With 460 yards of total offense, quarterback Trevone Boykin broke Andy Dalton’s school record for total yards in a career.
Boykin has 12,029 yards, topping Dalton’s a mark of 11,925 during the Horned Frogs’ 40-10 victory over West Virginia.
“Records are meant to be broken, so I hope the next guy comes in and does the same thing to my record,” Boykin said. “You really just want to build a legacy that people will remember, and trust me, Andy Dalton will always be remembered here.”
Boykin racked up 388 passing yards and three touchdowns on 32-of-47 passing. He rushed for 84 yards and another touchdown, coming when he jumped over a defender and flipped into the end zone.
“I didn’t watch,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “I hoped he would get down, but obviously he didn’t.”
If Boykin giving up his body for the score wasn’t to Patterson’s liking, the high-wire act certainly left West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen impressed. Holgorsen even high-fived Boykin on the sideline after another body-contorting first-down run in the third quarter.
Doctson stays hot
Josh Doctson keeps moving up in the TCU record books. He got a step on his defender down the right sideline and scored from 17 yards out in the first quarter for his 13th touchdown this season, improving on his single-season record. The catch was his 163rd career grab, which moved him to second on TCU’s all-time reception list, behind Kelly Blackwell, who caught 181 passes from 1988-91.
Before the first quarter was out, Doctson had also moved into first on TCU’s single-season reception record. His second catch of the game put him at 67, ahead of Josh Boyce.
Josh Doctson already has set TCU records for most TDs in a season, most catches in a season and career receiving TDs.
Coming into the game against West Virginia, Doctson had piled up five consecutive multi-touchdown games as well. His 9-yard touchdown catch in the third extended that the streak.
Injuries strike again
Freshman linebacker Montrel Wilson, a converted safety, left the game late in the first quarter. He stayed on the sideline after walking off on his own power, and trainers could be seen tending to his left arm and shoulder. Redshirt freshman Ty Summers replaced Wilson, who did not return, and had four tackles in the first half.
Left tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai came off the field early in the second quarter. He was helped off the field and did not put any weight on his right leg as he hobbled off. Right tackle Joseph Noteboom was moved to left tackle, and fellow sophomore Matt Pryor came on in his place on the right side of the line.
Safety Derrick Kindred also came off the field midway through the fourth quarter after taking a blow to the right leg from West Virginia receiver Daikiel Shorts while leaping for a possible interception. Patterson said that both Wilson and Vaitai “should be OK” and that taking Kindred out after that shot was solely a precautionary measure.
Freshman cornerback Julius Lewis technically got the start opposite Nick Orr in the Horned Frogs’ secondary, but for the first two defensive series he, Torrance Mosley and Corry O’Meally rotated at the corner position. O’Meally and Mosley established themselves as Patterson’s best options and got most of the reps at corner.
Lewis was defending West Virginia wide receiver Shelton Gibson on his 32-yard touchdown catch with 11:19 left in the first half. It came on a post route, and Patterson said the play was no small part of the decision to concentrate on O’Meally and Mosley at corner for the rest of the game.
“I was really excited for Torrance as he works his way back closer and closer to being 100 percent healthy,” Patterson said.
TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom tied a school record with his 57-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
57 Yard field goal for TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom on Thursday, tying the school record set by Michael Reeder in 1996
Oberkrom matched former kicker Michael Reeder, who kicked a 57-yarder against UT El Paso in 1996 with the longest field goal in Horned Frogs history. His previous best was a 56-yarder against Kansas State in 2013.