TCU vs. Virginia Game Notes 9/22/2012

by Todd K | Posted on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

by Jeff Johnson

Boyce is Best

Josh Boyce caught a simple 6-yard touchdown reception on a crossing route with 9:43 in the second quarter Saturday at Amon G. Carter stadium in Fort Worth, but with that reception he became the career leader in receiving touchdowns at TCU. The touchdown was his 18th of his career breaking the previous record of 17 held by Cory Rodgers (2003-2005) and Mike Renfro (1974-1977). Boyce, the junior from Copperas Cove, has been extremely production in his two seasons at TCU having already recorded five career 100-yard receiving games since his arrival in 2010. With most of this season and all of next year remaining, Boyce could put this record nearly out of reach for future Frog receivers.

Running Game

When TCU lost starting running back Wayman James last week to a knee injury, a lot of questions surrounded the TCU rushing attack. Saturday against Virginia, the Horned Frogs did nothing to ease the fears of the TCU faithful. Unable to establish any consistent running attack, TCU relied on the arm of Casey Pachall to lead them to victory against the Cavaliers. But, the question lingers, can TCU have sustained success in the Big 12 without a rushing attack? On Saturday, TCU rushed 30 times for 134 yards, but 42 of those yards came on one run by reserve QB Trevone Boykin. Leading rusher Matthew Tucker had 52 yards on 15 carries only averaging 3.5 yards per carry. Without a successful rushing attack the Horned Frogs will rely heavily on Pachall and their defense during their inaugural season in the Big 12.

Sloppy Frogs

Gary Patterson coached teams have a reputation for being defensive minded and very disciplined. We saw half of that reputation on display Saturday against the Cavaliers in the stingy defense, but the discipline was uncharacteristically absent. Patterson’s Horned Frogs were penalized 12 times for a total of 103 yards including a costly unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that killed a drive late in the third quarter when Matt Tucker dropped a screen pass and then slammed the football into the turf prompting the penalty. Special teams play wasn’t immune to the sloppiness as they suffered three block in the back penalties that negated nice returns for the Horned Frogs.

Cain has career day

TCU linebacker Kenny Cain had two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Virginia on Saturday to triple his previous career total of one. His first interception came in the second quarter as Virginia was driving on TCU and had reached the TCU 33 yard line. Cain intercepted the Michael Rocco pass on the 23-yard line and returned it 16 yards to the TCU 39 yard line. This interception stopped what was the first real threat the Cavaliers had presented the Horned Frogs in the game to that point. His second interception was off a tipped ball in the 3rd quarter at the TCU 29 yard line that he returned 40 yards to set up a TCU field goal.

Tough Defense

Coming into the game against Virginia, the TCU defense had not allowed a touchdown in 2012 and in its last nine quarters dating back to the 2011 Poinsetta Bowl. The defense was stingy again on Saturday, but the Cavaliers found the end zone with 4:22 left in the fourth quarter on a Phillip Simms touchdown pass to E.J. Scott, thus ending their streak at 12 quarters of touchdown free football.

Highlight Reel

Wide Receiver Brandon Carter had five receptions for 128 yards on Saturday, but two of those catches were spectacular one handed grabs over his shoulder that sparked the TCU offense. Both of the one-handed receptions were on post routes that Carter made look easy despite the acrobatic nature of each. His first circus catch was a 68-yard touchdown that broke a scoreless tie in the first quarter. The second was almost identical to the first (minus the touchdown) on a 43-yard reception. Brandon Carter has topped 100 yards in receiving in TCU’s last two road games.

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