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TCU can't stay perfect against Oklahoma State

A full recap of TCU first loss of the 2015 season

TCU came into Stillwater, Oklahoma looking to get a win against the Cowboys at their place for the first time since 1991 and keep their undefeated season alive. But the Frogs’ young defense gave up big play after big play, while it’s offense made mistake after mistake.

The Horned Frogs undefeated season came to an end in Stillwater, as the Oklahoma State Cowboys were able to defeat TCU by a final score of 42-29.

The game got ugly for the Frogs early. It started with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin throwing an interception to Jordan Burton at the 46 yard line. Two plays later, the Cowboy’s starting QB Rudolph Mason found James Washington breaking away from TCU corner Torrance Mosley on the sideline for a 42 yard touchdown pass.

The Frogs would drive 80 yards on 11 plays and find the end zone, but Jaden Oberkrom’s extra point attempt was blocked by defensive lineman Vincent Taylor.

But then the Cowboys gave the Frogs déjà vu. Washington broke free on the sideline again, this time for a 50 yard score to put Oklahoma State up 14-6. 

TCU took its next possession to the opposing six yard line, but they settled for a 23 yard field goal after a would be touchdown from Trevone Boykin to Josh Doctson was broken up Ashton Lampkin.

When the first quarter ended, the Frogs trailed the Cowboys by just five points. However, more mistakes followed on both sides of the ball for TCU, which prevented them from ever threatening to overtake Oklahoma State’s lead.  

After the Cowboys extended their lead with a quick three play touchdown drive to begin the second quarter, the Frogs tried to answer, but couldn’t. TCU was able to engineer a 12 play, 61 yard drive to the Cowboy’s 14 yard line. On 4th and three, Boykin took a shot to the corner of the end zone for wide receiver Kolby Listenbee. The ball was over thrown, Listenbee couldn’t stay in bounds, and the Cowboys took over.

Then TCU’s coverage problems reared their ugly head again. Oklahoma State wide receiver Marcell Ateman took advantage of a costly tumble by Moseley. Ateman was left wide open, and Rudolph found him for an 82 yard score.

Down 28-9 late in the second quarter, the Frogs took over on offense after the Cowboy’s were able to down a punt at the TCU one yard line. It looked like the Frogs were on their way to cut the Cowboy’s lead by a touchdown before the half.

Then TCU lost Josh Doctson.

Doctson, who is leading the Big 12 in receiving yardage and is second in the nation in touchdowns, had to be helped off the field after catching a 12 yard pass, then landing on his wrist. The senior wide receiver would make his way to the locker room before halftime to have his wrist checked out. There have been no official reports pertaining to the details of his injury.

Three plays later, Boykin’s pass to Shaun Nixon fell incomplete on 3rd and seven from Oklahoma State 31 yard line. Oberkrom came into attempt a 49 yard field goal, but it missed wide right.

The Frogs would go into the locker room at halftime down 28-9 with the Cowboys receiving the opening kickoff of the second half.

TCU’s defense was able to force a punt on Oklahoma State’s first drive of the second half, but the offense made a mistake that ended up putting the Cowboys lead out of reach.

Boykin tried to take a shot down field to Listenbee, but linebacker Chad Whitener jumped the route, caught the pass, and made his way to the goal line. The officials called the play touchdown, but after video replay, the call was over turned as Whitener stepped out of bounds at the TCU one yard line. But that didn’t matter, Oklahoma State’s dual threat option J.W. Walsh came into the game, and found his way past the Horned Frog defensive front for a one yard score to put his team up 35-9.

The Frogs were able to answer with a balanced passing and rushing attack, that ended with Boykin getting his second one yard touchdown rush of the game.

But the Cowboys scored quicker.

Rudolph aired out another deep ball to his favorite target, Washington, for a 74 yard touchdown. Neither team would score for the remainder of the third quarter.

Trailing 42-16 early in the fourth quarter, TCU’s offense showed some signs of life. Boykin was finally able to find the end zone with his arm as he found a diving Listenbee in the end zone 32 yards down field.

With Oklahoma State up 42-23, the Horned Frogs looked like they were going to be able to cut deeper into the Cowboys lead, as TCU drove 89 yards. After Boykin found Nixon at the two yard line, it appeared that Aaron Green was able to get the ball over the goal line. The officials called the Green’s run a touchdown, but it was reviewed, and the ball was replaced inches away from the goal line. On 4th down, Boykin kept the ball himself, ran towards the pylon, and was stuffed just short of the end zone. The drive took 7:01 off the clock, and Oklahoma State was content with running the ball to waste even more time.

On their next drive Boykin was later able to complete a couple nice strikes to KaVontae Turpin before Arron Green was able punch it in at the goal line to bring the score to 42-29.

The TCU defense was able to force another Oklahoma State punt with about 1:30 left on the clock, but Whitener got his second interception of the game, and this time, he found the end zone for the pick 6.

Boykin threw four interceptions; he came into Saturday’s game with just five. The senior went 35-for-57 passing with 445 yards, and a touchdown threw the air with two more coming on the ground.

After Doctson, who caught 6 passes for 64 yards, left the game in the second quarter, Nixon became Boykin’s favorite target. The sophomore receiver caught a career-high nine passes for 146 yards.

The Horned Frogs actually outgained the Cowboys on the ground and through the air. TCU out-rushed Oklahoma State 218-to-81, were able outgain them in the passing game 445-to-375. The Frogs amounted 663 total yards; the Cowboys gained 456.

The difference was turnovers; TCU had four, Oklahoma State didn’t have any. The Cowboys were able to score 21 points off of the Frog’s mistakes. Also, 267 of Oklahoma State’s 456 total yards were on scoring plays.

No. 8 TCU now drops to 8-1 (5-1 Big 12), and No.14 Oklahoma State stays perfect on the season with a 9-0 record (6-0 Big 12). 

The Frogs will return home to Fort Worth to take on the winless Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. Kickoff time is to be determined.


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