TCU’s Trevone Boykin finally found an award that Oregon’s Marcus Mariota couldn’t claim first.
The TCU quarterback was a finalist as the Walter Camp Player of the Year and Davey O’Brien Award. Mariota won both.
As a native of Hawai’i that played at Oregon, Mariota wasn’t eligible for the the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which is given to the best college football player that was either born in the state of Texas, attended a Texas high school or attended a Texas junior college or university.
The recipient must also “succeed on and off the field while having the drive and the tenacity to persist and overcome adversity and injury in the pursuit of reaching their goals.”
Boykin was honored as the 2015 winner.
The TCU quarterback joined Baylor’s Bryce Petty as the first two winners of the award.
Boykin led the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record as the team finished the season ranked No. 3 overall by the Associated Press. The junior quarterback was stellar throughout the season. He completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 3,901 yards, 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The dual-threat signal-caller also ran for 707 yards and eight more scores.
TCU’s talented quarterback is also expected to enter the 2015 campaign among the favorites for the Heisman Trophy.
Boise State’s Jay Ajayi and Oklahoma Samaje Perine were also finalists for the award.
Despite not playing in the final four games of the season for the TCU Horned Frogs, running back B.J. Catalon still leads the team with 10 rushing touchdowns. It’s a total Catalon won’t be able to increase at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson stated Catalon won’t play in the bowl game due to an inability to get him fully ready for the contest.
Prior to Catalon’s injury, the running back gained 493 yards through the team’s first eight games. Since his departure from the lineup, junior Aaron Green effectively took over as the team’s top rusher. During those final four games, Green ran for over 100 yards three times and averaged 119 yards per game.
With Catalon out of the lineup, Green’s contributions during the bowl game will be vital to TCU’s success.
Ole Miss owns one of the nation’s most aggressive defensive fronts. TCU’s ability to run the ball effectively will take pressure off of quarterback Trevone Boykin. If the Rebels can effectively slow Green then they’ll be able to pin their ears back to rush the passer, which is where their defensive line truly excels.
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.
No. 12 TCU scored four touchdowns during the first half against the No. 15 Oklahoma State Cowboys. The shortest of TCU’s four scores was a 34-yard run by running back B.J. Catalon.
TCU’s big-play ability led to a 28-9 lead over Oklahoma State after two quarters of play.
When TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson woke up this morning, he probably didn’t expect it to be a career day. But that’s exactly what happened. Docston already established a career high with 167 receiving yards.
The junior wide receiver’s first two catches set the tone for the game. Quarterback Trevone Boykin fround Doctson racing down the sideline twice for long scores. The first was a 77-yard connection as Doctson raced to the end zone. The wide receiver bettered his first touchdown reception with an 84-yard score three minutes later.
TCU hasn’t simply exploited Oklahoma State secondary. The Horned Frogs established a strong ground game, too. Catalon quickly amassed 96 yards on six carries, including a pair of touchdowns. Both scores were 34-yards or longer.
In total, the Horned Frogs tallied 349 yards of offense. They averaged 11.4 yards per pass and 11.1 yards per rush.
Oklahoma State was also able to move the ball, but the Cowboys couldn’t capitalize once they entered the red zone. Three trips inside TCU’s 20-yard line resulted in three field goals.
With a strong first-half effort, TCU will likely utilize more of a ball control offense to secure a victory. The Cowboys, on the other hand, have to clean up the mistakes on defense and finish drives during the second half.
The No. 25 TCU Horned Frogs didn’t do the Big 12 Conference any favors for the Big 12 Conference with a 37-33 victory over the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners. But TCU head coach Gary Patterson and his squad won’t care after one of the biggest wins in the program’s history.
For the first time since the school became a member of the Big 12 Conference, TCU asserted itself as one of the league’s premier programs. The Horned Frogs are now 1-0 in conference play and ready to make a run.
The problem with the victory is members of the Big 12 Conference are already beating up on each other. The Sooners were considered one of the top candidates to make the inaugural College Football Playoff. TCU, on the other hand, wasn’t ranked in the Top 25 prior to the start of the season and has a major hill to climb to be considered in the same vein.
Due to a lack of depth among the teams and no conference championship, the general belief was a top Big 12 team would have to remain undefeated to even be considered for the playoff. TCU is now 4-0, but the Horned Frogs don’t get a break next week. They travel to No. 7 Baylor to determine which team truly is the cream of the crop in the conference.
If TCU continues to win, it will climb the ranks and eventually enter the national conversation. But the Horned Frogs still have a very difficult schedule with Baylor, Oklahoma State and Kansas State yet to be played.
Those are concerns for tomorrow, though. The Horned Frogs can enjoy a major victory tonight.
TCU’s stingy defense made plays when it was needed most and became the deciding factor against the Sooners. Senior linebacker Paul Dawson made the game’s deciding play when he intercepted Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight and scampered 41 yards for a touchdown. TCU’s defense surrendered 461 yards, but it made crucial stops time and again.
Plus, TCU can enter next week with a newfound confidence in quarterback Trevone Boykin. The junior signal-caller was sensational with 395 total yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
The Big 12 Conference is there for the taking for TCU. The league just hopes one of its teams remains undefeated.