1. The rain certainly had an effect. Both quarterbacks lost their footing on a series in the first quarter. For Boykin, it looked like it was more of a problem. His throws came mostly during the heaviest rain, and two sailed on him when he was trying to throw inside the numbers. Johnson overthrew a long pass at the end of the first quarter that became an interception, maybe because Baylor receiver Ishmael Zamora couldn’t accelerate as well to it in the wet turf.
2. Emanuel Porter might – emphasis on might – be getting close to giving the Horned Frogs the kind of outside threat Josh Doctson provided. His 3-yard catch in the first quarter featured a Boykin-like move – a jump and turn back to the ball that allowed him to catch it over the head of the defender. Porter is not nearly as polished as Doctson. But he has some of the same type of talent.
3. Pass interference remains one way to get the ball down the field. Both teams got the benefit of it early, and took advantage to turn the possessions into touchdown drives. Even in the rain and as the field contions get worse in the second half, the long pass is going to be part of the offense for both teams. So the PI is probably going to become part of the story of the game.
4. TCU had trouble turning turnovers into points. There were two takeaways in the first quarter by the Horned Frogs. Paul Whitmill fell on a muffed punt, and Nick Orr ranged over from safety for an intercpetion on a deep ball, his first of the year. Turnovers have not come in bunches for the Frogs. They couldn’t take advantage of either in the first quarter. It ook Josh Carraway’s 55-yard scoop-six to turn a takeaway into points.
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5. KaVontae Turpin continues to make special plays. Even if they don’t count. His diving catch at the back of the end zone on a long pass from Trevone Boykin looked like it never should have been close. The ball looked almost like a throwaway. But as it died just past the end zone, Turpin knifed out of nowhere for it. He got his hands under it, but as he extended for his drive, his foot left the ground. No catch. But what a play.