With the No. 4 Baylor Bears falling to the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday, the Big 12 Conference became a wide open race. The No. 9 TCU Horned Frogs made a case they are the league’s best team with a dominant 42-9 victory over the No. 15 Oklahoma State Cowboys.
While Gary Patterson‘s teams have been known for their stout defenses, the Horned Frogs showed how explosive they can be on offense against the Cowboys.
TCU accumulated 675 total yards of offense. Trevone Boykin became the fourth quarterback in TCU history with 400 or more passing yards. He finished with 410 passing yards. Junior Josh Doctson exploded onto the scene with a seven-catch, 225-yard effort. And running back B.J. Catalon racked up 102 rushing yards on only 10 carries.
Oklahoma State simply didn’t have an answer for TCU’s offense.
The two biggest differences in the Horned Frogs’ offense was Boykin’s precision and Doctson’s big-play ability. The quarterback correctly identified the open man on nearly every occassion, while Doctson scored two touchdowns that were 77 yards or longer.
With the impressive win, TCU can establish itself as the top contender on the Big 12.
The Horned Frogs and the Baylor Bears were as evenly matched as they come, and it required a strong fourth-quarter effort from Art Briles‘ squad to escape with the victory.
The difference between these two teams is who they face in the coming weeks.
TCU will play the Texas Tech Red Raiders and West Virginia Mountaineers before facing its toughest test in the second half of their schedule, the No. 14 Kansas State Wildcats. Baylor, who lost to West Virginia 41-27 Saturday, still has to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oklahoma Sooners and Kansas State Wildcats.
With the Horned Frogs’ newfound explosive offense, everything is setting up in their favor to claim the school’s first Big 12 Championship and possibly sneak into the inaugural College Football Playoff.