1. How will Trevone Boykin respond to being the number one guy at quarterback?
Answer: Boykin was 22-for-30 passing for 261 yards and four touchdowns. It appeared the full week of preparation helped the redshirt freshman prepare for his second start. Boykin led a TCU offense that took care of the football, not committing a single turnover in the game for the first time this season. Boykin was in control and able to spread the ball around on offense, as eight different TCU players recorded receptions in the game.
2. How will each team handle the memory of last year’s 51-48 Baylor win in Waco?
Answer: The Frogs were able to put last year’s loss in the rear view mirror, and play what offensive guard Blaize Foltz called their best game of the year. Baylor fans packed the stadium and created a game day environment similar to that of last year’s game, but the Horned Frogs avoided falling behind early to come away with the win. The Bears had to play from behind for the final three quarters, which is something they didn’t have to do the last time the two teams met. Baylor was unable to create the same momentum as the 2011 matchup in Waco, whereas it seemed that the memory only motivated the Frogs on Saturday.
3. Can TCU make a statement in a rivalry game?
Answer: TCU deferred the opening kickoff and surrendered a 74-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. After the early 7-0 deficit, however, TCU took control of the game. The Frogs entered halftime with a 14-7 lead and kept their foot on the gas through the second half. TCU scored 35 points in the final two quarters, including 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The win broke a tie in the all-time series with Baylor, giving the Horned Frogs a 51-50-7 record in head-to-head matchups with the Bears.
4. Will TCU’s defense be able to keep this game from being a shootout?
Answer: One way to prevent a shootout game against a high-powered offense is to create turnovers, and the Frogs did just that. TCU recorded four interceptions and recovered two fumbles in the game. Outside of two passes from Nick Florence to Terrence Williams, the Frogs were able to shut down the Baylor offense. The Bears couldn’t get a consistent running game going, gaining just over three yards per carry in the game.
5. Will Matt Tucker be at full strength?
Answer: Tucker did not appear to be at full strength. He was healthy enough to get the start, but only carried the ball four times for 21 yards and did not play most of the game. However, the “running back-by-committee” approach generated offense for the Frogs, as the team gained 248 yards on the ground. Freshman B.J. Catalon and senior Aundre Dean shared the responsibility at tailback, and the running game was supplemented by Boykin’s 56 rushing yards on 16 carries. Seven different Horned Frogs carried the ball Saturday. If Tucker’s absence continues, the Frogs will have to rely on mixing up the looks out of the backfield to continue to be a threat on the ground and keep the pressure off of Boykin in the passing game.