The TCU Horned Frogs Look to Settle the Score Against Texas Tech After Last Season’s Overtime Thriller
In a rematch of what may have been the most exciting Big 12 Conference game of 2012, the TCU Horned Frogs will be in Lubbock Thursday night to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders. This will be the first Thursday night prime time game for the Big 12 under the new television agreement and should prove to worthy of the honor. If the game is anywhere near as exciting as Texas Tech’s 56-53 triple overtime win over TCU in Ft. Worth last season the remainder of ESPN’s Thursday night schedule can only hope to live up to the drama.
The 24th ranked Horned Frogs (1-1, 0-0) head west to face the Red Raiders (2-0, 0-0) after losing their starting quarterback, Casey Pachall, to an arm injury, but earning their first win of the 2013 season 38-17 over Southeastern Louisiana. TCU began the season with a 37-27 loss to LSU in the Dallas Cowboys Kick-Off Classic. The Frogs were led to Saturday’s victory by back-up quarterback Trev0ne Boykin who replaced Pachall under center in the second quarter taking control of the TCU offense and the game itself running and throwing the Horned Frogs to victory.
Boykin began the game as a wide receiver and caught a team high three passes before taking the snaps and throwing for 133 yards and two second half touchdowns in relief of Pachall. Boykin started the final nine games for TCU last season after an arrest and suspension prematurely ended Pachall’s 2012 season. That will certainly help Boykin and the Horned Frogs as they prepare for an impressive Texas Tech team that has made easy work of SMU and Stephen F. Austin in Kliff Kingsbury’s inaugural season as a Head Coach.
The Red Raiders enter the game with walk on Freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield calling the signals and playing well. Mayfield threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns in the first half against the Lumberjacks in a 61-13 route of SFA. In two games Mayfield has 862 total yards. The Red Raiders are ranked 2nd in the nation in passing offense behind Mayfield but things should be a little tougher for the youngster Thursday night. TCU brings nine starters back from last year’s best defense in the Big 12 conference. Defensive standout Devonte Fields should see his first full game of action after serving a suspension that cost him playing time in TCU’s first two contests.
Both teams are looking to start Big 12 Conference play 1-0 with a victory Thursday night. Texas Tech is out to show the rest of the conference they will be a force to be dealt with by beating TCU. To do so, the Red Raiders will have to stop a three game losing streak in Big 12 home openers. Despite the loss to LSU and the injury to Pachall, the Horned Frogs still have hopes of winning the Big 12 title in just their second season as a member of the conference.
It should take all 60 minutes of regulation and perhaps some more bonus football between these two teams to decide this one. TCU enters the game as a six point favorite, but Jones Stadium in Lubbock is no easy place to play at night and will be filled with close to 60,000 Red Raider fans. The real winner could be ESPN who will certainly benefit from another fantastic shoot out between these two schools.