TCU holds the nation’s No. 1 offense in check as they lead Oklahoma State 14-9. OSU, averaging 605 yards a game on the season, was held to just 211 yards in the first half, 10 first downs and three field goals. The Horned Frogs had two takeaways, including one that turned into the game’s opening score.
Elisha Olabode gave the defense a big momentum swing in the first quarter with an interception that turned into an 11-yard touchdown. In the next play, Kevion Gamble forced a fumble which kicker Jaden Oberkrom recovered.
Running back Joseph Randle, who averaged more than 125 yards per game on the ground this season, was held to 66 yards in the game.
TCU has done well against traditional plays; however, trick plays and misdirections have given OSU ample amounts of yards.
A flea flicker to Austin Hayes gave the Cowboys field position in the red zone. If it weren’t for a holding penalty, Oklahoma State would have had a touchdown with a Joseph Randle 20-yard running back pass. Play actions plays have worked for Wes Lunt, as he has found 30+ yard completions to his receivers.
Offensively, the Horned Frogs have been out of sync. Trevone Boykin has thrown wobbly passes to the side and overthrown receivers deep. Drops by Cam White and Josh Boyce haven’t helped TCU either.
Boykin is 11-22 on the game, with 107 yards and one touchdown. LaDarius Brown is the leading receiver for TCU, with 51 yards and a touchdown.
From the ground, if BJ Catalon's 46-yard run is not counted, TCU running backs are running for an average of less than 2 yards per carry.
Other than that run by Catalon and a 20-yard touchdown reception by LaDarius Brown, TCU has yet to muster a big offensive play to fuel a drive.
Ethan Perry has punted six times for the Horned Frogs, twice in the 20.