Boykin threw for 454 yards and five touchdowns, the last a 42-yard strike to Josh Doctson with 6 1/2 minutes left after SMU had gotten within five points, and TCU held on for a 56-37 victory Saturday night. The Mustangs are going at a faster pace under Morris, averaging 11 more offensive plays per game and scoring seven touchdowns, nearly halfway to the 15 they had all last season. But, Tre’s star shone brightest of all under the lights at AGS, as he accumulated over 500 yards of offense and six touchdowns on 21-30 passing and 11 rushing attempts.
TCU finished with 720 yards of total offense to SMU’s 508.
COMPARISON GAME: TCU and Baylor were snubbed for the first College Football Playoff last season, but are both expected to contend for one of those four spots this year.
None of it was wasted against SMU and Matt Davis, who had the Frogs’ defense on the run and scrambling to cover for more injuries.
SMU is playing two top-five opponents in the same season for the first time since 1974, when the Mustangs played No. 1 Ohio State and No. 5 Texas A&M…. Davis scored twice on the ground, the second following a Boykin interception and kicked Chad Hedlund nailed a 21-yard field goal to end the third.
How can I possibly say that about a 1-2 team that has lost by multiple touchdowns multiple times?
Boykin meantime has been on fire for TCU.
SMU struck back with a 64-yard pass from Davis to Malone on the opening play of the drive that put the Mustangs inside the TCU red zone. His lone touchdown pass came in the final seconds of the first half.
However, even with TCU ready to steamroll the Mustangs and SMU in rebuilding mode, you can feel the tension around the metroplex surrounding this game.
While SMU has some National Football League players to boot like Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley, and Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum, the quality of the Mustangs’ program hasn’t been quite the same as their cross-metroplex rivals.
Several big throws from Davis set up a 22-yard field goal on SMU’s next drive for a 10-7 advantage.
Does SMU really have what it takes to upset TCU on the road? Boykin’s 39-yard bomb to receiver Doctson led to Green’s short touchdown to make to 14-10.
The catch was the 17th TD reception of Doctson’s career, which moved him into a tie with Mike Renfro and Corey Rodgers for the second most career touchdown catches in TCU history, trailing only Josh Boyce.
Despite the 21-0 run, the Mustangs managed to take some momentum into the locker room.
Things got a little too close for comfort in the third quarter, but the TCU O did their thing when it counted to pull away late.