It was a whiteout affair at Amon Carter Stadium for Saturday’s Family Weekend get together with the TCU Horned Frogs and Golden Gophers of Minnesota.
It was also the first time these two teams met since a meeting 40 years ago in Minneapolis, which TCU lost 9-7. This time, the result was quite different.
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With a crowd of 43,958 at Amon Carter Stadium TCU wasted no time getting on the board after a beautiful return of a punt 46 yards by Cameron-Echols-Luper to place the Horned Frogs in great field position on the Gophers 18.
It only took three plays for Trevone Boykin to find Josh Doctson for a 13 yard touchdown to get TCU on the board first 7-0. A three play drive that took all of 35 seconds.
That lead would increase to 10-0 when Jaden Oberkrom would connect from 45 yards out .
While Minnesota stiffened somewhat defensively the rest of the 1st quarter TCU absolutely gave no mercy to Gophers Quarterback Mitch Leidner or to David Cobb on the ground.
After an interception by Derrick Kindred again put TCU in great field position Trevone Boykin would
then fire a seven yard pass toward the right corner of the end zone. Josh Doctson did the unthinkable when fully extending himself to make a spectacular one handed grab for another touchdown for a Horned Frog lead of 17-0.
The reaction from the student section was enough to drown out the opposition as Gophers fans were well represented in the north end of Amon Carter Stadium.
Another turnover by way of a David Cobb fumble (recovered by Paul Dawson) led to another scoring drive. 39 yards away from paydirt Trevone Boykin connected with Josh Doctson for 17 yards. Two rushes by Aaron Green moved TCU all the way to the goal line where BJ Catalon pushes the nose of the football across for a Horned Frogs score and a 24-0 lead.
Total yards after 30 minutes favored TCU by a 219-111 count as the route was on.
Jaden Oberkom would connect from 37 and 45 yards in the 3rd period to make it a 30-0 lead before the Gophers got on the board with 10:56 left in the game when backup quarterback Chris Streveler found Maxx Williams for a 12 yard touchdown and 30-7 was your final score.
Defensively TCU created four turnovers which led to scoring opportunities. Paul Dawson was in beast mode with 15 tackles (six assisted) to lead all Horned Frogs players. Derrick Kindred had eight tackles while Marcus Mallet added another eight.
Trevone Boykin did it in the air and on the ground. 12 carries for 96 yards and another 258 on a 27 for 46 night passing. Josh Doctson led all receivers with six catches for 64 yards.
Minnesota’s Mitch Leidner was a paltry 12 for 26 for 151 yards and three interceptions. David Cobb the leading rusher for Minnesota with 44 yards on 15 carries.
TCU improves to 2-0 and enjoys another bye week before taking on SMU in Dallas on September 27th.