TCU Horned Frogs 10-0-10-3 — 23
Minnesota Golden Gophers 0-3-7-7 — 17
It was not a dominant performance but TCU survived Minnesota and came away with a 23-17 victory. Trevone Boykin had a good start to the season. He passed for 246 yards, 1 touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Questions have surrounded the inexperienced defense, but they had a solid first performance.
Minnesota played well, but could not do enough to come out on top. They scored a late touchdown to pull within a touchdown of TCU. They attempted an onside kick but were not able to recover.
Here are the key storylines from the game:
TCU Scored First Touchdown of the Game
The TCU defense forced a fumble and recovered it. A few plays later Trevone Boykin threw a touchdown pass to Josh Doctson to give TCU an early 10-0 lead. It looked as though TCU would run away with the game at this point.
Minnesota Stayed With TCU the Whole Game
TCU jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead, but Minnesota hung around. TCU had some missed opportunities like the one above, but the Minnesota defense also played well against what can be a really explosive offense.
Trevone Boykin Ran for a 3rd Quarter Touchdown
Boykin rushed for a 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The touchdown gave TCU a 17-3 lead. Minnesota needed to respond to stay in the game. This play accounted for part of Boykin’s 92 rushing yards on the night. The Heisman hopeful had a good first game of the season.
Minnesota Had Two Touchdown Drives
The Minnesota defense intercepted Trevone Boykin which led to Minnesota’s first touchdown drive of the game. Running back Rodney Smith ran the ball in for the 1-yard touchdown.
Late in the fourth quarter, Minnesota’s K.J. Maye caught a 22-yard touchdown pass. After a failed onside kick attempt, TCU had a 3-and-out and punted the ball. Minnesota received the ball with 26 seconds remaining but could not capitalize on it.
After barely missing the College Football Playoff last season, TCU gets back on the field and travels to Minnesota as both teams kick off their season. Keep it here for live score updates, stats, highlights and analysis during tonight’s game.
Ironically, it was Minnesota that almost helped send TCU into the College Football Playoff last season. The Horned Frogs played the Gophers last season and it was often used in conversation about strength of schedule. In large part, it was due to the solid season Minnesota had in 2014.
Minnesota went 8-5 last season while TCU finished 12-1. Heisman candidate Trevon Boykin is back at quarterback for the Horned Frogs and many expect TCU to be back in the mix for the College Football Playoff. The Horned Frogs will have to overcome an inexperienced defense to do so. TCU is likely to lean on their offense in 2015.
Keep it here for live score updates, stats, highlights and analysis during tonight’s game.