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TCU Offensive Preview: Beware the Boykin

This is where the Pokes either put on their big boy chaps, or pay for the mistakes.

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Well, it is the second half of the season, which means this is when things get serious. If the Cowboys want to continue the quest for a Big 12 title, they'll have to first face the formidable Frogs from Ft. Worth.

The Texas Christian Horned Frogs, after a narrow loss in Waco, will be looking to bounce back this week in their own home. They are led by double-threat quarterback Trevone Boykin, who has completed 120 of 208 passes (averaging 292.6 yards per game), scoring 11 touchdowns with only two interceptions. He's also not afraid to tuck-and-run, so to speak. Boykin has rushed for 365 yards on 69 attempts with three touchdowns, an average of 61 yards per game.

Boykin is aided in the run game by B.J. Catalon, 288 yards on 59 attempts with six touchdowns and an average of 53.6 YPG, and Aaron Green, 190 yards on 23 attempts with one TD and an average of 37.6 YPG. The entire rushing unit averages a combined 184.8 YPG, so the Cowboy defensive line will need to be strong as adamantium (X-Men anyone?) to stay up to task.

The flip side of the Horned Frogs' equal-weight offense is an air attack. Boykin likes to spread his passes across the board, showing all his teammates some love. However, heavy targets are Josh Doctson, 11.3 YPC and three touchdowns, and Deante Gray, 10.9 YPC and three touchdowns. The receiving corps averages 12.5 YPC and 325.2 YPG, calling down a tall order for the Pokes' secondary.

All in all, the Horned Frogs are a tough task for the young Cowboys, but not everything is against Boys in Orange. TCU has committed 13 fumbles, losing five of them. The Poke defense will still have to be on the top of their game and not repeat the lackluster (and hopefully outlier) performance in Lawrence. If they get back to the strengthened status of Spencer's defensive schemes, the Cowboys can very well pull off the upset in Cowtown.