Josh Doctson had two first-half touchdown receptions and TCU's defense smothered Minnesota's run-oriented attack for a 30-7 win Saturday.
Fortunately for the TCU offense, the defense provided plenty of room for mistakes. Sam Carter, Derrick Kindred and Marcus Mallet each had interceptions, Paul Dawson and Chucky Hunter each forced a fumble, and Davion Pierson had a sack and shared in another as Minnesota (2-1) managed only 268 yards of offense.
While TCU’s new, fast-paced offense is making headlines, they made sure on Saturday to remind everybody that defense remains their calling card.
Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson connected for two touchdowns to spark TCU's 30-7 victory over Minnesota.
This is what can happen when everybody bills a game as the first significant test for a football team.
For the second time in as many games, TCU started fast and put a touchdown on the board almost immediately. The Horned Frogs started on defense this time, but a two-yard run, followed by an incompletion and a sack ended Minnesota’s drive. Cameron Echols-Luper took the punt back to the 18-yard line, setting TCU up for a quick drive. On the third play, Trevone Boykin hit Josh Doctson with a fade in the corner of the end zone to give TCU a 7-0 lead just 2:12 into the game. The fast start put the Frogs in control, and they never relinquished.
The Gophers (2-1) couldn't keep up with the Horned Frogs' hypersonic, no-huddle attack. They looked lost from the start in falling behind 10-0 less than 6 minutes in and never recovered. And they weren't able to generate any semblance of an offensive threat against a defense that's ranked in the top 25 nationally five of the past six years, instead committing five turnovers -- the team's most since 2009 against Ohio State -- four of which led to points.
The chatter on social media during and after TCU’s 30-7 win over Minnesota had little to do with the Horned Frogs’ win over the Big Ten foe.
The first of six catches against Minnesota went for a 13-yard touchdown. It was his second grab, however, that lit up Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Minnesota had minus-1 rushing yard in a first quarter during which the Horned Frogs’ defense set the tone for the afternoon.
TCU coach Gary Patterson said he changed from proposed grey uniforms so his players would be easier to see in the mostly overcast conditions. Quarterback Trevone Boykin did his part to promote the white out with white shoes and socks.
Josh Doctson made a picture-perfect running catch at the back pylon, putting a foot down in time for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
The Gophers were outclassed in this one. It wasn't pretty and I don't see a need to spend a lot of words talking about all the reasons that sucked.