,000-39,000. I know it was hot out there, but I was surprised by the turn out.

9. TCU started their next offensive possession on their own 8 after a hold was called on the return on Nick Orr. After a failed flea flicker, Boykin hit Deante gray on a quit hitch. Gray took the hitch and turned up field, making two Tech defenders miss and raced 92 yards for the TD. The quick strike put the Frogs up 54-20 with 9:41 left in the 3rd quarter. At this point, Tech’s D reminded me of TCU’s D at the end of the Baylor game; completely gassed.

8. The TCU defense forced Tech in to another 3 and out, and Davis Webb left with an injury, maybe a knee, but definitely somewhere on the leg. TCU would drive right back down and score again, this time on a 57 yard TD from Boykin to Ty Slanina. Slanina took the quick hitter, cut back inside and outran the Tech defense to the end zone. It was Boykin’s 6th TD pass of the game, which set a new TCU record. The score made it 61-20 with 7:51 left in the 3rd quarter.

7. Patrick Mahomes came in for Webb and led the Red Raiders on their final scoring drive of the afternoon. The young QB engineered an impressive 13 play, 75 yard drive, eating up 4:38 off of the clock. That made it 61-27 with 3:13 left in the 3rd quarter

6. TCU came right back and marched right back down the field. It was almost too easy as the Frogs went 74 yards in just 4 plays, taking 1:59 off of the clock to make it 68-27 with 1:14 left in the 3rd quarter. On the drive, Trevorris Johnson ran two times for 52 yards, looking like a runaway bull through the tired Tech defense. Emanuel Porter hauled in two passes to finish off the drive, the first one for 10 yards and a first down, then a 12 yard TD to give him his first collegiate score. The good thing about this game was, TCU was able to play a lot of young guys.

5. TCU pulled Boykin at the end of the 3rd quarter with TCU leading 68-27. On the afternoon, the Heisman Trophy Candidate finished 22/39 for 433 yards and a new school record, 7 touchdowns. He didn’t throw a pick all day and on the season now has 21 TD’s and 3 INT’s with 2,306 yards passing.

4. From my point of view, Chris Hackett shouldn’t have to sit out the first half of the West Virginia game next week. He was ejected for what the referee called a play that resulted in punches being thrown. However, Hackett didn’t throw a punch and shouldn’t have been ejected. The league will review this play tomorrow morning. I agree it was a dumb play by Hackett to get called for the late hit, but he was trying to leave the Tech sideline when he was swung on by a Tech player. I think there’s a good chance that his first half suspension gets overturned. At least it should, it my opinion.

3. After Matt Joeckel came in to relive Boykin, he drove the Frogs down in to scoring position again. On a zone read, Joeckel kept the ball and ran it down inside the Tech 10 yard line. The senior came up limping to the sideline, prompting TCU to send in Zach Allen for the first time in his career. In the post-game presser, Patterson said he couldn’t talk about Jeockel’s injury, but it sounds like it might be a serious one.

2. Zach Allen would run the option and pitch late to Trevorris Johnson for the TD to make it 75-27 with 10:09 left in the game. TCU would drive down one more time and Trevorris Johnson would cap off the scoring when he ran it in from 25 yards out to make it 82-27. Johnson’s fresh legs and powerful running was too much for an exhausted Tech team.

1. TCU set several records with the 82-27 victory today. Boykin’s 7 touchdowns are a new record. TCU’s 785 yards of offense are a new record. TCU’s 82 points are a new school record and are also the most points scored in a Big 12 conference game ever. While the Frogs started out flat, they turned it on from the 2nd quarter on and finished by leaving no doubt. This one will be talked about for a long time. The most important record though is the fact that TCU is now (6-1, 3-1) on the season. They’re bowl eligible again but their looking for much more.

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