Horned Frogs fall to No. 21 Oklahoma St 24-10

Gary Patterson decided to make his own quarterback change after
Oklahoma State did it earlier in the first half.

The switch didn’t work out as well for the TCU coach on
Saturday.

Tyler Matthews fumbled on his first place under center, and the
Horned Frogs couldn’t produce enough offense after they went back
to starter Trevone Boykin in a 24-10 loss to No. 21 Oklahoma
State.

Boykin completed only 17 of 35 passes for 188 yards with three
interceptions, and TCU’s four turnovers prevented them from
spoiling Oklahoma State’s homecoming.

”When you play at somebody else’s place, you have to play to
win,” Patterson said. ”We hadn’t been down there (in the red
zone) very often, but when you get down there, you have to get more
than three points.”

Clint Chelf made a case for why he should again be Oklahoma
State’s starting quarterback, completing 10 of 25 passes for 178
yards with one interception for the Cowboys (5-1, 2-1 Big 12
Conference).

The senior, playing in his final homecoming game, replaced
starter J.W. Walsh after the sophomore threw his second
interception of the first half, an ill-advised throw into the
middle of the end zone.

Chelf responded after having his first pass intercepted and led
the Cowboys on back-to-back scoring drives to help them build a
17-0 halftime lead.

TCU (3-4, 1-3) also switched quarterbacks in the second quarter,
but it didn’t help as the Horned Frogs struggled in their second
trip to Stillwater in as many years.

”We felt like we needed a spark on offense and so we made a
change and played Clint,” Gundy said. ”So we’ll evaluate our
offense this week and our game plan for the next team and decide
which direction we want to go.”

Josh Stewart added 10 catches for 141 yards and had a 95-yard
punt return for a touchdown, giving Oklahoma State enough offense
to overcome four turnovers and a pair of missed field goals.

”We doubled him, we played over the top of him and he still
found ways to get there,” Patterson said of Stewart.

Oklahoma State had hoped to get off to a fast start following
its second bye week in a month, but other than Stewart, things
didn’t go well at first.

Stewart did everything he could in the first half, catching
eight passes for 106 yards and giving the Cowboys a 7-0 lead with
his 95-yard punt return toward the end of the first quarter. He
fielded the punt at the 5-yard line, darted across midfield and
made several nice cuts on his way to the longest punt return in
Oklahoma State history.

Stewart finished with 265 all-purpose yards, with 124 yards
coming on punts to go along with his 141 yards receiving.
Afterward, Gundy said it would be hard to disagree with the
statement that Stewart was the ”best player on the field”
Saturday.

”When you hear stuff all week about the level of secondary you
will be playing against, it makes me want to make plays for my
team,” Stewart said. ”I had opportunities, and I just made the
best of them.”

Walsh finished 9-for-18 for 115 yards and two interceptions, but
his status as Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback remains in
jeopardy.

Chelf beat out Walsh to start Oklahoma State’s season-opening
win over Mississippi State, and he might get another chance to lead
the Cowboys’ high-powered offense.

”There were a couple of throws that didn’t look good, but I
think there was a reason for that,” Gundy said of Chelf’s
performance. ”Overall, I thought he managed the game pretty
well.”

Patterson decided to insert Matthews at quarterback after
watching his offense struggle while falling behind by 17. Boykin
completed only 5 of his first 13 passes for 27 yards with two
interceptions, but Matthews couldn’t provide any more
consistency.

Matthews fumbled on his first play and failed to complete his
only pass. Boykin returned to the lineup to start the second half,
but he appeared to struggle with an injury and ended the third
quarter by throwing his third interception.

The Horned Frogs got within 17-10 when Waymon James slipped past
Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett and scored on a
14-yard touchdown with 7:39 remaining.

However, Rennie Childs’ first career touchdown on a 7-yard run
with 6:04 remaining ended TCU’s hopes of sparking a second-half
comeback.

”We came out in the second half with our backs against the
wall, and that’s when we play our best football,” TCU offensive
lineman Eric Tausch said. ”If we could only play like that in the
first half, then the sky’s the limit for our offense.”

The Horned Frogs briefly found an offensive rhythm when Boykin
connected with Deante’ Gray for a 69-yard reception with less than
four minutes left in the third quarter. But TCU lost two yards on
its next three plays and had to settle for a 35-yard field goal
that cut Oklahoma State’s lead to 17-3.