25 Thoughts vs. Iowa State

The #3 TCU Horned Frogs dropped the Iowa State Cyclones 55-3 on a nationally televised game. Here are a few thoughts from the game.

25. TCU outgained Iowa State 722-236 in total yards. They held Iowa State to 132 yards of total offense through the last three quarters.

24. Trevone Boykin completed 30/41 passes for 460 yards and 4 touchdown passes. He ran it 8 times for 44 yards and pulled in a 55 yard TD reception. He finished with 559 total yards of offense on his own. On the season, he’s completed 280/460 passes for 3,714 yards with 30 TD passes and only 7 INT’s. He’s rushed 142 times for 642 yards and 8 TD’s. That’s the type of season that earns you a trip to New York for the Heisman trophy ceremony.

23. On 3rd and 8, Boykin hit Josh Doctson for a 20 yard gain. That would be the start to another stellar day for the junior receiver. He finished with 9 receptions, setting a new career best, for 151 yards and his 9th TD of the season. After today’s game, he has 59 receptions for 959 yards on the season.

22. TCU got the scoring started in sparkling fashion when Trevone Boykin hit David Porter on a quick pass. Porter then turned and threw it back to Boykin, and he raced 55 yards with a convoy of blockers to make it 7-0 TCU with 9:30 left in the 1st quarter.

21. After Boykin hit Docston for 24 yards down to the Iowa State 5 yard line, Aaron Green pushed it across the goal line 2 plays later to make it 14-0 TCU with 3:18 left in the 1st quarter. On the season, Green now has 111 carries for 854 yards and 8 touchdowns and he’s averaged 7.69 yards per carry. Tack on 17 receptions for 120 yards and another TD and you can see why Green has been a huge revelation for this team since B.J. Catalon went down with an injury.

20. It looked like Chris Hackett had hauled in his Big 12 leading 7th interception on the season on a tipped pass, but after instant replay took a look at it, it was overturned.

19. If Paul Dawson doesn’t win Big 12 defensive player of the year, I’ll be shocked. The fierce linebacker finished with 13 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in the game. On the season, he’s amassed 128 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 4 interceptions (1 returned for TD), 3 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles. Oh, and he’s also broken up 5 passes. That should be a lock.

18. TCU led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter behind a bend but don’t break defense. The Frogs gave up 104 total yards in the 1st quarter but they would settle down to absolutely suffocate Iowa State the rest of the way.

17. Iowa State had a Chance Early in the 2nd quarter to put a scare in to TCU. Sam Richardson threw a dart to his TE that should have been caught for a TD. The ball was dropped and the Cyclones were forced to kick a FG to make it 14-3 TCU with 12:47 left in the 2nd quarter. Ultimately, that would be the only score of the afternoon for Iowa State.

16. Kolby Listenbee hauled in a 49 yard reception to put TCU in business midway through the 2nd quarter. The play put the ball on the Iowa State 17 yard line. Kyle Hicks was thrown for a 12 yard loss and TCU was forced to kick a FG to make it 17-3 with 7:57 left in the 2nd quarter.

15. Boykin hit on a big pass to Deante Gray that put TCU at midfield but a questionable offensive pass interference call against Emanuel Porter negated the play. TCU couldn’t recover on the drive and was forced to punt.

14. TCU’s defense forced a 3 and out and looked to start another drive in good field position but Cameron Echols-Luper made an ill-advised attempt to field the wildly bouncing ball and it was recovered by Iowa State at the TCU 39 yard line. He would immediately be bailed out as Ranthony Texada made an impressive 1 handed interception to give the ball right back to the offense.

13. Just before halftime, TCU was driving, trying to make it 24-3, when Boykin dropped back and tried to hit Emanuel Porter on a fade route in the end zone. Porter was jammed at the line and couldn’t get free and the ball was picked off. TCU would take a 17-3 lead in to halftime. I’ll need to see the replay but it looked like the ball was in the air and the DB still had his hands on Porter. If that’s the case, then he gets a break on this one. Either way, he needs to put in some work in the weight room this offseason.

12. Aaron Green took a swing pass from Boykin and raced 55 yards for a touchdown to make it 24-3 TCU with 13:54 left in the 3rd quarter.

11. Chucky Hunter had a really good game in his last appearance at Amon G. Carter Stadium as he sacked Sam Richardson on 3rd and 9 to force a punt. For the season, Hunter has 39 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble.

10. Ranthony Texada had a nice PBU to force a punt midway through the 3rd quarter. He finished with 2 PBU’s on the afternoon and his first interception of his career. I personally think this was the best game of his young career.

9. TCU drove down to the Iowa State 10 yard line with less than 9 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter but the drive stalled. Jaden Oberkrom came on and hit a 23 yard FG to make it 27-3 TCU.

8. Derrick Kindred made a splash when he picked off Richardson and took it back 36 yards for the TD to give TCU the 34-3 lead with 6:41 left in the 3rd quarter. The explosive play blew the game open and squashed any hopes that Iowa State may have had left. IT was Kindred’s 3rd interception of the season. With the multiple picks and sacks, TCU extended its nation leading streak to 14 games where they have at least one sack and one INT in each game.

7. TCU defense was up to the challenge all night and on 4th and 6 from the TCU 22 yard line, the pass from Richardson was broken up in the endzone and the Frogs took over on downs.

6. Josh Doctson burned his man deep forcing the defender to pull his jersey to avoid giving up the big play. The pass interference call moved the ball to the TCU 41. Shortly after that, Doctson hauled in the 18 yard TD pass on one of his patented jump balls to make it 41-3 with 1:42 left in the 3rd quarter.

5. Deante’ Gray got back in to early season form when he took a quick hitter from Boykin and blew by the defense on his way to a 45 yard TD. The score made it 48-3 TCU with :42 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.

4. Ja’Juan Story got in to the scoring act when he pulled in a 14 yard TD pass from Boykin. On the fade route, the defender expected the ball to be deeper in the corner but Boykin underthrew it and helped Story easily win the battle. That made it 55-3 with 12:43 left in the game and TCU would let off the gas the remainder of the game.

3. The Frogs had a chance to score again when they were on the Iowa State 6 yard line and kneeled twice on 3rd and 4th down to give the ball back to Iowa State.

2. TCU wins the Big 12 title in just their 3rd year in the conference. Texas Tech, Kansas and Iowa State have been in the league since 1996 and have never won one. West Virginia gets a break because it’s just their 3rd year in the league.

1. TCU finishes 11-1 overall and 8-1 in conference. It’s the 8th time Gary Patterson has led a team to 11 wins or more in a season.

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