Remember the Season: 2015 Football in Review
Feb. 1, 2016
By Jay Hinton
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU's 31-point comeback in its 47-41 triple-overtime win over Oregon in the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl was a microcosm of the Frogs' 11-2 season.
In addition to the Bram Kohlhausen-led record-setting bowl performance, the Frogs went down to the wire to win 55-52 with "The Catch" at Texas Tech; "The Drive" in a 52-45 win at Kansas State; "The Pick" in the 23-17 win over Kansas; and "The Stop" in the 28-21 double-overtime win over Baylor in a Fort Worth deluge.
Although TCU head coach Gary Patterson and the Frogs won 11 games for the eighth time in the last 11 years and finished seventh in the final AP poll for their fifth top-10 finish in the last eight years, many are calling the 2015 season Patterson's best coaching feat yet.
"If you just look at all the things we've had to do -- with all the players that have been out -- it's been outstanding," Patterson told ESPN's Brandon Chatmon. "It's been a whole building success story. Nobody lost faith in what's been going on. The key to it is that we aren't going to make excuses. We'll play and let the chips fall and go about our business."
In addition to playing at any given time during the season with 10 defensive starters out, the Frogs had 15 players make their first career starts (second behind UCF's 16) and 15 true freshmen and 15 redshirt freshmen played (second behind Rice's 31).
"Last year we had a great team and this season we came in and lost guys each and every week so it was kind of dragging us down," TCU senior safety Derrick Kindred told EPSN. "But, at the same time, it was picking us up to encourage one another. This season is more memorable because everyone fought harder to get where we are."
Defensively, in the second half and overtimes of the last nine games, the Frogs allowed just 69 points. For the year, the Frogs finished third in the nation in three-and-outs per game (5.6).
The Frogs had their fair share of injuries on the offensive side of the ball as well, but they finished the season ranked third in the nation and third in the Big 12 in total offense (562.8 yards per game); sixth in first down offense (358); seventh in scoring offense (42.1); and eighth in passing offense (347.5).
Senior quarterback Trevone Boykin exits TCU with a degree and six notable career records, which were once held by Andy Dalton: career TD passes (86); career passing yards (10,728); career competitions (830); career pass attempts (1,356); career total offense (12,777); and touchdowns responsible for (114).
Also, senior wide receiver Josh Doctson, who missed all or parts of five games due to injury, set the school record for career receiving TDs (29) and career receiving yards (2,785), and he was one catch shy (180) of tying the career receptions record.
TCU 23, MINNESOTA 17 (Sept. 3): At Minneapolis, the second of three Jaden Oberkrom field goals proved to be the game-winner in the season opener when he drilled the 45-yarder with 36 seconds left in the third quarter. He drilled a 53-yarder to open the scoring and nailed 33-yarder with 7:33 left in the game.
TCU 70, SFA 7 (Sept. 12): At Fort Worth, the Frogs scored 63 unanswered points behind Boykin, who threw for 285 yards and Trevorris Johnson, who rushed for 71, and Kolby Listenbee, who hauled in six catches for 142 yards.
TCU 56, SMU 37 (Sept. 19): At Fort Worth, Boykin threw for 454 yards and five touchdowns, including a 42-yarder to Doctson after the Mustangs had cut the lead to five with less than seven minutes left in the game. The Frogs tallied 720 yards total offense in their 11th consecutive win.
TCU 55, TEXAS TECH 52 (Sept. 26): At Lubbock, Aaron Green hauled in a tipped ball in the back of the end zone with 23 seconds left to lead the Frogs to the come-from-behind victory in the shootout with the Red Raiders. Boykin threw for a career-high 509 yards and four scores. Doctson recorded a career-high 18 catches for a career-high 267 yards and three touchdowns. Green went over the 100-yard mark with 162 yards on 28 carries.
TCU 50, TEXAS 7 (Oct. 3): At Fort Worth, Boykin became TCU's all-time leader in touchdowns passes (72) with five tossing scores, while Doctson became the all-time leader in career touchdown catches (22) with two TD catches. In recording their 13th straight win, the Frogs led 37-0 at the half and 47-0 late in the fourth quarter. Boykin finished with 332 yards, while KaVontae Turpin (138), who scored four times against the Longhorns, and Doctson (129) went over 100 yards receiving.
TCU 52, KANSAS STATE 45 (Oct. 10): At Manhattan, Kansas, the Frogs scored 21 fourth-quarter points, including a 55-yard pass from Boykin to Doctson with 1:10 left for the game-winner. TCU running back scored in an 86-yard run on the first play of the game. Boykin (124) and Green (121) topped the 10-yard mark, while Doctson recorded 155 yards on eight catches.
TCU 45, IOWA STATE 21 (Oct. 17): At Ames, Iowa, the Frogs trailed 21-14 at the end of the first quarter but scored 31 unanswered points to post the road win. Boykin completed 27 of 32 passes for 436 yards and four scores. Doctson tallied 10 catches for 190 yards and Listenbee added six catches for 101 yards.
NO. 3 TCU 40, WEST VIRGINIA 10 (Oct. 29): At Fort Worth, the Frogs held the Mountaineers scoreless in the second half en route to the 30-point win. Boykin, who became the all-time leader in total offense, completed 33-of-48 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns, while Doctson hauled in eight catches for 184 yards.
NO. 14 OKLAHOMA STATE 49, NO. TCU 29 (Nov. 7): At Stillwater, Oklahoma, Boykin threw for 445 yards and ran for 73 more in the Frogs' first loss of the season, which also snapped a 16-game winning streak. The Frogs tallied 663 yards total offense. Green rushed for 97 yards for the Frogs while Shaun Nixon recorded nine catches for 146 yards and Turpin had seven catches for 107 yards.
NO. 15 TCU 23, KANSAS 17 (Nov. 14): At Fort Worth, Nixon hauled in a 42-yard pass from Foster Sawyer, who was playing for Boykin, who was injured early in the game, and Oberkrom drilled a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to hold off the Jayhawks.
NO. 7 OKLAHOMA 30, NO. 18 TCU 29 (Nov. 21): At Norman, Oklahoma, the Frogs' two-point attempt to win the game with less than a minute remaining was batted down as TCU suffered its second loss of the season. The Frogs trailed 23-7 at the half. In the Frogs' 16-point fourth quarter, Turpin hauled in an 86-yard pass from Kohlhausen, Oberkrom drilled a 43-yard field goal and Emanuel Porter caught a 14-yard strike from Kohlhausen to pull the Frogs to within a point. Green led the Frogs with 127 yards rushing on 24 carries.
NO. 15 TCU 28, NO. 7 Baylor 21 2 OT (Nov. 27): At Fort Worth, the Frogs prevailed in a driving rainstorm when Ty Summers and Julius Lewis combined to stuff a Baylor run for no gain on a 4th-and-1 rush in the second overtime. Trevone Boykin had a 1-yard scoring run in the first overtime before connecting with KaVontae Turpin on an 8-yard touchdown pass in the second overtime for the game-winning score. A stingy Horned Frogs defense held the Bears to just 62 yards passing and 335 in total offense. Josh Carraway returned a Baylor fumble 56 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
VALERO ALAMO BOWL
FOLLOW THE FROGS
M Basketball @TCUBasketball
W Basketball @TCUWbasketball
M Golf @TCUMensGolf
W Golf @TCUWomensGolf
Swimming & Diving @TCUswimdive
M Tennis @TCUMensTennis
W Tennis @TCUWomensTennis
Track & Field @TCUTrackField
Beach Volleyball @TCUBeachVB