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November 10, 2013
Offense Comes Through
The Frogs win! The Frogs win! It feels like it has been forever since I typed those words. It was ugly, it was sloppy, and at time it was boring, but TCU got the 21-17 win over Iowa State and that is all that matters.
TCU was down three with 2:44 to go in the 4th quarter and needed to drive into field goal range to keep their bowl hopes alive. They did much better than a field goal as the Frogs went on a 10 play drive capped off by a Trevone Boykin touchdown with :38 remaining to take the lead for good. It was no doubt the gutsiest drive of the season by the offense. The TCU offense had been fairly abysmal up until that point but they sucked it up and got it done.
I was very impressed from what we saw out of Aaron Green. I thought he would have more of an impact this season but with Waymon James out due to suspension and B.J. Catalon sidelined by an injury, Green finally got his chance. Green racked up 40 of his 72 yards on the final drive and his 22 yard run on 4th and 1 was the play of the game.
When talking about being impressed you have to mention Trevone Boykin. It's clear he doesn't need to be the full-time quarterback, but it's also clear that he needs to be on the field. The guy is a great athlete who makes plays with the ball in his hands. When the Frogs use Boykin like they did against Iowa State he is a very dangerous player. Without his contribution the Frogs would have definitely lost this game.
I also want to mention Brandon Carter as well. He had his best game of the season by far and actually looked engaged and like he actually wanted to be on the field. He looked like the Brandon Carter we were normally accustomed to seeing before this season. Although he did have the one miscue that led to a turnover, it was good to see him making plays for Pachall and the offense.
The Iowa State special teams deserve a little credit also. They kept the Cyclones in the game and the fake punt was executed perfectly. Iowa State's punter had one of the best throws of the game and did a decent job of punting as well.
The Frogs got the victory and that is all that matters. Bowl hopes are still alive and the morale of the team and the fans should be a little better this week. It won't get any easier though as TCU faces a tough Kansas State team next who has now won three in a row after handing Texas Tech a beat down.
Hopefully the Frogs build off this win and they can finally get some momentum going in the positive direction. The bad voodoo has to wear off at some point right?