Texas Tech freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield wanted to be Texas Christian freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield. He only wanted to go to one school when he graduated from High School, and that was TCU. He waited and waited and waited for an offer that never came before he enrolled at Texas Tech and walked on to the team. In a rare feat, he won the starting QB job as a walk-on freshman and entered Thursday night’s game against TCU with seven TDs and zero interceptions in two starts and won both games.
TCU starting quarterback Casey Pachall broke his left arm against Southeastern Louisiana, which led to the Horned Frogs searching for a QB and Mayfield licking his lips at this opportunity. TCU turned to sophomore Trevone Boykin, who played a lot in 2012 and threw 15 TDs with 10 Interceptions.
On Thursday night, neither team could get much going on offense. The final score was 20-10 after a shootout last year that produced a triple-OT game with a final score of 56-53. Neither quarterback played very well and Mayfield was hurt before the end of the game. Mayfield ended up going 21-of-40 with 216 yards for one TD and three interceptions. Boykin went 23-for-36 with 194 yards, zero TDs and two Interceptions. Boykin showed his ability to be a duel-threat QB by rushing for over 100 yards, but wasn’t able to throw from the pocket like Pachall.
When Mayfield left the game, the game was tied 10-10 and backup QB Davis Webb led them on two scoring drives to put the game away. While Mayfield would have loved to be the one to beat TCU, he can take solace in knowing that his team is 3-0, and TCU is 1-2 and endangered of not making a bowl game this year. TCU may not feel like they made a mistake yet, but if Mayfield continues to progress, this could be the decision that costs Gary Patterson his job.