Josh Doctson, who became the go-to receiver the TCU offense was looking for this season, delivered big plays and set two school records in Wednesday’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
The junior from Mansfield Legacy caught two touchdown passes and became TCU’s record-holder for touchdown catches in a season (11) and receiving yards in a season (1,018).
The 11 touchdowns broke the record of 10 shared by Jeremy Kerley in 2010 and Mike Renfro in 1977. The yardage record beat the mark of 1,012 by Reggie Harrell in 2003.
“I couldn’t have done it without the line blocking, the coaches believing in me, Trey [Boykin], obviously, throwing it to me,” Doctson said. “Just all boils down to that. I just got to make the play or the plays. It’s pretty cool, but I’ve got to thank my teammates for getting me there.”
Doctson almost had another record. His 65 catches wound up as the second most in a season at TCU. Josh Boyce had 66 in 2012.
Doctson’s 12-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter made the score 21-0, and his 27-yard catch in the third quarter made it 42-0.
“He had some good yards last year, but this year, he stepped up, making plays whenever his number was called,” receiver Kolby Listenbee said. “I’m proud of what he did all season.”
Doctson said his 27-yard touchdown catch came on a ball that was not meant for him.
“It was just a scramble play. I don’t think he was trying to throw it to me,” he said. “I think he was throwing it to Ty Slanina. I saw the safety coming down — it looked like he was going to undercut him for a pick. So I undercut him and just made a play.”
Boykin said that play, and the 35-yard touchdown catch by Listenbee at the pylon, are examples of why he puts balls up for his receivers.
“They’ve been doing it all year. Why wouldn’t they do it on the stage they did today?” he said. “You can go back to the Minnesota game where Josh had that catch. When you’ve got guys like that making plays for you and you give them a chance, that’s really all you can do and hope for the best.”
Listenbee to Green
Listenbee said he should have been nervous for his wide receiver pass, but he wasn’t. His mind flashed back to his days as a quarterback at Arlington Bowie, and his body did the rest.
“It was a blessing to get to throw the ball again,” he said. “I saw Aaron wide open. I had some time — good blocking from Cliff Murphy, David Porter, plus the line. I saw Aaron wide open, threw it, and gave him a chance.”
The 31-yard play was the first touchdown of the game for the Horned Frogs.
“I was calm. Usually I’d be nervous, but I was calm, poised,” Listenbee said. “Trey gave me a good ball. I just sat back there and threw it like my old days.”
It was the second consecutive game TCU threw a wide receiver pass for a touchdown. David Porter threw a touchdown pass to Boykin against Iowa State.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said TCU did nothing fancy on defense.
“They won a bunch of one-on-ones. They didn’t bring a lot of pressure,” he said. “Nothing I can sit here and say they drew up. They certainly had a good plan. It felt like they knew when we were passing, when we weren’t. They won a bunch of one-on-ones.”
Freeze said the quickness and athleticism of the TCU defensive line — tackles Chucky Hunter and Davion Pierson and ends James McFarland, Devin Lawson, Terrell Lathan and Chris Bradley — is surprising.
“They’re quicker than you know when you’re watching film,” Freeze said. “Their down four guys are extremely quick.”
The defensive line combined for four sacks.
▪ The Horned Frogs forced four turnovers, giving them 40 for the season.
▪ Chris Hackett, McFarland and Derrick Kindred each had interceptions, and Marcus Mallet had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
▪ TCU has the nation’s longest interception streak at 15 games.
▪ TCU recorded its fourth 12-win season, the third in the past six seasons.
▪ TCU scored on its opening drive for the ninth time in 13 games this year. Eight were touchdowns.
▪ The 39 points was the largest margin of victory in Peach Bowl history.
▪ The fourth quarter was only the sixth scoreless quarter this year for TCU.
▪ Paul Dawson had six tackles to finish with 134, the most for a linebacker under Gary Patterson at TCU.
▪ Jaden Oberkrom’s six PATs gave him 329 points, moving past LaDainian Tomlinson for second on the TCU career list.