Inside the Numbers: TCU vs. SMU

Jamie takes a deeper look at what made the Frogs tick against SMU.

After a frustrating first half, the Frogs made fans feel better about life, scoring 31 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Ponies in acceptable fashion. Now, LET'S GO TO THE STATS.

31 - The Frogs' 31 points in the fourth quarter is the most by a team so far this season. So, that's cool. The last team to score 31+ in a fourth quarter was Kansas State, when they dropped 35 on Missouri State last year.

5 - The Horned Frog defense forced 5 SMU turnovers on the day, including four interceptions against Garrett Gilbert. The former UT starting quarterback sure has fallen a long, long way. The five turnovers gives TCU a total of 12 takeaways on the season. TCU is now +6 in turnover margin, good for a tie with Baylor for first in the Big 12.

80% - Boykin's completion percentage in the second half Saturday. It included touchdown passes of 20 and 56, to Ty Slanina and Ja'Juan Story, respectively. He seemed much more composed in the second half against SMU. Hopefully that helps him as TCU moves on to face OU in Norman.

2-12 - TCU's third down conversion rate on Saturday. It was pretty pitiful. TCU is now 18 of 54 on third downs this year. That's a 33% conversion rate. Way too low.

7 - The number of players Boykin completed a pass to. When he wants to, he knows how to spread the ball around. With the emergence of Slanina and Josh Doctson as options for Boykin in the passing game, I think we're going to start seeing a lot of four and five wide sets to try and stretch the secondary. Maybe that's just a pipe dream, but who knows.

54 - Waymon James' rushing yards on the day. James became the third Horned Frog to lead the team in rushing. Catalon has done it twice, and Boykin once. The three have combined for 549 rushing yards this season, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Their rushing totals have accounted for just under 40% of the Frogs' total offense on the year.

2-2 - The Frogs' current record. A loss against SMU would have been devastating, not only for morale, but to the season. Heading to Norman 1-3 would have been soul crushing.

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