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.