The TCU Horned Frogs begin playing football in a new conference and rebuilt stadium
The TCU Horned Frogs began the 2012 season in record fashion Saturday night beating the Grambling State Tigers 56-0. The game was played at the $164 million rebuilt Amon G. Carter Stadium, and was the first TCU played as a long-awaited member of the Big 12 Conference.
TCU dominated play, scoring on special teams, offense and defense in the games’ first minutes to take a 21-0 lead. Quarterback Casey Pachall only played the first half of the game completing all nine of his pass attempts for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Pachall hit Josh Boyce for two of those touchdowns, putting the Frogs up 42-0 at halftime.
Quarterback Trevone Boykin took over for Pachall in the second half and was perfect (8-8) passing himself. Pachall and Boykin were a combined (17-17) passing, which set a record for most team pass attempts without an incompletion in a NCAA FBS game. The previous high was 12-12 set by Iowa in 2002. Boykin ran for a 34 yard touchdown and threw a seven yard touchdown pass to David Bush with 2:10 seconds left in the third quarter to end the scoring.
The win was Gary Patterson’s school record 110th as he passed Dutch Meyer on the all-time list. TCU presented Patterson with a crystal trophy after the game to recognize the accomplishment. “To be here is kind of amazing, to be a part of where you’re going into a new conference and the opportunity to be a part of a new stadium,” Patterson said after the game. “And to get a chance to follow a legend and break that record is obviously pretty neat. It may not sink in, we’ve got too much in front of us.”
TCU’s defense was stifling. The Tigers managed just 70 yards of total offense and five first downs. It was the 10th shutout of Patterson’s career and gave the Horned Frogs a nine game winning streak which is currently the nation’s longest.
TCU will play its first Big 12 conference game at Kansas next Saturday. The Horned Frogs have not lost to a conference opponent in their last 24 games. In his post game press conference, Patterson recalled how far the TCU program has come in his 11 seasons, the people who have influenced him and how important the city of Fort Worth is to he and his family.
- Boykin’s 34-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter was the first rushing score by a TCU quarterback since Matt Brown’s touchdown run in the 2011 regular-season finale against UNLV.
- Elisha Olabode’s 28-yard interception return for a touchdown was his first career pick and the first interception for a score by a Horned Frog since Kris Gardner’s 16-yard return against UNLV on Dec. 3, 2011. It was the first pick for a touchdown by a TCU safety since Colin Jones went 30 yards at UNLV on Oct. 30, 2010.
- True freshman Deante’ Gray set a TCU single-game record with 160 punt return yards on just five attempts. The previous mark of 146 yards on seven returns was set by Lindy Berry versus Miami in 1947.
- Gray returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown on his first collegiate touch. It came just 1:59 into the game and after a three-and-out on Grambling State’s opening series. Gray had the first punt return for a touchdown by a Horned Frog since Jeremy Kerley went 69 yards against Colorado State on Oct. 17, 2009.
- TCU won at home for the 27th time in its last 28 games and improved to 57-7 under Gary Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium.