In the first full game without senior starting quarterback Casey Pachall, the TCU Horned Frogs suffered a tough loss on the road to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. In a game that looked to be in the Horned Frogs’ favor talent-wise, the Red Raiders took advantage of mistakes and held the TCU offense in check — for most of the game.
Pachall, a veteran leader of this team, has been sidelined for a couple months following the break of his non-throwing arm in the team’s second game of the season. This left sophomore Trevone Boykin to fill in once again for the absent Pachall. The sophomore also filled in last season as a freshman when Pachall left the team due to substance abuse issues.
The team went 3-6 with Boykin as the starter, but the record doesn’t really show how productive the young quarterback really was. He proved to be a dual-threat that added an extra dimension to the offense, but had a few tough breaks that led to tough losses. He looked to be gaining some experience by starting nine games in his freshman season, but he had no one to take him under their wing and that seemed to hurt Boykin.
With Pachall back, it was looking as if TCU and head coach Gary Patterson had a solid veteran starter for 2013 and he could teach Boykin how to be an elite passer in order for him to adequately take over the role in 2014. However, that is not the case anymore with Pachall out once again.
Traveling on the road into hostile territory with a young quarterback hurt this team mightily, especially because TCU began the season believing that Pachall would be the guy, not really encouraging Boykin to challenge for the starting job.
Boykin seemed less confident and that was a large reason the team lost in Lubbock. Although he completed a good percentage of his passes, Boykin made two costly errors with his two interceptions and looked frazzled at times.
This would have been the perfect opportunity to insert a veteran quarterback and watch him thrive under pressure. Boykin will need to grow up in a hurry — only tougher games will ensue.