No. 12 TCU recovers from first loss with rout of No. 15 OK State
FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin had no problems with the soft cast on his non-throwing hand, Josh Doctson had a couple of 60-yard sprints to turn shorter routes into long touchdown plays, and the No. 12 Horned Frogs bounced back in a big way.
Boykin threw for a career-high 410 yards, including catch-and-run plays of 77 and 84 yards by Doctson in the first quarter, as the Frogs rolled over No. 15 Oklahoma State 42-9 on Saturday, just a week after their wild shootout loss at Baylor.
"We knew that taste in the back of our mouth and in the locker room after the Baylor game," Boykin said. "We basically made a promise to ourselves that we really don’t want that anymore. We just came out today and played for four quarters."
TCU (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) quickly erased any notion of a hangover effect from that 61-58 loss at Baylor when the Frogs blew a 21-point lead in the final 11 minutes.
This time, they scored three touchdowns in a span of four offensive snaps to jump ahead 21-3 in the first quarter, then added to that while keeping the Cowboys out of the end zone.
"I’m proud of the way they bounced back. I told them last week I was the one that lost the game," coach Gary Patterson said. "I put too much defense in. … Told them I wouldn’t do that to ’em again."
On the same week that coach Mike Gundy described his team’s offense as "just very average," Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1) was outgained 676-258 and held without a touchdown for the first time since a 27-0 loss to Oklahoma in the 2009 regular-season finale.
The Cowboys had won five in a row since losing their opener 37-31 to defending national champion Florida State, but have their most lopsided loss since 56-20 at Texas Tech in 2008.
"We just got our butts kicked. There’s really not anything else I can say," Gundy said. "We gave up two big plays in the first quarter. Offensively, we couldn’t make plays. … We never could get out of a jam after we got behind."
Boykin wore a protective sleeve on his left arm with a soft cast that protected his wrist that he hurt in the Baylor game. He had no ill effects as he completed 26 of 39 passes, ran nine times for 41 yards and had a big block, taking down defensive end Trace Clark in the backfield on a reverse that got the Frogs a first down
"The game plan really didn’t change. It was condensed a little," Boykin said. "We went out and executed as best we can. You just can’t let things like that hold you back."
Doctson finished with seven catches for 225 yards, a yard short of TCU’s school record. B.J. Catalon had 10 rushes for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
Catalon put TCU ahead to stay at 7-0 with a 34-yard touchdown run, when he kept his balance into the end zone after being twisted around by a defender near the 10. That came two plays after Kevin White intercepted Daxx Garman’s pass.
Doctson then had both of his long TD catches in a 3-minute span of TCU’s first top-15 matchup at home since 1984.
Boykin hit Doctson in stride near the TCU 40 on a slant route on the first play after an Oklahoma State punt. The receiver made the grab in front of freshman cornerback Ramon Richards and sprinted by him the final 60 yards for the 77-yard touchdown.
Garman, who was just 10 of 25 for 132 yards with two interceptions, had a 57-yard pass to Brandon Shepard to the TCU 12 before the Cowboys settled for Ben Grogan’s 30-yard field goal. Grogan also made kicks of 27 and 28 kicks for the only Oklahoma State points.
Two plays after Grogan’s first field goal, Doctson got behind Richards and then outleaped safety Jordan Sterns for the catch. Doctson caught that pass about the same place as the previous one, again sprinting untouched to the end zone.
Catalon added a 35-yard TD just before halftime for a 28-9 lead. TCU started the second half with a 14-play drive capped by Boykin’s 22-yard TD pass to Deante’ Gray.
The Frogs finished their first stretch of three consecutive top-15 opponents. They also beat Oklahoma at home, and are in the middle of crowded Big 12 race.
"I haven’t thought about it. I didn’t think about it before," Patterson said. "My advice to anybody would be just try to win the game that you’re playing and don’t worry about anything else."