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TCU vs. Oklahoma State 2012: Horned Frog offense fades in defeat

The TCU offense started fast and faded faster in blowout loss to Oklahoma State.

Tom Pennington

After jumping to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Oklahoma State, the TCU Horned Frogs fell apart on both sides of the football, conceding 36 points without response in a 22-point loss. The TCU offense managed just 344 total yards, converted just two of fourteen third downs, and turned the ball over three times. Quarterback Trevone Boykin - filling in for suspended starter Casey Pachall - was just 21-for-40 for 185 yards passing.

On the defensive side of the ball, TCU allowed Oklahoma State halfback Joseph Randle to run 32 times for 126 yards and a touchdown. Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt threw for 324 yards and a touchdown, as well.

At Frogs o' War, the offense came under fire:

TCU failed to capitalize on its early success. Two possessions in Okie State territory on each side of the Olabode interception of Lunt resulted in no points, as the Frogs went backwards after recovering a fumble on a kickoff return. Think the game turns out differently if TCU's lead was 21-0 or 20-0? Absolutely. As it was, the offense found rhythm about twice in the game, once with Boykin working the outside routes to man of the match Ladarius Brown and once driving late, only to be taken out of rhythm by a false start penalty (a persistent issue this season).

The loss drops TCU to 2-3 in their first Big 12 campaign, and 5-3 overall. The schedule only gets more difficult from here: TCU faces West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas, and Oklahoma in its final four games.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.