Throughout the 2015 season, Gary Patterson implored anyone who would listen to remember to appreciate Trevone Boykin's time at TCU before it’s over.
Boykin will leave Fort Worth as one of the most beloved and important Horned Frogs of all time, the prolific quarterback who eased the program’s transition into the Big 12 and won them a trophy in just their third year in the league.
He has thrown for 10,728 yards, rushed for 2,049, scored 114 times and had a lot of fun along the way. With his final game as a Frog just weeks away, let’s look back on some of Boykin’s finest and most pivotal moments at TCU.
Oct. 13, 2012: The redshirt freshman, thrown into the starting job after Casey Pachall's suspension, trounced Baylor 49-21 in Waco in his second career start. Boykin completed 22 of 30 passes, produced 317 total yards and scored five touchdowns. He would end up being the last visiting quarterback to beat Baylor in Floyd Casey Stadium.
Nov. 22, 2012: Boykin added upset road wins against No. 23 West Virginia and, on this date, No. 18 Texas to his rookie resume. Those wins required game management, and the youngster handled the tests well. Against the Longhorns, he rushed for a team-high 77 yards to guide a 20-13 win in TCU’s first trip to Austin as a Big 12 foe.
Nov. 2, 2013: After making six starts for an injured Pachall, Boykin took on and embraced a do-it-all role. Against West Virginia, he had 11 catches for 100 yards. He rushed for three TDs the following week against Iowa State, including the winner in the final minute. "I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win," he said.
Dec. 18, 2013: Sonny Cumbie is hired by TCU. The arrival of Cumbie and Doug Meacham as co-offensive coordinators after TCU's 4-8 season is a pivotal fork in the road for Boykin. Most expected Texas A&M grad transfer Matt Joeckel to be their quarterback -- he had a far better grasp of the offense -- but the shakeup motivated Boykin to raise his game to a level few realized he could attain. Without their coaching, he doesn’t get there.
Aug. 30, 2014: He wasn’t publicly named the starter until TCU’s opener against Samford kicked off, but Boykin earned the job. That first start of 2014 is the culmination of months of hard work to hold off Joeckel. He got in the best shape of his career and finally got the offense clicking in fall camp. He was ready for takeoff.
Oct. 4, 2014: The first grand statement that this TCU team is legit: Boykin led the Frogs to a dramatic 37-33 win against No. 4 Oklahoma. The upset offered the first signs that Boykin would emerge as the most improved player in college football.
Oct. 18, 2014: Boykin rallied back from the last-second loss to Baylor and pulled off a 42-9 win against No. 15 Oklahoma State despite playing through a wrist injury. That game kicked off a run of four critical games -- three against top-20 foes -- that decided whether the Frogs would sink or swim in the Big 12 race. They won them all on their way to 11-1 and a share of the Big 12 title.
Dec. 31, 2014: The 42-3 beatdown of Ole Miss, a win so good folks realized TCU had deserved a spot in the College Football Playoff. Maybe Boykin should have been in New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, too. Against NFL-caliber defensive linemen, he produced 255 total yards and three scores in the Peach Bowl.
Sept. 26, 2015: The miracle in Lubbock. Aaron Green made the unbelievable fourth-down TD catch off a deflection to deliver TCU’s 55-52 victory, but don’t forget Boykin’s performance. He threw for 485 yards and four TDs, connected with Josh Doctson 18 times, scored a two-point conversion on a catch and never lost his cool in a back-and-forth brawl. Weeks later, Green was asked about Boykin’s legacy: "Legendary. Trevone is a legendary player. Gonna go down as one of the all-time greats."
Oct. 17, 2015: Boykin makes a TCU fan out of Abby Faber, a darling 7-year-old he introduced himself to at Iowa State. The photo of their midfield meeting goes viral and only brings them closer together. TCU flew Abby in for their next home game, students raised more than $30,000 for her medical expenses and the QB became her friend and admirer. Those who only knew Boykin for his play got a glimpse of his character.
Oct. 29, 2015: The Dana dap. The ultimate form of respect from an opposing head coach. In the middle of TCU’s 40-10 blowout of West Virginia, Boykin danced and juked around defenders for a tricky third-down conversion, earning a dap from Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen on the sideline after the scramble. "He’s the best player in football," Holgorsen said afterward.
Nov. 27, 2015: TCU 28, Baylor 21. In the final home game of his career, Boykin found a way to survive in double overtime and gave Frog fans a win they have craved for more than 12 months. Unlike most of Boykin’s exploits over the past two seasons, this win wasn’t pretty. But it was one heck of a way to go out.