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Ailing TCU holds on against SMU with Boykin and Doctson's help | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Doctson had a ridiculous touchdown catch as a part of his huge night.

The senior from Mansfield turned and twisted into position to leap and grab a long throw from Trevone Boykin, falling into the end zone with the ball tucked against his chest for a touchdown that got TCU on the way to escaping with a harrowing 56-37 victory against resurgent rival SMU.

Five thoughts from No. 3 TCU's 56-37 win over SMU | Dallas Morning News

The Frogs are dropping like flies.

2. Murphy's Law. Last season, the Horned Frogs stayed almost entirely healthy on both sides of the ball throughout the season, and it was a big reason they reached their full potential. This season, the offense has been relatively OK, but the defense has not been able to maintain any sort of stability thanks to numerous injuries. After losing Kenny Iloka a week ago, the Frogs lost two more starters on defense against SMU. Ranthony Texada left the game with a knee injury that Gary Patterson told TCU's radio broadcast would likely keep him out for the rest of the year. Terrell Lathan was also taken to the locker room in the first half with an unspecified injury. That brings the total number of defensive starters lost to seven just three games into the season.

Trevone Boykin accounts for 6 TDs; No. 3 TCU outlasts SMU | ESPN

Boykin had a solid night, minus one interception.

Boykin threw for 454 yards and five touchdowns, the last a 42-yard strike to Josh Doctson with 6 1/2 minutes left after SMU had gotten within five points, and TCU held on for a 56-37 victory Saturday night.

Injuries nearly strike midnight on Frogs' unbeaten hopes | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The secondary will need to get it together ASAP.

When starting cornerback Ranthony Texada went down with an announced season-ending knee injury in the first half, it raised the count to seven would-be starters missing from coach Gary Patterson’s TCU defense.

SMU hangs around as Frogs' defensive injuries mount | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texada wasn't the only Frog to get injured last night.

Defensive end Terrell Lathan, moved from defensive tackle in response to the rash of injuries, made his first trip to the locker room midway through the first quarter, but he returned in the second quarter.

Gary Patterson not happy with defense | Dallas Morning News

Patterson isn't allowing injuries to be an excuse for the defense.

"That's a tough loss with Ranthony [Texada], but the bottom line is, he's got a medical [redshirt], probably, within three games. Being able to get him back next year, he's a younger player anyway. And then [Terrell] Lathan going out, which was big pass-rush wise, so. But it is what it is. Our backup corners, we've got nine games and they can all throw it, so the key to the whole story is, we better play the ball in the air, we better not panic and we better get ready to go, because everybody is going to throw vertical. But they're fast enough to play all that, they need to get ready to play. We've got a week to work on it, this isn't our first rodeo."

No. 3 TCU tops SMU 56-37 | GoFrogs.com

The Frogs looked like they were set to run away with the game, then the third quarter happened.

While the Frogs rolled up 720 total yards on 71 plays, they gave up 508 yards. SMU even scored 20 consecutive points to get within 42-37 on Chad Hedlund's 32-yard field goal with 8:20 left.