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At the half: TCU 10, Kansas 10

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin scrambles away from pressure against Kansas. He left the game in the first half after getting hurt on a first-quarter scramble, and backup quarterback Bram Kohlhausen took over with a 14-10 deficit.
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin scrambles away from pressure against Kansas. He left the game in the first half after getting hurt on a first-quarter scramble, and backup quarterback Bram Kohlhausen took over with a 14-10 deficit. AP

1. Trevone Boykin joined the list of injuries for TCU, where the list is getting ridiculously long. His right ankle twisted under him when he was brought down after a 3-yard scramble on the second play of the game for TCU. He stayed in the game for the rest of the first quarter, but went to the locker room later. He wasn’t the only injury problem for TCU – right guard Jamelle Naff and right tackle Joseph Noteboom also left the game with injuries, making it 21 players who have missed a game or part of a game this year. Hardly anybody can believe it.

2. No Boykin meant Bram Kohlhausen got a chance for his first meaningful action with the Horned Frogs. Entering in a 10-10 game, the senior from Houston produced no points on his first drive. His second drive came up empty, too, when Aaron Green went nowhere on fourth-and-short at the 12-yard line. This game means a real test of TCU’s quarterback depth. Patterson said in the spring he didn’t believe at that point he had a quarterback who could win a conference championship.

3. Josh Doctson got out there and played in the first half. He’s coming off a scary-looking wrist injury in the Oklahoma State game, and he had the hand and wrist in a wrap. So why risk him? Couple of theories – one, he’s a senior, and it’s Senior Day, and he had a chance to set the school record for career catches (he was just two away from tying it); two, the College Football Playoff committee might downgrade TCU if he’s not available. But his presence did not mean much without a healthy Boykin.

4. KaVontae Turpin is going to do some interesting things with returns in his TCU career, which is just starting. He picked up his first touchdown return off a punt Saturday with a weaving, cutting 49-yard return. He doesn’t have far to go to tie the TCU record for punt return touchdowns now – one more will do that. Jeremy Kerley is the school leader with two. Unless I’m missing somebody.

5. DeShawn Raymond got a look at cornerback for the first time as the Horned Frogs continue to try to figure out that spot. He hadn’t been deemed ready by Patterson and the defensive coaches, despite arriving on campus in the spring. He was hurt for spring training, however, so that probably contributed to his late start. He had four special teams tackles. But now he’s in the regular defense.

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