TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, whose Heisman Trophy shine dimmed last week, is going to have reduced access to the media so he can get ready for the game against Kansas State.
“He needs to pull back and do what he needs to do,” coach Gary Patterson said. “It’s not that he can’t handle it. It probably doesn’t make any difference. The biggest thing is to make sure he understands who the enemy is, and that’s K-State, and what we’re trying to get accomplished.”
Boykin, who won five awards for his school-record seven touchdown passes against Texas Tech, apologized to the team for his play following the 31-30 victory at West Virginia last weekend. He completed only 40 percent of his passes for a season-low 166 yards and was sacked twice and intercepted once.
Patterson remains confident in him, but is likely glad the Heisman talk has subsided for his junior quarterback.
“Last week, obviously, we didn’t play very well,” Patterson said. “It was one of those things. Not just the game, all the different avenues and things that people requested to have him do. I probably let him do too much. So that’s why there’s not as much access to him this week.”
Boykin’s teammates remained impressed, not only for his leading the two fourth-quarter scoring drives that made up a nine-point deficit, but also for his manner after the game. He took responsibility for his play and presented a game ball to kicker Jaden Oberkrom.
“People have good games and bad games,” receiver Kolby Listenbee said. “He didn’t have a bad game — he came out with a victory. That’s all that matters, to be honest. We all support him. He’s our leader, our quarterback.”
Patterson said one of the reasons the Horned Frogs had a slow start in Morgantown was because of a draining October, combined with the unfamiliarity of the first road game out of state.
“I don’t know if we mentally weren’t ready to be playing in such a big game, playing on the road,” he said. “There was a lot of emotion going through the month of October, what you had to get accomplished. October, I think, mentally wore them out a little bit. I kind of felt like, two weeks in a row, we weren’t into the ballgame as much as we needed to be.”
Against Texas Tech and West Virginia, the Horned Frogs gave up the first points for the first time this year. Patterson said those are teaching moments.
“I made a couple of points, and for two weeks in a row, they’ve come true,” he said. “So I think they’ve started listening.”
A group of people, plus the band and cheerleaders, met the football team at the airport when it arrived around midnight from West Virginia.
It surprised the team.
“There was a lot of people out there,” cornerback Kevin White said. “We got back kind of late. I was surprised. They had the band out there playing, too, and the cheerleaders. We didn’t know it was going to happen. We were surprised to see everybody out there. It was a nice little group of people.”
It was the first road game for the Horned Frogs that required a flight.
Glen Stone, the sports information director at TCU when Patterson arrived as defensive coordinator, died last weekend.
Patterson remembered his passion for the university.
“He was here when we came here,” Patterson said. “Obviously a guy that cared about TCU, cared about all of us as people. We’re sad for his loss.”