Red Raider Keys to Victory: TCU

Cameron Brock breaks down what exactly the Red Raiders need to do on Thursday night to pull off the win and upset of No. 24 TCU.

Keep the offense rolling

Tech is 2-1 against TCU since the collapse of the Southwest Conference. In the two victories, Tech has scored 126 points. The lone loss came in 2006 when defense and kickers ruled the game. TCU defeated Tech in Fort Worth 12-3. If the Red Raiders want any chance at defeating the Horned Frogs, they are going to need a big performance from the offense. Expect at least 400 yards passing and 40 points on the scoreboard. 40 may not be enough, but it's something to start with.

Contain Trevone Boykin

The dual-threat quarterback is also a receiver. Boykin can play just about any position, but he is the absolute "X-factor" when it comes to TCU. Boykin, as a quarterback, nearly led TCU to victory against Tech at Amon G. Carter Stadium as a redshirt freshman in 2012. Tech's defense has not had a lot of success against dual-threat quarterbacks in recent memory. They struggled against Robert Griffin III. Tech lost in 2009 when Jerrod Johnson started for Texas A&M. Cody Fajardo scored three total touchdowns and nearly led the Nevada Wolfpack to an upset against Tech in Jones AT&T Stadium in 2011. Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt will have his hands full when Boykin takes the field Thursday.

Win the turnover battle

The team who makes the fewest mistakes will more than likely win the ballgame. It may sound obvious, but it especially rings true in a game with two high-powered offenses. Tech did not turn the ball over in the game against TCU in 2012. The Horned Frogs turned it over three times including two interceptions off of Boykin. Without the three turnovers, the game may have been a much different story. If the Red Raiders win, the defense will be a big reason why.


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