The TCU offense easily moved the ball but had to settle for field goals in a dominant first half.
The TCU Horned Frogs lead Michigan State 13-0 at the half on Saturday night in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Arizona.
TCU dominated with big plays through the air and a suffocating defense, yet failed to build a hefty lead when the offense stalled deep inside Spartan territory. Michigan State was held to just 71 total yards in the first half, including just 28 yards passing on 13 attempts, while managing three first downs in more than 14 minutes of possession time.
The Horned Frogs offense and quarterback Trevone Boykin used big plays to quickly move the ball, including a 61 yard catch and run by receiver Josh Boyce in the second quarter. Both times, however, TCU stalled and was forced to settle for a field goal and walk away with only a 13-point lead at the half.
Boykin is 6-of-14 for 136 yards and one interception in the half, with running back Matthew Tucker managing 26 yards on seven carries and one touchdown.