TCU was pretty heavily favored heading into Ames on Saturday. While Horned Frogs would end up pulling away for a fairly convincing 45-21 win, neither team completely accomplished what it set out to do. The college football world expects the Frogs to start fast and get up early to justify their number three ranking while Iowa State is desperately trying to hang on to what ever is left of their bowl hopes.
The Cyclones managed to create some upset buzz by hanging 21 points in the first quarter on the Frogs; who are quickly earning a reputation as a team who comes out of the locker room sluggish. However the TCU defense would make adjustments, and did not allow another point. The Cyclones did manages to carry a lead into halftime, but by the fourth quarter TCU was in full control.
“We might the worst first quarter defense in college football right now. Holy smokes,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said after the game. “We have to quit playing tentative when we go on the road…once we get them settled down and get into rhythm, then it’s been ok,”
The TCU names we’re all accustomed to hearing would end up being too much for ISU. Trevone Boykin would account for 436 passing yards and five touchdowns. His number one receiving target, Josh Doctson, would end up with 190 yards and two TD’s of his own. ISU, whose offense was nonexistent the last three quarters, would also help TCU’s cause by giving away two fumbles en route to their fourth loss in the last five games.
|3rd Down Eff||9-13||3-12|
|4th Down Eff||0-0||4-6|
|Yds Per Pass||13.1||8.6|
|Yds Per Rush||4.3||3.0|
Key Point In The Game
Even after being shut out in the second quarter the Cyclones found themselves down only three at halftime to the number three-ranked Frogs. They got the hot start they were looking for from Richardson and put up an impressive 21-point first quarter.
When you’re a highly ranked team playing on the road one of the most important things you have to do is keep the home underdog from getting too much momentum. TCU did just that to open the second half. In a rowdy, upset-minded Jack Trice Stadium the Horned Frogs took the opening drive of the second half 86 yards capped off by a 13-yard touchdown by Kyle Hicks. The score would extend their lead to 31-21.
From there, neither the Horned Frog’s offense or defense would look back. The D ended up pitching a shutout in the second half and allowing less than 200 yards. Holding TCU to a three-and-out, or even a field goal, would’ve been a great way to revive the home crowd and regain the momentum. The Frogs did a great job of coming out of halftime looking to put their foot on the Cyclone’s jugular.
Emptying The Notebook
If you weren’t convinced that Josh Doctson was having a stellar year, he tied a school record for receptions in a season on this TD catch. He hauled in another TD later in the game setting the new record at 12. By the way the record was his own, and he beat it on the seventh game of the year. Biletnikoff voters, get your popcorn ready for the second half of the season.
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) October 17, 2015
Allen Lazard had a monster game catching five balls for 147 yards and this touchdown. This Frog defender probably got an earful about this one in the film room.
— Iowa State Athletics (@CycloneATH) October 17, 2015
Look on the bright side, Cyclone Nation. At least you were classy enough to not take the loss out on your helpless couches. So sad. What would Ann Arbor say???
Oh poor guys. You burn the couches when you win, not after a loss. https://t.co/VyFQyTdUdu
— LandGrant Gauntlet (@the_LGG) October 18, 2015