TCU ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring offense, ninth nationally in passing yards per game and is racking up more than 500 yards per contest.
This is not what coach Gary Patterson pictured in the spring.
“I don’t know how you could envision that you could do this,” he said. “Very excited, obviously, hats off to the job the offense has done.”
Patterson and the Horned Frogs made the change to an uptempo spread offense in hopes of scoring more points as they began their third season in the explosive Big 12.
After Saturday’s 42-9 victory over Oklahoma State, the Frogs are averaging 45.2 points per game, 340.2 yards passing and 537.7 total yards.
Their offense, led by quarterback and two-time conference offensive player of the week Trevone Boykin, trails only Baylor in points, yards and touchdowns in the conference.
Simply put, the transition has gone better than expected.
“After the end of the spring, things didn’t look as good,” Patterson said, and he talked about how the coaches at Texas A&M also went through an uneven transition as they switched to a similar offense two years ago.
“They were really pulling their hair out, too, just trying to learn. There’s a lot of things that go on. ... You just have to evolve into being able to do all of it. But it’s been fun.”
Credit to assistants
Patterson credited the styles of new offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie for Boykin’s rapid development in the new system.
“Sonny’s patience and Doug’s push have really made a difference in how Trevone has done things,” Patterson said.
Boykin leads the Big 12 in total yards per game (369.8), is third in passing yards per game (312.2) and 10th in rushing yards per game (57.7).
Patterson said the main message is unselfishness from Meacham, the former offensive coordinator at Houston, and Cumbie, the former Texas Tech quarterback.
“In this kind of offense, sometimes you can be an ‘I’ person — how many balls you catch, how many yards you get. I think they’ve done a great job with this group, that whoever it is on the day we play, whoever the defense allows to be successful, we’re all going to be happy about it,” Patterson said.
Boykin gave his receivers credit Saturday, in particular Josh Doctson on the 84-yard touchdown that started with a leaping grab over two defenders.
“I don’t think he was aware of the safety coming over the top,” Doctson said with a smile. “He put it high enough to where I could make a play, jump up and get it.”
Doctson, who was named Big 12 offensive player of the week, came down with the ball and sprinted up the sideline. No one could catch him on that play or his 77-yard touchdown, a slant that he caught behind the defense.
“I don’t know, I’m going to have to watch the film,” he said, asked if he really is that fast. “I might be quicker than I think I am. They said I was moving.”
Patterson consistently says he is happy to win by one point, but he agrees that 33-point victories, like Saturday’s against then-No. 15 Oklahoma State, make an impression.
“Oh I’m sure, yes, as far as the national media is concerned and rankings and all that stuff,” he said. “That makes a difference.”
TCU moved to No. 10 in the AP poll Sunday and is the highest-ranked Big 12 team.
“In this league, you just need to hold on to your hat,” he said. “If anything, we’ve learned in the last three weeks you just got to keep your nose down. Everybody can play. Any given day, they can come after you.”
TCU vs. Texas Tech
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Amon G. Carter Stadium
TV: KDFW/Ch. 4