After a tough loss in their previous game to a hot Oklahoma State team, the #15 ranked TCU Horned Frogs found themselves down to the winless Kansas Jayhawks at the half. Defeats such as what the team experienced in Stillwater can cause a lull in performance the following week, but nobody expected such a lull to this magnitude.
Even with quarterback Trevone Boykin going down on their first offensive possession with a severe ankle injury, performing this poorly to a very bad Jayhawk squad was shocking to witness. If not for an electrifying 49-yard punt return by freshman receiver KeVontae Turpin, the energy inside Amon G. Carter Stadium was absent all game.
Receiver Josh Doctson returned to the field after suffering a wrist injury in the first half of the Oklahoma State game. It obviously affected his play as he finished with one catch for just 12 yards. Having the other half of the best passing combination in college football go down early probably didn’t help Doctson keep pace with his previous production.
Running back Aaron Green had his best game of the season, running hard inside and moving the chains for 177 yards. It was needed to support both Bram Kohlhausen and Foster Sawyer who both saw time at quarterback in place of Boykin. Kohlhausen threw a costly interception. Sawyer was able to connect on his only pass to Shaun Nixon for a 42-yard touchdown.
The Horned Frogs defense played well enough to keep a bad Jayhawk offense from making a couple late potential game winning drives with an interception and big sack to end the last two drives. When the final whistle blew, it was TCU 23 – Kansas 17.
It is unknown the condition of Boykin for the next game against Oklahoma. Coach Gary Patterson thinks Boykin will be ready to go. His presence is a must if the Frogs have any plans on salvaging their season with a victory on Saturday against a rising Oklahoma Sooner team in Norman.