Rough half for the TCU secondary. The pass defense gave up a lot of yards and big plays. The safeties were caught out of position on Kenny Williams’ touchdown, and there was a broken tackle on the touchdown up the sideline by Devin Lauderdale. Twice, the Raiders converted long third downs in the middle of the field. Chris Hackett steadied the Frogs with an interception later in the first quarter, but damage was done.
For the first time this year, TCU trailed in the first half, because Tech took the opening possession and drove for a touchdown. But the offense, like always, responded. The Frogs put up 24 points in the first quarter, giving them 104 points in the seven first quarters this year, almost 15 per game.
Josh Doctson is emerging as the Frogs’ most dynamic and reliable receiver. That’s an important combination. It means both big-play ability and the first look from the quarterback. Trevone Boykin is starting to depend on Doctson for plays downfield and in the red zone. Doctson had a 51-yard touchdown catch and a 5-yard touchdown catch in the first half. He leads the team in yards and touchdowns.
It had to be good for the Frogs to see Jaden Oberkrom make a field goal from 45 yards. Those aren’t gimmes in the college game, so if you have a kicker who can make them, it’s a big weapon for an offense already capable of scoring a lot of points. Oberkrom is 3-for-5 from 40-plus now.
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Tech can be thankful it did not trail by more in the first half. It got fooled on a fake punt, roughed the punter, lost a shotgun snap and again on a strip sack in the last half of the second quarter. TCU got only a field goal out of the fake punt, nothing from the roughing the punter penalty and only field goals from the turnovers. And in the first quarter, couldn’t convert on fourth-and-goal from the 1.