Horned Frogs' Offense is Well-Received
Sept. 1, 2014
TCU Athletics Media Relations
From TCU head football coach Gary Patterson to quarterback Trevone Boykin to wide receiver Kolby Listenbee, the feeling of the Frogs' new uptempo offense was positive following TCU's 48-14 season-opening victory over Samford Saturday night.
The trio also agreed, however, there is still work to do to get even better before hosting Minnesota Sept. 13.
"We need to keep going faster with the offense," Patterson said. "We need to get the ball to the officials and get it out quicker. I told them before the game that all I care about is a win."
"The speed helped us out because it's hard for the defense to get lined up," said Boykin, who completed 29-of-41 passes for 320 yards and two scores. "We eventually want to get faster."
In all, Boykin and fellow quarterback Matt Joeckel completed 33-of-50 passes for 355 yards and three scores in the win over the Bulldogs.
"It's a really big blessing having that offense because it's more speed-oriented," said Listenbee, who recorded three catches for 76 yards and two scores in his first career start. "Last year we ran the ball a lot and ran screens, but this year we're attacking downfield as well as running the ball."
Listenbee was one of eight Frog receivers with two catches or more and one of 13 receivers to record at least one catch. Ty Slanina led the Frogs with six receptions for 60 yards, while David Porter and Deante' Gray added five for 54 and four for 37, respectively.
"The guy who is out there is going to make a play no matter who it is," Boykin said.
Boykin's 29 completions were a career high and his 320 yards were just 12 yards shy of a career-high that he set against Texas Tech in 2012.
"We have a fast-paced offense and we were moving the ball really quick -- throwing the ball, running the ball," Listenbee said. "We were able to catch the defense off guard."
Six players -- including the two signal-callers -- had at least one carry in the 200-yard rushing attack. Trevorris Johnson and B.J. Catalon recorded 43 yards apiece and one touchdown each, while Kyle Hicks added 38 yards.
"I'm happy but not satisfied," Boykin said. "I see a lot of good things coming out of it. Guys are making plays all over the place. We have a young, talented team."