Breaking down TCU’s 38-17 win over Southeastern Louisiana

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Aug. 31LSU 37, TCU 27
Sept. 7 TCU 38, SLU 17
Thursdayat Texas Tech
Sept. 28vs. SMU
Oct. 5at Oklahoma
Oct. 12vs. Kansas
Oct. 19at Oklahoma State
Oct. 26vs. Texas
Nov. 2vs. West Virginia
Nov. 9at Iowa State
Nov. 16at Kansas State
Nov. 13vs. Baylor

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1st quarter

Trevone Boykin caught his first two career passes to start the drive and Casey Pachall completed an 18-yard pass to Kolby Listenbee before Waymon James took a handoff from Boykin for a 1-yard score to give TCU a 7-0 lead with 2:32 left in the quarter.

2nd quarter

TCU safety Chris Hackett bit on a play-action pass and Bryan Bennett hit a wide-open Jeff Smiley down the left sideline for a 65-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 14-14 with 2:38 left in the first half.

3rd quarter

After Chris Hackett’s interception gave TCU the ball at the SLU 44, B.J. Catalon rushed for 17 yards before Boykin connected with Josh Doctson for a 27-yard touchdown pass to give the Frogs some breathing room, 31-14, with 7:52 left in the quarter.

4th quarter

Boykin’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Nebraska transfer Aaron Green put the game on ice for TCU, which led 38-14 early in the quarter.

How they fared

Offense: After a slow start and two failed fourth-down attempts, TCU finally found a groove. Although Casey Pachall completed 8 of 14 passes for 100 yards before leaving the game with an injury, Trevone Boykin seemed to give the unit a boost and led the Frogs to 24 consecutive points after replacing Pachall.

Defense: A pretty solid showing was marred by two big plays that totaled 110 yards — a 65-yard touchdown pass to a wide open receiver and a 45-yard quarterback keeper that set up another score. Otherwise, the secondary played better (two interceptions) and the defensive line provided more pressure.

Special teams: B.J. Catalon and Waymon James both had big returns on kickoffs and Brandon Carter returned a punt 22 yards. Kicker Jaden Oberkom forced six touchbacks and hit a 46-yard field goal at the end of the first half.

Players of the game

QB Trevone Boykin, TCU: He led the team in passing with 133 yards and tied for the team-high with three receptions for 25 yards in the first half. He also rushed five times for 36 yards.

DT Terrell Lathan, TCU: He filled in for injured starter Chucky Hunter and finished with four tackles, including two for a combined loss of 8 yards and had one of the Frogs’ two sacks.

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