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October 19, 2013

Horned Frogs lose at Oklahoma State after another slow start

It seems like every week is the same story for the Horned Frogs in 2013.

The defense plays great in the first half while the offense sputters, the offense gets going in the second half and then the defense has one bad play to halt any chance of a comeback.

After being outscored 17-0 in the first half, TCU came back to make it a 17-10 game. But a long kick return set up the Cowboys with great field position to put the game away with a touchdown and salt away a 24-10 victory.

The TCU defense forced four turnovers, including three first half interceptions, but the offense couldn't muster a point in the first half. Oklahoma State first got on the board on an incredible 95-yard punt return by Josh Stewart. He got some strong blocking and broke a couple tackles to put OSU up 7-0 with four minutes left in the first quarter.

The defense held to force a Ben Grogan 28-yard field goal to put Oklahoma State up 10-0 with 8:34 left in the first half. Trevone Boykin was then picked off by Daytawion Johnson on a tipped pass at the TCU 38-yard line to end the Frogs' ensuing drive. Three plays later, OSU scored on a three-yard run by Desmond Roland to put Oklahoma State up 17-0.

The Frogs turned the ball over two more times in the first half, but the Cowboys missed a pair of field goals to keep it a 17-0 game.

TCU started the second half on offense and once again, it had an impressive opening drive of the third quarter. TCU ran 10 plays, four were completions to LaDarius Brown, but faced a fourth and one situation at he OSU 11-yard line. The Frogs went for it and Boykin's pass to B.J. Catalon was dropped.

OSU drove inside the TCU 30, but Elisha Olabode forced a fumble and Jon Koontz recovered it to get the ball back for the Frogs. Boykin's biggest play of the day came on a deep heave down the field to Deante' Gray for 69 yards. He stepped out of bounds at the OSU 16 yard line or else he would have scored. A dropped pass in the end zone on third down set up a 35-yard field goal for Jaden Oberkrom, who went to Arlington Martin with Grogan.

The TCU offense finally found the end zone midway thorough the fourth quarter. Boykin led a 12-play drive, seven runs, that ended with a 14-yard run by Waymon James. He broke a tackle in the backfield and then went untouched into the end zone. Boykin, Catalon, James, Aaron Green and Tyler Matthews each ran the ball on that possession.

That made it a one-possession game, but it wouldn't stay that way for long. Oklahoma State got a great kick return all the way to the TCU 47-yard line. Two runs then a 27-yard pass from Charlie Moore to Stewart got the Cowboys inside the 10-yard line. Childs then scored from seven yards out to make it a 24-10 game with 6:04 to go.

TCU's last gasp was an incomplete pass from Boykin to Cameron Echols-Luper on a fourth down pass with less than three minutes to go.

TCU had just three first downs and 63 yard of offense in the first half. In the Frogs' two trips to Oklahoma this year they had three first downs and 75 yard of offense in the two first halves.

The Horned Frogs got a look at Tyler Matthews, but he attempted just one pass, which was incomplete. Boykin finished with 17 completions for 188 yards and three interceptions.

Boykin ran 15 times for 46 yards. Catalon ran 12 times for 46 yards. James ran just five times for 27 yards.

Brown had six catches for 48 yards. James had three catches for 17 yards. Gray's 69-yard grab was his only catch of the day, but it made him the Frogs' leading receiver for the game.

TCU (3-4, 1-3 in the Big 12) hosts Texas (4-2, 3-0 in the big 12) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.


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