TCU utilizes Game Breakers for win over KSU

Horned Frogs break out momentum-changers to give TCU a come-from-behind win

In the fantastic 2004 sports video game NFL Street, a player could change the momentum of a game and get an automatic score by utilizing a power-up called “GameBreaker.”

And just like that video game, TCU used major GameBreakers to get a win in the Little Apple, toppling the Kansas State Wildcats 52-45.

The game started off with a bang for TCU, with Aaron Green rumbling for an 86-yard rushing touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, giving TCU the chance to set tempo.

Kansas State immediately countered though, driving 64 yards on 10 plays (six of them rushes) capped by a 2-yard Joe Hubener designed run to tie up the game.

TCU responded with a drive that finished with a 36-yard Josh Doctson touchdown, but it wouldn’t be long before Kansas State began controlling the game by grinding away at TCU’s defensive line.

By halftime, the Wildcats were up 35-17 on 266 yards of offense (including 165 rushing yards on 28 carries). The Wildcats running game helped contribute to K-State’s 21 first downs and a 85 percent third down conversion rate in the half, and TCU’s eight penalties - including four pass interference calls - aided in giving Kansas State the lead.

The tweets came in - TCU was on upset alert, again. TCU surely would lose this time, the critics said.

But then, just like a version of the NFL Street video game franchise, the Frogs threw in a few GameBreakers.

“We pretty much knew what we had to do,” TCU QB Trevone Boykin said about halftime adjustments. “Only thing left was for us to perform.”

Near the start of the third quarter, TCU safety Derrick Kindred got in front of a Joe Hubener pass down the middle, then pinballed his way to the end zone on a 56-yard touchdown return. As Kindred celebrated in the end zone, cutting the score to 35-24, Kansas State’s offense began to lose its mojo, and never properly recovered.

TCU clawed its way back on a 8-yard Aaron Green run and a 14-yard Trevone Boykin dash to get the score to 37-42, then forced a 3-and-out on Kansas State.

Then, Boykin threw in another GameBreaker. With 6:07 left on the clock, Boykin smashed through the defensive line and found real estate on the right side of the field, going 69 yards to the house. Following a hookup pass to Josh Doctson on a 2-point conversion, TCU had a 45-42 lead.

Kansas State would march down the field and tie the game up on a 37-yard kick from Jack Cantele, but with 1:47 left in the game, the Frogs had a final chance to get the win.

That’s when Josh Doctson decided to get in on the GameBreaker action.

On the second play of the drive, Doctson shed his defender and broke a tackle from Wildcats DB Jesse Mack. As he trotted into the end zone, Doctson slowed his speed and took a moment to look at Mack, just as if it was too easy for him.

'When [Kansas State] tied the game, and we saw how much time was left, we just smiled because we knew what was about to happen,” Doctson said.

What happened was a sight TCU fans have come used to seeing: Boykin to Doctson in the moment that counted most. Since the start of 2014, Boykin and Doctson have connected for 114 catches, 1,866 receiving yards and 20 TDs - likely the best production for a QB-WR tandem in the nation.

Saturday night was no exception, as Doctson finished the game with eight catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Boykin would finish the game with 425 yards of total offense, including two rushing touchdowns and two touchdowns through the air.

Patterson reminisced again as he did after the Texas game, calling Doctson and Boykin two one-of-a-kind players for TCU’s program.

'You should enjoy Josh Doctson, and you should enjoy Trevone Boykin,” he said. “Because they love pressure, and they do great things.”

Next up for the Frogs, they head back to Ames, Iowa, to take on the Iowa State Cyclones.

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