Breaking down TCU’s comeback win at Iowa State

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Breakdown

1st quarter

Cam White recovered Iowa State’s muffed punt at the Cyclones’ 23 and Trevone Boykin, in at quarterback, scored on an 18-yard keeper to give TCU a 7-0 lead with 5:09 left in the quarter.

2nd quarter

Punter Kirby Van Der Kamp completed a 25-yard pass to Justin Coleman to the TCU 15 to set up ISU’s first score, a 15-yard run by Sam Richardson that tied it at 7-7 with 12:44 left in the quarter. A 3-yard Boykin touchdown run made it 14-7 at halftime.

3rd quarter

ISU’s DeVondrick Nealy returned the opening kickoff of the second half 98 yards for a score to tie the game 14-14. Nealy, a sophomore, broke several tackles on the return as he made his way down the left sideline.

4th quarter

Trailing 17-14 with 2:34 left, TCU drove 58 yards on 10 plays, including Aaron Green’s 22-yard run on fourth-and-1 and another 17-yard run before Boykin’s 1-yard scoring run with 38 seconds left gave the Frogs the lead for good.

How TCU fared

Offense: Like last week, the unit took turns looking impressive and utterly confused. Two potential scoring opportunities were wasted at the end of the first half as TCU punted 11 times, the most in a game this season. Turnovers close to the end zone continued to be a problem. Casey Pachall was intercepted twice inside the ISU 25.

Defense: Despite playing without Jason Verrett and Elisha Olabode, the defense held ISU to 10 points and 289 yards, the Cyclones’ third-lowest output this season.

Special teams: Strong wind was tough on both teams’ kickers and punters. Each punter took turns shanking one, but both pinned the other team inside the 20 three times. Poor tackling by TCU allowed the 98-yard kickoff return to open the second half.

Players of the game

RB Aaron Green, TCU: The Nebraska transfer finally had a signature moment in his first season with the Frogs. He rushed for 40 of his 72 yards on TCU’s game-winning drive, including a clutch 22-yard run on fourth-and-1.

WR Brandon Carter, TCU: The junior led with six receptions for 93 yards after not playing last week for personal reasons. His six catches are more than his combined totals in his last four games, and his yards receiving is more than his last five games combined. He also returned a punt 21 yards.

LB Paul Dawson, TCU: He led with 14 tackles, including two for losses and had a QB hurry.

DE Jon Koontz, TCU: The senior had five tackles, including a sack for a loss of 9 yards and a pass breakup.

FS Chris Hackett, TCU: The sophomore had a career-high 11 tackles and forced a fumble that led to TCU’s first score.

Quotables

“We knew they would need to honor him when he was in at quarterback because he’s such a great runner. Trevone is a great athlete and we need to get him the ball more.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on the use of Boykin at quarterback on select plays.

“We haven’t stopped pushing yet.” — TCU safety Chris Hackett on the team’s resiliency.

“I wish I could put into words the pain associated with a loss like this … for all our fans, you show up being 1-7, haven’t won a game in your stadium all season long and to have a crowd like that and support like that, there’s only one Cyclone Nation. There’s only one program in the country that can do that at 1-7 and that’s ours with a fantastic, loyal fan base that I can’t thank enough.” — ISU coach Paul Rhoads on the 54,922 in attendance despite the Cyclones’ 1-8 record.

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