TCU rolls past Iowa State; 55-3

No.3 TCU defeated Iowa State 55-3 on Saturday afternoon in the season finale to claim a share of the Big 12 Co-Championship.

Ft. Worth, TexasTCU needed to get a win against Iowa State in their season finale to secure a Big 12 co-championship, and maybe more importantly they needed to make a statement to the playoff committee in their chase to prove they deserve a spot in the college playoffs.

The Frogs did both.

After a slow start, TCU scored 31 points in the decisive third quarter to help them go on to beat Iowa State by a score of 55-3 to win a share of the Big 12 Championship. TCU finished the regular season 11-2 (8-1) while the Cyclones concluded a disappointing 2-10 season, including a winless 0-8 mark in conference play.

TCU coach Gary Patterson said he felt like his team accomplished what it set out to do on Saturday.

"Our thing was we were trying to win a championship. We knew we had to make a statement, but we started slow,” he said. “Defensively, we were playing all day. Offensively, we hurt ourselves and we still had almost 500 yards at half time. We just didn't get in the end zone. We came out in the second half and started to do some things. We got an interception for a touchdown, then once it started snowballing, everything started happening the way it needed to. That's why you play four quarters. You have to do what you need to do. Bottom line, if what we have done isn't enough, then we can't do anymore."

TCU, which entered the game ranked No. 3 in the latest playoff rankings, was led by quarterback Trevone Boykin, who accounted for 559 total yards and 5 touchdowns. Boykin passed for 460 yards and 4 touchdowns on the day; breaking Andy Dalton’s single-season touchdown record of 27. Boykin has thrown 30 touchdowns on the season.

In all, the Frogs had 722 yards of total offense, including 525 through the air.

Meanwhile, after allowing 104 yards to the Cyclones in the first quarter, the Frogs’ defense slammed the door and only allowed 132 yards the rest of the game for 236 total yards. It was the second-lowest amount of yards the defense has allowed this season.

The Frogs started slow in the first half, building only a 17-3 lead over the Cyclones. Patterson said the message was simple at halftime.

"Here's what I told them, `Quit worrying about style points. You're playing too tight. Just go win a championship and go play,” he said. “Quit trying to think you have to do all of this at once. Just go be TCU football and win a conference championship and then we will let things go.”

After the two teams traded possessions, TCU got on the board with a little trickery as Boykin completed a pass to David Porter, who then threw back to Boykin which he raced 55-yards behind a convoy of Frog blockers to put TCU up 7-0. The drive was just two plays for 70-yards.

After forcing another punt, the Frogs used a longer drive for their second score; this time a 12-play, 86-yard drive that was capped off with a 3-yard run by Aaron Green to give TCU a 14-0 lead.

Iowa State got on the board early in the second quarter with a 13-play, 68-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard field goal from Cyclone kicker Cole Netten.

TCU answered two drives later with a 39-yard field goal to end the first half scoring at 17-3.

The Frogs got a scare late in the second quarter after a fumbled punt return gave the Cyclones the ball at the TCU 39.

But, the very next play the Cyclones tried a little bit of trickery themselves with a halfback pass that Frogs’ cornerback intercepted with one hand.

The Frogs amassed 343 yards of offense in the first half and limited Iowa State to just 138. Boykin threw for 245 yards in the first half but an interception on the Frogs’ final drive of the half thwarted a scoring opportunity.

The Frogs wasted little time scoring in the third quarter. After taking the second half kickoff, TCU took just 4-plays to score from 75-yards out when Boykin tossed his first touchdown pass of the day to Aaron Green from 54-yards out to extend the Frogs’ lead to 24-3.

On the Frogs second possession of the second half, they reached the Iowa State 6-yard line but the drive stalled on an incomplete pass from Boykin to Cameron Echols-Luper. Oberkrom would make his second field goal of the day, this time from 23-yards out to give TCU a 27-3 lead.

TCU got their second interception of the day on Iowa State’s next possession as Derrick Kindred stepped in front of Sam Richardson’s pass and returned it 44-yards for the score to extend TCU’s lead to 34-3.

After forcing yet another Iowa State punt, Boykin would toss his second touchdown pass of the day, this time from 18-yards out to Josh Doctson. Doctson finished with a team-high 9 catches for 151 yards. The score put the Frogs lead at 41-3.

It didn’t take long for the Frogs to see the end zone again as on their next possession, Boykin threw his third touchdown pass of the day as he hit Deante’ Gray on a quick screen which Gray raced 45-yards down the sideline for another score that gave TCU a 48-3 lead with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter.

The Frogs closed out their scoring onslaught on Boykin’s final drive of the day as he directed a 4-play, 77-yard drive that culminated in his fourth touchdown pass of the day, this time to Ja’Juan Story.

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