After questions arose swiftly for the TCU offense, the Horned Frogs played like one giant cohesive unit able to execute, not only because they dawned their brand new grey camo jerseys but because they came out with something to prove in week 2.
It took Trevone Boykin and co. a little while to find their feet back home at Amon G. Carter Stadium. SFA was able to hold their own for around eight minutes. But, at the 6:51 mark in the first quarter, the gates of Horned Frog Hell were opened and unleashed against the Lumberjacks.
After the stout defense of TCU held on the 7 yard-line, the high-octane offense was finally able to get their wheels under them with Boykin hitting Josh Doctson for 24 yards on the first play of a 93-yard drive that took just under two minutes capped by running back Aaron Green finding the promised land from 2 yards out.
Now, many critics would say there is nothing to be gained from beating an FCS team aside from getting game experience further down the depth chart as can be seen in both polls with TCU staying stagnant at number 3. But I find reason to disagree in the case of TCU after the sluggish start in week 1.
If someone were to watch the film from the Minnesota and SFA games, they would notice improvement all across the board. The offensive line was able to execute their assignments to perfection after the stalled first drive. With the assignments cleaned up, the Horned Frogs were able to open up their running game to the tune of 224 yards and 4 TDs. With the run game operating as well as it was, that opened up the 285 yard air raid that was Trevone Boykin’s arm. Every receiver was on the same page. Kolby Listenbee had the big game I projected with 142 yards on six catches with 1 TD. Josh Doctson did not play as big a role as many would think. But, when you’re THE guy, it’s easy to gameplan against you. However, the error was the Lumberjacks only gameplanned against Doctson which left the door open for Listenbee to run rampant over the secondary of SFA.
Overall, there will still be corrections needed this week before playing an SMU Mustang team that held arch-rival Baylor close in the first half of their week 1 matchup. This will also be a game in which the Frogs look to stir the 'One True Champion' debate by continuing to play at the same level from their rout of SFA. This will be a better litmus test to see if the 627 yards of offense was due to the skill difference of the Lumberjacks of the FCS or due to the corrections Gary Patterson and staff made prior to the week 2 matchup. Look for an encore, of sorts, this week for the TCU offense.