Center Joey Hunt has joined TCU’s long injury list, sitting out Saturday night’s 30-29 loss at No. 7 Oklahoma.
Coach Gary Patterson said this week that the senior had “tweaked” something in practice and was questionable for the game.
That made three missing starters for the No. 18 Horned Frogs on offense as they took on the Sooners. They also played without quarterback Trevone Boykin and receiver Josh Doctson, the pass-catch combination that is the heart of their offense.
Hunt became the 13th offensive player to miss a game, part of a game or the season for TCU this year because of injury. Overall, the Horned Frogs have had 24 players miss time due to injury. Two other players missed time because of suspensions, and another quit.
Sophomore center Austin Schlottman replaced Hunt in the lineup Saturday. Left tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai returned to the lineup after missing part of the last two games.
The rest of the offensive line against OU included left guard Brady Foltz, right guard Matt Pryor and right guard Joseph Noteboom. Foltz had started every game at left guard but moved to right guard to replace Jamelle Naff, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
Sawyer in at QB
Foster Sawyer, a redshirt freshman from Fort Worth All Saints, started at quarterback for TCU with Boykin unable to play.
Sawyer finished the game last week against Kansas, replacing backup quarterback Bram Kohlhausen, who had gone in after Boykin’s injury.
Sawyer entered Saturday night 2-for-8 passing for 48 yards and one touchdown in two games for the Frogs. He also saw action against Stephen F. Austin.
Boykin, who suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter against Kansas, came out for warmups in street clothes.
On the third series Saturday night, TCU used Shaun Nixon for two plays in the wildcat formation. He took the direct snap both times and handed off to Aaron Green, once to convert a third down.
Nixon is a running back who has played receiver most of the year and is the Frogs’ third-leading pass-catcher. He entered with 31 catches for 401 yards and a touchdown.
Linebacker Ty Summers was ejected early in the second quarter for targeting.
The freshman was called for using his helmet to hit OU quarterback Baker Mayfield at the end of a scramble. The automatic video review upheld the call and the ejection.
It was the second time this season that a TCU player was ejected for targeting. Safety Denzel Johnson was ejected in the first half against Iowa State.
Summers will be eligible to play from the start of the next game because he sat out the entire second half Saturday.
▪ Kolby Listenbee’s touchdown catch extended TCU’s first-quarter touchdown streak to 24 games — a Big 12 record. It’s the nation’s second-longest streak since 1996. Stanford did it for 25 straight games, ending in 2011.
▪ Four turnovers and one takeaway left TCU minus-3 for the season. Sawyer’s two first-half interceptions marked the third straight game with an interception for TCU quarterbacks.