Posts Tagged ‘Josh Boyce’

TCU 2011 Preview: Offense

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Gary Patterson told SI.com that the way to have a good defense is to have a good offense.  No joke– the guru of defense gurus in college said,

“The biggest stat for me, as long as you are not giving up big plays, is the amount of plays that you are on the field. We have averaged less than 60 plays. … It is more of a team concept. … you have to be able to control the football and get people off the field. I have always felt like if you play a 60-play game and 30 of those plays you had a better call than what the offense did, then you are limiting them to 30 plays to be able to score and do things. The less time they spend on the field, the better.”

Sounds simple, when Andy Dalton, Jake Kirkpatrick, Marcus Cannon, Jeremy Kerley, and Jimmy Young are all on the field.  But with a new crew taking the reins, will TCU still be able control the football? (more…)

TCU 2011 Outlook– Passing Attack

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

The Purple Wimple preview of TCU, part one: the quarterbacks, receivers, and tight ends (o-line to be previewed with the running game, in the next post).  Take

Pachall did a lot more rushing than passing in 2010.

 

off the number one, leaving a single numeral four; add a couple inches, replace about a dozen pounds with tattoos; darken the hair and the facial expression, and there emerges from the shadow of Andy Dalton the visage of the heir apparent, redshirt sophomore Casey Pachall.  That’s Pah-hall, writes TCU’s sports information director, recognizing that, to date, few have paid a lick of attention to 2011′s gunslinging quarterback since his recruitment the 2008 season.  The Brownwood star drew offers from Notre Dame, Florida, Oklahoma (and, truthfully, Texas, but the shorthorns conveniently forgot about it when Pachall committed to TCU, of all places).  Pachall enrolled early at TCU, and quietly slipped off most radar screens.   (more…)

TCU slobberknocks Utah

Posted by    |    November 7th, 2010 at 1:50 am

And then the “Beat Baylor” Horned Frogs showed up, and the Utes looked every bit as bad against them as the Bears did.  Utah crossed midfield once– fifty minutes into the “game.”  Ute DE Christian Cox summed it up: “My bishop won’t be happy, but we got our ass kicked.”  No, Christian, he won’t be, and not because you cussed.

The quarterback duel was like a continuation of the ’09 meeting between Dalton and Wynn, only better for Dalton, and worse for Wynn.  Andy Dalton threw (arguably) the best game of his career, completing 80.8% of his passes to nine different receivers for 355 yards and 3 touchdowns.  His offensive line allowed zero sacks, and thoroughly thumped Utah’s defense.  The other quarterback on the field, Jordan Wynn, had an abysmal day, overthrowing receivers, throwing to the Horned Frogs, and generally looking out of his depth from the get-go.  Wynn’s line could not keep Frog defenders away from its quarterback.

Speaking of defense, the Frogs’ D was simply ferocious.  While sacking Jordan Wynn only once, TCU defenders were in his face all day, and when he did complete a pass, tackled with authority.  Tanner Brock was everywhere, including toting the rock for 57 yards, just a few steps shy of a score.  Also notable was D.J. Yendrey’s performance in the trenches in his second career start.  The sophomore could not be exploited for ground yards in Kelly Griffin’s absence.

Josh Boyce, Jimmy Young, and Jeremy Kerley were key pieces for the Frogs.  The trio combined for 15 catches, 278 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns and one touchdown pass.  Boyce’s 93-yard catch and scamper was the longest Frog play since early 2003, and the third-longest in TCU history.

And history is smiling on TCU.  When last playing for a Rose Bowl berth, Sam Baugh’s Frogs lost a nail-biter to SMU, in the depths of the Great Depression.  This year, the Frogs met their toughest challenge en route to Pasadena, and couldn’t have played a better game.  If the national championship is not available for the taking, the Grandaddy of Them All will be a splendid consolation.  Bring on the Buckeyes.

TCU 31, BYU 3

Posted by    |    October 21st, 2010 at 9:00 am

TCU linebackers Kenny Cain (51) and Tanner Brock (35) throttle a BYU ballcarrier. (Photo: Keith Robinson)

Clearly Bronco Mendenhall has learned the lesson of the F-Bowl: TCU lived and died in 2009 by its running game. “TCU was running it about 270 yards a game [in 2010] and we did not want to allow them to be multi-dimensional…I think we played the run effectively. We could not allow them to be two dimensional.”  (more…)