It took him a long time to get up, but Josh Doctson said he was never worried.
“I knew I just got the wind knocked out of me,” he said.
But seeing the star wide receiver on his back on the grass at Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium probably knocked the wind out of TCU fans, too.
Doctson had caught a pass for 25 yards when he took a hit from Iowa State’s Kamari Cotton-Moya in the first quarter.
The trainers took a lot of time with Doctson. Coach Gary Patterson came out to take a look. It looked like the TCU injury list was about to add its biggest name.
Doctson never thought so. His hip hurt, but Doctson figured he was going to work through that.
“I knew right when I got up that I’d get a shot and be good,” Doctson said.
TCU’s Josh Doctson ranks second in the nation in touchdown catches (12), first in receiving yards (1,067) and fourth in catches per game (8.6).
By the start of the second quarter, Doctson was back on the sideline. By the next drive, he was in for a play. By the drive after that, he was catching two passes — one on third down to keep the drive alive, another for a first down — and drawing a pass-interference penalty in the end zone.
Just another day at the office.
Got a little banged up, but I know I needed to be out there.
TCU receiver Josh Doctson
Playing with what Patterson described as a hip pointer, Doctson finished with 10 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns, breaking the school records he set last year for receiving yards in a season and touchdown catches in a season.
After seven games, he has 60 catches for 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns. Last year in 13 games, he had 65 catches for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns.
“Got a little banged up, but I know I needed to be out there,” Doctson said.
That was in part because the Horned Frogs were also missing freshman receiver KaVontae Turpin, who left the game with an injury two plays after Doctson was hurt. Patterson didn’t elaborate on the injury to Turpin, who left the field and went straight to the locker room, but said he didn’t believe it was a “season-ending thing.”
Quarterback Trevone Boykin wasn’t surprised to see Doctson return.
“I don’t know what they took him in for; I didn’t even ask,” Boykin said.
5Consecutive games with a touchdown catch and 100 yards for Josh Doctson.
Back in the game, Doctson was put to work.
He had five catches for 102 yards and a touchdown before the injury.
He had five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown after the injury.
So it was business as usual between the quarterback and receiver, now in their third season together and second in the Air Raid offense that has transformed both their careers.
“The game is simple to us, I guess you could say,” Doctson said. “We just know the routes. I kind of know what he’s going to give me before he gives it to me. It just kind of clicks like that.”
Everybody can breathe again.