Nation’s longest winning streak snapped as TCU falls to Iowa State in first loss as a Big 12 Conference member
By Tommy Smith
Fort Worth The Iowa State Cyclones (4-1, 1-1) ended the nation’s longest winning streak at 12 games, beating the TCU Horned Frogs (4-1, 1-1) 37-23 at Amon G. Carter Stadium Saturday. The loss was TCU’s first as a member of the Big 12 Conference and the first conference loss for the Frogs in 26 games.
The win was the first for Iowa State over TCU who won the three previous meetings between the schools. TCU won 28 of its last 29 home games before Saturday’s set back.
Both teams played without their opening day starting quarterback, as TCU indefinitely suspended Casey Pachall for being arrested and charged with DWI Thursday morning. Redshirt freshmen Trevone Boykin made the start for TCU in Pachall’s place.
Iowa State made a dressing room decision before the game to start Jared Barnett under center for the struggling Steele Jantz. Barnett was effective going 12-21 for 183 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Barnett hit wide receiver Josh Lenz on the game’s fourth play resulting in a 51 yard touchdown catch and run that put the Cyclones up 7-0 less than two minutes into the game. Iowa State fed off that early energy and never trailed in the contest.
Boykin was one of 14 TCU Horned Frogs to make his first career start this season. He threw for 270 yards on 23-40 passing but gave up three interceptions to the Cyclones in the loss. Boykin had one touchdown pass and contributed 63 yards rushing while making the freshman mistakes that will get a team beat, and TCU did get beat.
“You look at this one and you know how we got beat.” TCU coach Gary Patterson said after the game. “You can’t give up big plays on defense and you can’t give them the ball on offense.”
Lenz proved to be the difference for the Cyclones, scoring three times as a receiver and throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Ernst Brun. Lenz finished the day with five catches for 147 yards and one pass for a fifteen yard touchdown on a reverse pass. “I told you guys all week what he (ISU Head Coach Paul Rhoads) does when he goes on the road.” said Patterson. “He has some special stuff because you have to find a way to take games. Even with all of that we just can’t turn the ball over.”
TCU was also without running back Matthew Tucker who suffered a sprained ankle last week at SMU. “His ankle just wasn’t ready so we went with B.J. Catalon and Aundre Dean,” Patterson said. Catalon fumbled twice on the day adding to TCU’s five total turnovers. “We hadn’t played B.J. Catalon much,” said Patterson, “The guys that we had problems with on turnovers had not played in ball games.”
TCU cut the Iowa State lead to 30-23 with 7:51 left to play, when Cyclones defensive end David Irving intercepted a Boykin pass and returned it 20 yards for the game’s final score.
After the game Patterson said that he would be meeting with TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini to discuss the future of Casey Pachall at the University. The Horned Frogs travel to Baylor to take on the Bears next Saturday at 6 pm.
Iowa State will be home to Kansas State.
- TCU dropped its first conference game since a 13-10 decision at Utah on Nov. 6, 2008 in the Mountain West. It was the Horned Frogs’ first conference home loss since a 27-20 defeat to Utah on Oct.18, 2007.
- TCU is now 58-8 at Amon G. Carter Stadium under Gary Patterson.
- TCU scored at least 20 points for the 31st straight game, the longest streak in the nation for scoring at least 20 points.
- Josh Boyce’s six receptions give him 117 in his career, moving him past Andre Davis (114, 1992-95) and into 10th place on TCU’s all-time list. He also extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 25 games.
- TCU running back Waymon James (torn right ACL) had surgery to repair the ligament on Sept. 28. He is expected to make a full recovery but is not expected to go through 2013 spring workouts.
- Today’s attendance of 42,152 snapped a streak of 10 consecutive sellouts for TCU.
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