Last week, Oklahoma State and TCU were both involved in games that produced shocking results. For TCU, it was giving up 24 fourth quarter points in a 61-58 loss at Baylor. For Oklahoma State, it was the necessity of a late kickoff return to knock off lowly Kansas 27-20. Now both schools participate in a game that will have huge implications in the Big 12 race.
TCU has no margin for error anymore, and needs to bring down the schools ahead of them in the standings. One of those teams is Oklahoma State, who will travel south of the border with a 3-0 record in conference play.
The Horned Frogs are scoring at a pace of 45.8 points-per-game, which ranks second in the conference only to Baylor’s 52.7. Oklahoma State won’t be able to stop them, but can only hope to slow them down.
“They have a really good quarterback, good running backs and they have good receivers, so it’s going to be fun on defense to play a team like that,” said OSU cornerback Kevin Peterson.
The Cowboys are sixth in the conference in points allowed (24.7), but will be tested by a TCU offense that spreads the field and moves the ball at a pace of 325.2 yards per game. Junior quarterback Trevone Boykin is the centerpiece of the Frogs’ offense, and has been the catalyst of the resurgent TCU offense. He’s completing 57.7% of his passes and has 5.1 yards-per-carry average.
Oklahoma State’s offense will be tasked with the responsibility of trying to keep pace in the game. They will be facing a TCU defense that, just a couple of weeks ago, was the top-ranked scoring defense in the Big 12. Giving up an average of 47 points-per-game in conference play has dropped the Horned Frogs’ defense to fifth in the conference.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson stated junior Tyreek Hill is going to be a focus for his defense. “They run Tyreek Hill everywhere, in the back field, going vertical and running fly sweeps,” Patterson said. “He’s doing a lot of things with them, along with their wideouts. We’ll have our hands full…”
Below is all you need to know regarding this Big 12 showdown.
Kickoff: 4:00 PM ET
Location: Ft Worth, TX
Television: FOX Sports 1
Line: TCU -10
*Section Photo credit to Kevin Jaira, USA Today Sports; Featured Photo (above) credit to Mark D. Smith, USA Today Sports.