TCU rides backup QB, defense to blowout

All TCU's Trevone Boykin needed was a full week to practice at his position.

Granted, playing Baylor's defense helps, too.

Whatever the reason, Boykin looked like a new man in his second start as TCU's new quarterback after Casey Pachall was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and left the team last week.

He led the Frogs to a 49-21 win in Waco to a Bears team that knocked off the Frogs on the same field a year ago.

Boykin threw four touchdowns -- two in the fourth quarter -- and completed 22-of-30 passes for 262 yards against the Bears on Saturday, just a week after throwing three picks against Iowa State in a two-touchdown loss.

He also rushed for a touchdown and accounted for 64 yards on 17 carries.

Meanwhile, TCU's defense picked off Nick Florence four times and won the turnover battle, 6-0.

Games look a whole lot different when you do that, compared to last week when the margin was 5-1, and not in TCU's favor in the Iowa State loss.

The big fourth quarter spurt pushed what was a close game into a laugher for the Frogs, who badly needed a win after looking like a team that might tank after getting dominated by an Iowa State team that would likely struggle to reach six wins on the year.

Still, just a week later, TCU's fortunes look a whole lot different.

Amazing how much difference a week of practice can make.