It’s possible neither quarterback Trevone Boykin nor receiver Josh Doctson play on Saturday at Oklahoma.
TCU coach Gary Patterson called both players questionable Monday during the Big 12 coaches conference call with reporters.
“I’ll know more by tomorrow,” he said.
Boykin suffered an ankle injury on the second play of the game last week against Kansas. Doctson, playing with a wrap on his left hand and wrist from an injury the previous week at Oklahoma State, had one catch for 12 yards against Kansas.
I can already tell the difference in our football team ... them understanding the urgency if either one of those guys don’t play.
TCU coach Gary Patterson, on potentially not having Trevone Boykin or Josh Doctson against Oklahoma
The Horned Frogs’ practice on Sunday had extra urgency, Patterson said.
“I can already tell the difference in our football team, yesterday in the hour of practice we have on Sunday, them understanding the urgency if either one of those guys don’t play,” Patterson said.
Senior backup Bram Kohlhausen completed 13 of 19 passes for 112 yards and an interception during the second quarter and the first series of the third quarter.
After the interception with the game tied 10-10, the Horned Frogs went to redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer for the rest of the game, and he went 1-for-7, completing only a 42-yard touchdown pass to Shaun Nixon, but also producing two field-goal drives.
“One of the things that will happen this week is these guys will actually get more and more reps, so they’ll be more prepared for the ballgame, more ready to go,” Patterson said.
Patterson is heartened by improved defensive performances.
“Defensively, we’ve started to play a lot better here in the last five, six ballgames,” he said. “We’re starting to get our swagger back a little bit. We understand we have quite a challenge ahead of us.”
TCU set a school record last week with a sack in 27 consecutive games. It ties for the fourth-longest streak in the nation.
TCU gave up five first downs combined in the second halves of the Oklahoma State and Kansas games. In conference play, the Horned Frogs are giving up 7.5 points on average in the second half.
But now they face the top- and third-ranked scoring offenses in the country in the next two weeks in Oklahoma (46.1 points per game) and Baylor (54.8).
“We understand we have quite a challenge ahead of us,” Patterson said. “Sometimes you’re stronger at the end of the season, which we were a year ago. Sometimes you’re not.”
TCU can still win the conference championship outright with wins in the final two games, at Oklahoma and against Baylor, and with Oklahoma State losses to Baylor and Oklahoma.
“TCU’s never quit. We’re going to be right in the middle of it and see what happens,” Patterson said.
All four of the top teams in the conference still have a chance to win the title outright, with Oklahoma State having the best odds by virtue of hosting fellow contenders Baylor and Oklahoma.
“It’s the end of the season. You’re 9-1. You’re going to try to finish the task,” Patterson said. “Right now, that’s what this football team is trying to do.”
5Times this season TCU has held an opponent to 17 points or less, including three times in Big 12 play. TCU is 99-3 under Gary Patterson when it allows 17 points or less.
Happy for Mayfield
Patterson said he is happy for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who he remembers recruiting.
“We were in a situation scholarship-wise, trying to decide, it just came down to he ended up walking on at Texas Tech,” Patterson said. “I’m really excited for him because it’s turned out to be a great deal for him, and he’s doing well. It’s fun for me. When you get a chance to know parents, young people and they do well, whether it’s at your place or anywhere else, it’s a positive.”
Mayfield won the Big 12 offensive player of the week award following his performance in OU’s victory at Baylor on Saturday.
“I think the biggest thing is he’s just a competitor,” Patterson said. “He gives them a competitive spark. He has a will about him to get himself out of trouble, get the ball in the right hands. He’s got a great supporting cast. He’s got a great group around him.”
Patterson, asked about TCU’s victory at Oklahoma in 2005, said it helped introduce the nation to the Horned Frogs.
TCU was coming off a 5-6 season when it went into Norman for the 2005 season opener against the fifth-ranked Sooners and won 17-10.
TCU at Oklahoma
7 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/8