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TCU News: “He never got rattled, the game was never too big for him.”

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TCU partied like it was 2022 on Saturday following the Horned Frogs’ 44-11 victory over BYU. Quarterback Josh Hoover was tasked with throwing the ball 58 times, where he completed 37 of his attempets for 438 yards, four touchdowns and two interception.

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The BYU defense wasn’t much better, allowing TCU to convert 12 of 19 third downs. Josh Hoover, making his first career start, shredded the Cougars secondary for 439 yards, four touchdowns and wasn’t sacked once.

“If you’re going to throw the ball 60 times and not get a sack, there are going to be problems,” Sitake said. “I know they had some quick throws, but we should have at least disrupted the timing.”

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Hoover completed 37 of 58 passes for 439 yards and four touchdowns, all to different receivers, as the Frogs won 44-11 over Big 12 newcomer BYU on Saturday, a week after starter Chandler Morris sprained the MCL in his left knee.

"Just really proud of the poise that he showed," Dykes said. "He never got rattled, the game was never too big for him."

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In his first collegiate start, Hoover completed 37-of-58 passes for 439 yards and four touchdowns in TCU’s 44-11 win over BYU. The 439 passing yards are the 10th-best total in a game nationally this season. The four TD passes were the most by a Horned Frog in his first start since Casey Pachall's four at Baylor in 2011. It is also the most by a Horned Frog against an FBS opponent since Max Duggan's four at Oklahoma in 2021. The 37 completions and 58 attempts by Hoover were the most in a game by a TCU quarterback since Pachall was 40-of-58 passing against West Virginia in 2013. He is the first Power Five QB with 400 passing yards and four scores in his first career start since 2019 and the first Big 12 signal caller to achieve the feat since 2014. The business pre-major student added a 26-yard run on his lone carry.

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They navigated their new roles together. Throughout training camp, their group chat lit up frequently. Most often, it was Johnston and Davis asking Duggan for a look ahead at the offensive script for the week (a list of plays and assignments that quarterbacks often get before the rest of the offense).

"First part of camp, we were texting like every night, like 'Hey, what we got on this, Max?' and he'll help us out," Johnston said. "Sometimes it'd be late. I'm like, 'Hey Max, I need that script before I go to sleep,' so it's just this little stuff like that. It makes me even more grateful having those guys here."