The last two drives for the #2 ranked TCU Horned Frogs may have been the signature moment to quarterback Trevone Boykin’s Heisman Trophy awarding. With 6:49 left in the final quarter, Boykin lead his offense onto the field. The second play from scrimmage saw him 69 yards away from paydirt. Down to the Kansas State Wildcats in their stadium, in front of a raucous 60,000 screaming fans 42-38 at the time, he reeled off a play that is sure to get played repeatedly come mid-December.
Boykin dropped back to pass. With his first two options covered and yards of real estate in between himself and the closest Wildcat defender, he took off. Reverting back to his stint as a receiver for the Frogs two years ago, he used his reported 4.5, 40 speed to slice through the secondary and outrun two pursuers for a 69-yard touchdown run.
After a field goal by K-State tied the game at 45 on the next possession, Boykin was left with just under two minutes to drive the Frogs down into field goal position for the win. Not leaving it up to the uncertainty of a long field goal attempt, he decided finding receiver Josh Doctson on a post route for a 55-yard touchdown reception a better option.
That sealed the deal on what was a very exciting game. Down 35-17 at the half, it looked like the chase of a national championship was over for the Frogs. Without any inkling of being able to slow the K-State power running game in the first half, the defense was able to get a few timely stops in the second half. The turn of the tide happened on the first possession of the second half as the Frogs returned an interception for a touchdown to close the gap to eleven. After that, the offense took control of the game and secured victory #6 of the season for the Frogs.
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- The small linebacking duo of Travin Howard and Montrel Wilson could wind up being what catches up to the Frogs. At 190 and 208 pounds respectively, they have a hard time taking on 300 pound guards in the running game. A team with a good running game can also keep the TCU offense off the field and has a great shot at ruining the Frogs season before they reach the November 27th showdown with Baylor.
- Trevone Boykin missed some opportunities to get the ball down field to the speedy Kolby Listenbee. Isolated in man coverage regularly, Listenbee ran by the corner at least a dozen times on the ‘Go Route’, but Boykin always went to Doctson who was often double covered.
- In the day and age of the Spread Offense, Kansas State and coach Bill Snyder still runs the ‘Option.’ A smart move considering it’s rarely seen these days and tough to prepare for due to its unfamiliarity. That keeps them competitive in just about any game they are in. You hardly ever see a K-State game one sided due to their style of play, which is pretty unique.