With the potential for a seismic shift in the postseason landscape at hand, Trevone Boykin was having none of it.
No. 2 TCU was put on upset alert early on as Kansas State built a stunning 35-17 lead at the half in Little Manhattan. However, an equally stunning comeback lifted the Horned Frogs to a come-from-behind 52-45 win that kept their playoff hopes very much alive.
The third quarter saw a significant shift in momentum as the Horned Frogs were able to simultaneously take the crowd out of the game and put themselves right back in it.
A pair of third-quarter touchdowns, one on Derrick Kindred‘s 60-yard interception return and the other an Aaron Green eight-yard touchdown run, sliced the Wildcats lead to 35-32 to start the fourth. A Joe Hubener touchdown run from a yard out, though, pushed the lead back out to 42-31 with 12:21. And then, Boykin did as Boykin does.
On back-to-back possessions, the Heisman-candidate quarterback scored on touchdown runs, the first a 14-yarder and the second a 69-yard thing of beauty that, along with a successful two-point conversion, gave the Horned Frogs their first lead since early in the first quarter at 45-42 with 6:07 remaining.
The Wildcats weren’t done, though, as kicker Jake Cantele connected from 37 yards out to tie the game with 1:47 left at 45-all. Boykin, however, wasn’t done either.
While you can debate the merits of the decision, Bill Snyder opting to kick the field goal on fourth-and-one from TCU’s 20 left Boykin with nearly two minutes to work his magic. Boykin, as it turned out, needed less than 30 seconds of that time as he connected with Josh Doctson for a 55-yard touchdown pass two plays after that three-pointer for a 52-45 lead.
For the game, Boykin totaled 425 yards of offense, 301 passing and 124 rushing. He had a hand in four touchdowns as well, two each between rushing and passing. Doctson caught 155 of Boykin’s passing yards, the fourth straight game he’s gone over the century mark.
Hubener accounted for four rushing touchdowns in a losing effort.