Frogs Limp Away With Win Against SMU

The Frogs offense shine, but their defense struggled as more guys were lost to injury.

TCU was a 37.5 point favorite going into their home matchup against SMU, but the Mustangs gave the Frogs all they could handle and left TCU with its defense even more banged up than it was before.

The Horned Frogs would take down the Mustangs by a final score of 56-37, as both offenses impressed and both defenses gave up big play after big play.

TCU, a team that came into Saturday’s game ranked 17th in the FBS in total defense, played sporadically and even atrocious at times. Starting cornerback Ranthony Texada would have to come out of the game with a knee injury in the second quarter. At halftime, Gary Patterson said that Texada is likley done for the rest of the season. The Frogs also lost defensive end Terrell Lathan, who was already replacing Mike Tuaua and James MacFarland. Patterson said he does not know if Lathan's injury will cause him to miss anymore time.

The defenses youth and inexperience became noticeable when SMU quarterback Matt Davis would test TCU’s secondary with deep passes to Cory Sutton and Ryheem Malone, who tallied 115 yards on five catches and 90 yards on three catches, respectively.

The Horned Frog defense allowed 508 total yards of offense, with 330 of them coming through the air.

While the defense struggled, the offense shined as they scored touchdowns in each quarter after SMU was able to get on the scoreboard first with a seven play, 75 yard touchdown drive.

The Frogs’ first touchdown came on a 61 yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to true freshman receiver Kavontae Turpin during the ensuing possession. Patterson, who’s spoke highly of Turpin since fall camp, compares the young wide receiver to former TCU standout Jeremy Kerley.

The Mustangs next drive would end with a 22 yard field goal from Chad Hedlund to take a 10-7 lead, but the Frogs would answer again with a 39 yard strike to Josh Doctson to the one yard line. TCU running back Aaron Green would punch the ball into the end zone from the one to put the Frogs up 14-10 with 2:09 left in the first quarter.

The Horned Frogs were able to force the Mustangs to punt on the next possession and were able to take advantage of some good field position as Boykin was able to find Doctson in the end zone for another score to put TCU 21-10.

The Frogs’ Heisman hopeful quarterback provided another highlight reel moment with a 20 yard run, than began with Boykin twisting his way out of sack, and couple of jukes and a power drive into the end zone to give his team an eight point lead.

With 2:01 left in the first half, the Mustangs were able to cut into the Frogs’ lead as Davis was able to complete a 63 yard pass to Malone just one yard short of the end zone. Davis would carry the ball in himself to cut the Frogs lead to 28-17 before going into halftime.

TCU would open up with second half with back-to-back touchdown passes. The first one went to wide receiver Kolby Listenbee, who made an outstanding diving catch on a 30 yard pass from Boykin. The second would come after SMU was forced to punt on their opening drive of the first half. TCU would drive 69 yards and extend their lead with a touchdown pass to tight end Dominic Merka.

With the Frogs up 42-17 with 9:18 left in the third quarter, it looked like the Mustangs were on their way to another blowout. But, they fought until the end as they answered TCU’s 14 consecutive points with two touchdowns and two field goals to come with in five points of the Frogs' lead with 8:20 left in the game.

But the Frogs were able to distance themselves yet again. Doctson was able to haul in a 42 yard pass, which looked to be over thrown at first glance, from Boykin to put the Frogs up 49-37.

Down two scores, the Mustangs found themselves facing a fourth and two at TCU’s 47 yard line. Davis dropped back and tried to find his target Shelby Walker for the first down, but it was knocked away by defensive back Nick Orr.

The Frogs would go on to score another touchdown as Aaron Green was able to find the end zone from a yard out for the second time.

TCU would finish with 720 yards of total offense, with 266 coming on the ground and 454 coming through the air. Green would rack up 165 yards on the ground on 21 attempts, giving him a 7.8 yards per carry average for the night.

Boykin would finish the game with 454 yards and went 21 for 30 with five touchdowns and one interception.

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