For five of them, that was their first career touchdown.
This win moves No. 3 TCU to 2-0 on the season and Stephen F. Austin (SFA) to 0-2.
Trevone Boykin set a new benchmark in Saturday’s win, surpassing 9,000 career yards on offense. That number makes him the nation’s active offensive leader.
He completed 18 of 27 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns. The quarterback threw one interception in the game.
TCU’s head coach Gary Patterson said he had to tell Boykin to slow down the game in the first half.
Three of the Frogs’ touchdowns in the first half took less than a minute off the clock.
Boykin connected with Kolby Listenbee for a 60-yard touchdown catch on a nine-second drive. Listenbee led the receivers with 142 yards.
TCU’s rushers combined for 224 yards. Senior Aaron Green proved key in the short, powerful plays. He needed just 20 yards to run in the team’s first two touchdowns.
The fans may not have returned after halftime, but the Frogs stayed in the game.
TCU’s offense averaged nearly eight yards per play Saturday, and non-starters played about a third of the game.
The Frogs’ offense went 8-for-8 in the red zone and combined for 627 yards.
Patterson said he used this game to give more of his players game action, both because of the high score and the number of injuries.
“We played a lot of people,” Patterson said. “I asked on a couple of them, ‘Is that guy eligible?’”
Bram Kohlhausen took over at quarterback in the middle of the third quarter. He threw a quick 39-yard pass to Emmanuel Porter, which left Kyle Hicks with just one yard to run for a touchdown.
Kohlhausen made seven completions for 112 yards and a touchdown before redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer came in at quarterback.
Many expected the Frogs’ experienced offense to perform well, but several question marks loomed over the defense.
Only three seniors started on the Frogs’ defense, and one of them, safety Kenny Iloka, was injured in the first quarter.
TCU’s defense still held the Lumberjacks to less than 200 yards. In the first half, SFA averaged 1.1 yards per play.
SFA’s starting quarterback, Zach Conque, made 11 completions for nine yards. The TCU defense sacked him four times before Hunter Taylor took over for the Lumberjacks.
Running back Loren Easly ran 75 yards in the fourth quarter to score SFA’s sole touchdown.
Patterson said he would rather give up one long run than keep his starters in and risk another injury.
He also said he thinks he found two solid linebackers in Travin Howard and Montrel Wilson. The duo led the Frogs with nine tackles each.
TCU will be home again next week to play Metroplex opponent Southern Methodist University on Saturday at 7 p.m.
With so much movement in the lineup early in the season, Patterson said the depth chart hurts most not in offense or defense, but in special teams. He said they’ll grow up the young players in practice.
“You practice harder than the game,” Patterson said.
The coach said the team is adjusting to the movement. He said for them, it’s one player in, one player out.
“It’ll be a wild ten games,” Patterson said. “But who would want it any different? Why have some ho-hum deal? Why not make it exciting?”