No. 2 TCU outlasts Minnesota 23-17


Sept. 03, 2015

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The second-ranked Horned Frogs entered this season with high aspirations, and the Golden Gophers showed them just how difficult that pursuit is going to be.

Trevone Boykin threw for 246 yards, completing 26 of 42 passes, and a touchdown and ran for 92 yards and another score to help the Horned Frogs outlast Minnesota 23-17 on Thursday night.

"If you had your perfect ballgame so everybody learns a lesson, this would be it," Patterson said. "Because we found out it's not going to be easy."

Jaden Oberkrom made three field goals, including a 53-yarder, and Josh Doctson had eight catches for 74 yards and a touchdown for TCU.

Mitch Leidner was 19 for 35 for 197 yards for Minnesota. His touchdown pass to K.J. Maye with 1:32 left pulled the Gophers within a touchdown, but Doctson recovered the ensuing onside kick to enable TCU to hang on.

The Gophers visited Fort Worth last year, losing 30-7 to a team that wound up averaging 46.5 points per game and winning a Big 12 title.

Boykin showed just enough flashes of electricity to walk out a winner, especially when he dusted a Golden Gopher with a nifty juke to turn a keeper into a 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that gave TCU a 17-3 lead.

The Gophers opened the game with five punts and a fumble by Leidner on a sack from Terrell Lathan that set up Boykin's 11-yard TD pass to Doctson.

The Horned Frogs' biggest question entering the season was on defense after losing six of their top seven tacklers from last year's unit. They also were missing sack leader James McFarland and senior defensive tackle Davion Pierson, who did not play due to injuries. The inexperienced defense responded by forcing five punts in the first six possessions.

"It just gives us a lot of confidence in what we can do," said defensive end Josh Carraway, who recovered Leidner's fumble. "It just gives us energy that we can build on."

 

 

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