It looked like it was going to be a good day for the TCU Horned Frogs as they scored the first fourteen points of their game with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. However, someone didn’t tell them they had to play the rest of the game as the Horned Frogs got outscored 33-0 over the final three quarters in their 36-14 loss to the Cowboys in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
TCU’s defense got things started when Elisha Olabode returned an interception eleven yards for a touchdown. Redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin added an eighteen yard touchdown pass to LaDarius Brown to put the Horned Frogs up 14-0. Things were looking promising at that point. Even when Oklahoma State was driving deep into TCU territory, they could only manage 3 points each time, kicking five field goals overall for the game.
TCU held a 14-9 lead at the half, but things quickly went downhill as Oklahoma State scored two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to take the lead for good. After the first quarter, TCU just couldn’t get much going on offense as they were hindered by several mistakes, including three turnovers. Kicker Jaden Oberkrom also missed two field goals after making several big kicks the week before against Texas Tech.
It seems as though the last few weeks TCU is consistently turning the ball over. That will happen when you have to start a redshirt freshman quarterback. Since starting quarterback Casey Pachall was kicked off the team following his DWI arrest, TCU has gone 1-3 with Boykin as their starter. Boykin has a lot of potential and has done an admirable job, but the TCU offense is just a little too sloppy with all of the turnovers.
The TCU coaching staff is trying to limit the potential number of mistakes that Boykin and the offense make. Against Oklahoma State, Boykin’s passes averaged just 4.6 yards versus OSU QB Wes Lunt’s 9.8 yards. Maybe that just means that Oklahoma State had bigger plays in the passing game. Of more concern, though, is Boykin’s health. He limped off the field after taking a hit late in the game and was replaced by backup quarterback Matt Brown.
TCU is now 5-3 overall, but only 2-3 in Big 12 play. The season seems to be getting away from them a little bit. They’ve had a lot to deal with what with this being their first season in the Big 12 and the Casey Pachall situation. TCU remains on the road this week against the struggling #19 West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, November 3. Kickoff is set for 3 PM ET/2 CT on FOX. A win for TCU gets them bowl eligible. It’s not going to be easy though. Going against Geno Smith and that offense will be one of the biggest challenges TCU has faced up to this point this season. How they handle that will help everyone see how the rest of this season fares for this TCU squad.