Someone needs to alert Texas Tech to the fact that you are supposed to play defense in college football, especially against one of the sport's young studs.
Apparently the Red Raiders didn't get that memo, because they were shellacked by the TCU Horned Frogs to the tune of a final scoreboard reading "82-27."
At the helm of TCU's suddenly dominant offense was junior quarterback Trevone Boykin, who threw for a school-record seven touchdowns to pair with 433 yards through the air.
The win was made all the worse for Texas Tech because one of its former coaches was leading the onslaught against the team. That would be Sonny Cumbie, the Horned Frogs' co-offensive coordinator who had spent the previous four years as an assistant with the Red Raiders.
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High-flying first quarter
Early on, TCU was unable to be stopped. But that seemed manageable, because neither could the Texas Tech offense.
It was, after all, Red Raiders running back Kenny Williams who took a pass 57 yards for the first score of the game. It was a precursor to a game full of big plays — there were five touchdowns of more than 50 yards between the two teams.
Still, the Red Raiders stayed competitive in the first quarter, trailling only 24-17 as the early frame ended.
It wouldn't stay that way for long.
Dominant on both sides
For many years, the Horned Frogs were best known for their stout defensive game. Even with their move to the notoriously pass-happy Big 12, that has remained true for the most part — the team is 31st in the country for points against defense, allowing 21.6 points a game, which isn't so bad considering the competition they face.
That part of their game emerged in the final three quarters against Texas Tech, as the defense only allowed 10 points the rest of the way.
Now TCU's offense has caught up to its defensive prowess and it's a sight to behold.
The Horned Frogs converted on half of their third downs and put up 785 yards of offense, contributing 305 on the ground to go with their prolific passing. That led to 58 points in the final three quarters, as they left Texas Tech in the dust.
That also gives TCU the No. 1 offense in college football this season, showing that you really can teach an old team some new tricks with the right type of coaching.
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