FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin turned Thursday night's game with West Virginia into his own personal highlight reel, and the Horned Frogs rolled 40-10 at Amon G. Carter Stadium to remain undefeated.
Here's more on how it happened:
Player of the game: With the national college football spotlight on him, Boykin was so sensational even West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen couldn't help but give him a sideline high-five after he sliced and diced his way through a quartet of Mountaineers to generate yet another TCU first down. On the night, Boykin -- who had a hand in four touchdowns -- completed 32 of 47 passes to go with 388 passing yards and 84 rushing yards. He also put a significant dent into LSU running back Leonard Fournette's lead in what's turning into a two-man Heisman race.
Top play: On a highlight-loaded night for him, Boykin delivered a Heisman moment, too. Actually, he delivered a couple of Heisman moments. But the summersault on TCU's second drive was the tone-setter. On first-and-goal, he took the snap and rushed to his left. Following a lead block from running back Aaron Green, Boykin arrived at the goal line with only West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley standing between him and a touchdown. But as Worley dove at his thighs, Boykin leaped in the air and over Worley before summersaulting into the end zone for the 2-yard score. The acrobatic play gave the Horned Frogs an early 14-0 lead and command of the game, which they would not relinquish.
What the win means for TCU: On their way to obliterating the Mountaineers, the Horned Frogs surely left a strong impression with the College Football Playoff selection committee, whose first rankings come out Tuesday. While Boykin, superstar wideout Josh Doctson and the offense have been unstoppable all year, the TCU defense quietly has been playing better lately. Up front, Davion Pierson, Terrell Lathan and Mike Tuaua, who all missed time earlier in the year, controlled the line of scrimmage against the Mountaineers, who were held to their lowest yardage total since 2013. The Horned Frogs suffered more defensive attrition with free safety Derrick Kindred and linebacker Montrel Wilson leaving the game with shoulder injuries. But assuming they're not out for an extended period, TCU's defense is coming around at the right time to flank Boykin and the spectacular offense for a November run at the playoff.
What the loss means for West Virginia: The Mountaineers had every opportunity to make this game interesting, at least early. Miscues on both sides of the ball, however, helped turned the bout into a rout. West Virginia was flagged four times on defense, which kept TCU drives alive in the first half. On the other side of the ball, Shelton Gibson, Jovon Durante and David Sills all dropped passes on three different possessions that probably should've been touchdowns. As a result, the Mountaineers will head back to Morgantown 0-4 in the Big 12 for the first time. The good news for West Virginia is that the schedule eases up considerably the rest of the way. The Mountaineers have the talent to run the table, if they can also eliminate the gaffes.