Breaking down TCU’s 48-17 victory over SMU

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Aug. 31LSU 37, TCU 27
Sept. 7TCU 38, SLU 17
Sept. 12 Tech 20, TCU 10
Sept. 28 TCU 48, SMU 17
Saturday at 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

SMU took advantage of LaDarius Brown’s fumble with a 67-yard scoring drive to take a 7-0 lead on Jeremy Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown reception from Garrett Gilbert late in the quarter.

2nd quarter

TCU’s defense was in a bind when Ethan Perry’s punt was blocked and SMU took over on the TCU 1-yard line. Chris Hackett, however, sacked Gilbert, who fumbled. The Mustangs recovered but lost 20 yards on the play and were forced to settle for a 37-yard field goal and a 10-7 lead with a minute left in the half.

3rd quarter

True freshman Ty Slanina made a nice catch in the corner of the end zone on one of Trevone Boykin’s best-thrown passes of the day for a 20-yard score to give TCU its first lead, 17-10, late in the quarter.

4th quarter

Receiver Ja’Juan Story, who has played a limited role this season after transferring from Florida, broke a tackle, picked up a nice block and scored on a 56-yard pass from Boykin to help TCU pull away 24-10 early in the quarter.

How they fared

Offense: It was a tale of two halves for TCU. The Frogs had just six first downs and 120 total yards in the first half but turned it up a notch after the break. TCU finished with 335 yards and 16 first downs. Boykin improved greatly in the second half. After completing just 7 of 16 first-half passes, he was 8 of 10 in the second half and finished with 228 yards and two touchdowns.

Defense: TCU’s defense intercepted four passes and sacked Garrett Gilbert seven times. The Frogs held one of the most prolific offenses in the nation to 292 yards — including 121 with the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs came into the game averaging 461.7 yards a game.

Special teams: A mix of good and bad. Ethan Perry had a punt blocked and Jaden Oberkrom missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt in the second quarter. But Oberkrom connected on kicks from 35 and 26 yards and LaDarius Brown’s heads-up play on SMU’s onside kick late in the game turned into a 45-yard kickoff return to stretch TCU’s lead to 41-17.

Players of the game

WR Ty Slanina, TCU: The true freshman led with three receptions for 63 yards, including a 20-yard, go-ahead touchdown.

WR Jeremy Johnson, SMU: Led the Mustangs with 159 yards on 11 catches, including a long of 50 yards and a 1-yard scoring catch to give SMU a 7-0 lead.

LB Marcus Mallet, TCU: Led the Frogs with 10 tackles, including four for a loss and a sack. He also forced a fumble.

S Sam Carter, TCU: He intercepted two passes, including one returned 66 yards for a score, forced a fumble and finished with five tackles, including a sack for a loss of seven yards.

Quotable

“We played with more emotion. The first half we were pretty flat. Things weren’t going right for us. We had drops. We were killing ourselves with personal fouls and offsides.” — TCU QB Trevone Boykin on the slow start by the offense.

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