TCU put a beat down on Grambling State Saturday night 56-0. There was a lot of good, not much bad, and a lot of fun to be had. Let’s go inside the numbers of the Frogs blowout victory.
- Everyone knows this Horned Frog team is young, but I didn’t expect so many freshmen to get on the field. TCU played 12 true freshmen, already the most in a single season under Gary Patterson. The previous record was six from last season. The true freshmen that got playing time were tailback B.J. Catalon, offensive tackle Aviante Collins, tight end Griffin Gilbert, defensive end Devonte Fields, cornerback Deante’ Gray, linebacker A.J. Hilliard, center Joey Hunt, safety Derrick Kindred, defensive end James McFarland, safety Jordan Moore, placekicker Jaden Oberkrom and offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai. It is good to see Patterson getting the young guys valuable game experience, there might not be many more opportunities for that.
- TCU recorded the 10th shutout in Gary Patterson’s 12 seasons as head coach. The Horned Frogs have had at least one shutout in each of the last four years.
- One of my keys for this game was for TCU to establish the run. They did just that. The Frogs racked up 255 yards on the ground and averaged 6.4 yards per rush. Waymon James led the way with 5 carries for 69 yards and a TD. B.J. Catalon added 63 yards on 13 carries. TCU showed nice balance though as they also threw for 276 yards as well. TCU improved to 61-1 over the last 62 games when rushing for at least 167 yards.
- True freshman Deante’ Gray set a TCU single-game record with 160 punt return yards on just five attempts. The previous mark of 146 yards on seven returns was set by Lindy Berry versus Miami in 1947. Is it time to start a Deante’ Gray clap-clap-clap, clap, clap cheer or is it too early for that?
- The attendance of 45,112 gave TCU its ninth straight sellout and 11th in its last 15 games.
- Josh Boyce recorded his fifth career 100-yard receiving game with four first-half receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Boyce’s 66 yard touchdown grab in the second quarter tied Cory Rodgers and Mike Renfro for the TCU career record for touchdown receptions at 17. Boyce is a beast. Is there any other word to describe him? He is on his way to becoming the best WR in TCU history.
- The TCU defense held Grambling to 70 total yards and only 5 first downs. The 70 yards allowed is the lowest for a TCU opponent since Northern Illinois had 60 yards in the 2006 Poinsettia Bowl. I don’t care who you play, that is pretty impressive.