TCU Continues Its Success Against Oklahoma

Oklahoma failed in what they were calling their biggest test of the season to date. No. 25 TCU and No. 4 Oklahoma historically have always had close games, and while TCU has struggled to break through the past two years against the Sooners they have proved more than capable of staying competitive with them. The win gives TCU its fourth 4-0 start in the last five years and put the rest of the Big 12 on notice. TCU starting quarterback Treyvon Boykin said, “It basically gives us confidence. Knowing that we can play with guys like OU”.

In what was a back and forth battle all game long TCU eventually came out on top with the help of a late 41 yard interception return for a touchdown and a crucial fourth down stop in the fourth quarter with under a minute to go. This shouldn’t come as a surprise though as TCU has lost by a total of ten points to Oklahoma the past two years. Although the Horned Frogs struggled last year in the Big 12 they had four losses come by three points or less.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson brought in a new offensive coordinator this year that has installed an up-tempo style offense. It’s paid dividends as the Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin passed for 318 yards and two TDs, and ran for another 77 yards. Boykin gave the Sooners’ D fits all afternoon. The two teams had nearly identical stats with TCU gaining 469 yards to Oklahoma’s 461.

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight went to his star receiver Sterling Shepard early and often as Shepard finished the game with seven catches for 215 yards. The Big 12’s leading rusher Samaje Perine was held to 87 yards, just a week after gashing West Virginia for 242. The two teams exchanged a couple of turnovers in the fourth quarter but ultimately the Sooners were done in by the interception thrown by Trevor Knight with 14:12 left.

Things don’t get any easier for TCU as they travel to No. 7 Baylor on Saturday for another difficult matchup. Oklahoma will be at home as they continue their Red River rivalry game with a vulnerable Texas squad scrambling for answers.

The win catapulted the Horned Frogs to No. 9 in the latest AP Poll and sent Oklahoma all the way down to No. 11

*Section Photo credit to Brandon Wade, AP Photo ;Featured Photo (above) credit to Matthew Emmons, USA Today Sports

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