What a game. Saturday's win was the biggest TCU victory over a ranked opponent since a 47-7 win over No. 6 Utah in 2010. More importantly, what a way to bounce back after a devastating loss. By my count, TCU has played one bad quarter of football this season, and that's all that is standing between the Frogs and a perfect record.
A jump to 10 in the polls shows the respect the country has for the Frogs, and as the SEC West eats itself TCU should continue to rise, as long as they keep winning.
But, let's focus on the fun that was Saturday, shall we?
TCU's version of the triplets is rounding into shape quite nicely. Trevone Boykin had a career-high 410 yards passing, as well as a career-high total yards from scrimmage with 454. Josh Doctson is now on pace for just under 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns on the season, while B.J. Catalon is proving he has what it takes to be a feature back, rushing for over 100 yards for the second time this season. Boykin and Doctson have eclipsed their yardage totals from a year ago, and all three have recorded more touchdowns than they did in 2013.
Boykin also completed 66.7% of his passes on Saturday, good for his second most accurate outing of the season (70% vs. Samford), a week removed from his least accurate outing (44.7% vs. Baylor).
Meanwhile, on defense, Paul Dawson continues to be unstoppable, as he led the team with 13 total tackles and two tackles for loss. He now has 68 total tackles and nine tackles for loss on the season. Chris Hackett was credited with two pass break ups, but in reality he could have very easily had three interceptions on the day. It's nice to see this secondary bounce back after a tough week against Baylor.
Part of the reason the secondary had a good day is because of the play of the defensive line. Josh Carraway, Chucky Hunter, Davion Pierson and James McFarland all recorded a quarterback hit on the day, while Hunter and Pierson both recorded sacks. They were constantly in the backfield putting pressure on Daxx Garman. All in all, it resulted in zero completed passes in the second half for Oklahoma State, and Garman's lowest completion percentage (40%) on the season.
What the heck is wrong with Jaden Oberkrom? He missed another field goal in this game, and looked just as puzzled as the rest of us as he walked off the field. He's now 9-for-13 on the season, and has missed as many field goals as he did all of last season.
Ranthony Texada had a good game overall, but he has a tendency to bite on a double move. That's probably just a cause of his youth, but he needs to get things straightened out. He got burned deep for the longest play form scrimmage for Oklahoma State, and pretty much every team TCU faces from here on out has at least one burner at wide receiver.
The Best Team in the Big 12?
Like I said to start this off, TCU has really only played one bad quarter of football this season, and that's what is keeping them from a perfect record to this point. But are they the best team in the Big 12, like a lot of people are saying? I don't know quite yet. Right now Kansas State sits atop the Big 12 with a perfect 3-0 conference record, and in my opinion, that trumps everything. However, I do think TCU has established itself as a Top 3 team, and by season's end, could be the Big 12 representative in the playoff. They'll need a little help to get there, but it's plausible.
For now, though, I'm just enjoying this ride.