The only person wearing red and yellow on last Saturday in Ames, Iowa that got close to TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was 7-year-old Abby Faber. In the middle of the field for the coin toss she sat in her wheel chair, diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebal palsy, the Heisman Trophy candidate took a brief moment to ask her for her name and introduce himself. The picture went viral. It was the Heisman Trophy winning pose of him kneeled down next to her and shaking her hand.
Great way to start a game in which he accounted for five touchdowns, four through the air and one scamper on the ground. As easy as his star line may look, 436 yards passing, completing 27 of 32 passes, the game was in limbo for the #3 Horned Frogs. Only up 24-21 at the half, they were in a dog fight with the Cyclones.
An 86 yard opening drive in the second half was capped off with a 13-yard dash to the end zone by running back Kyle Hicks. The Frogs never looked back. The defense surrendered 286 yards in the first quarter but tightened the screws on the Cyclones offense the final three quarters, giving up only 199 more total yards.
Boykin was able to get Kolby Listenbee back into the swing of things offensively. The speedster hauled in six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Josh Doctson had his normal stellar game with 10 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns. The Frogs suffered a brief scare when he went down in the second quarter, but he returned to the lineup looking like all was well with the leading receiver in college football.
Boykin won over many voters with his pregame gesture to young Abby Faber. He didn’t hurt himself with the game he rolled out afterwards either. He, along with the rest of the team will use the upcoming bye week to rest up and heal up. They have a feisty West Virginia squad coming to Amon Carter Stadium on October 29, an ESPN televised prime time game for the world to see.
THREE POST GAME TIDBITS
- The secondary of TCU still leaves much to be desired. Not many plays get made on the ball. They have way too many pass interference calls as well. With what’s ahead of them, especially the last game of the season, that could be a serious problem.
- Iowa State has very ugly uniforms. With all the creative design schemes that teams are wearing these days, their bland look does little to appeal to recruits I’m sure.
- TCU moved down another spot in the AP Poll. They are now #4, getting leaped by Utah on Monday. They can’t afford to drop any further if they want to be in contention for a playoff spot at seasons end.