Thanksgiving night TCU delivered quite the message to the College Football Selection Committee as they dominated Texas 48-10. The Horned Frogs desperately needed this win to show that they deserve to be in the College Football Playoffs, but wonder if it will be enough to help their playoff chances.
It was all about TCU’s defense and star QB Trevone Boykin. The Horned Frogs defense forced six turnovers and scored on two of those, Terrell Lathan’s 40 yard fumble return and Josh Carraway’s 33 yard interception. TCU’s defense rattled Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes all night and sacked him four times.
“Too many turnovers, you’d think the way we’ve played the last three weeks, we’d go out and play better tonight. You can’t look at 6-6 and say you’ve really made improvement,” Texas head coach Charlie Strong said.
Texas did not look like the same team coming off of three straight Big XII wins.
TCU QB Trevone Boykin threw for 233 yrds and two touchdowns and rushed for a third TD as well. The Horned Frogs offense looked impressive as Boykin connected throughout the night with WR Josh Doctson who had seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. RB Aaron Green also rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown which helped lead TCU to victory. The Texas defense couldn’t handle TCU’s high powered spread offense, which in turn cost them big time.
“You know, this team deserves to go home and win a championship. We’ve got one more to do it, and I’m very proud of them,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said.
The Horned Frogs have one game left on their schedule against Iowa State on December 6 and thus one more opportunity to prove themselves. TCU is sitting at No. 5 in the College Football Rankings at 10-1 on the season and still has hopes of making the playoffs. TCU’s sole loss was to Big XII opponent Baylor who haunt their hopes of making the playoffs. The Horned Frogs need one of the top four teams Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State to lose for them to have any chance of taking one of the top four places in the rankings and get the opportunity to play for a National Championship.
*Section Photo credit to Cooper Neill, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Ashley Landis, Associated Press