Pokes face sharp challenge with Horned Frogs

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By Glen Miller,

The Oklahoma State Cowboys will try to avoid repeating history Saturday when the No.15 Cowboys take the field in Fort Worth against No.12 Texas Christian.

The last time these two teams met at Amon G. Carter Stadium, the Horned Frogs defeated Oklahoma State 13-11 back in 1992.

“We’ve got a good challenge ahead of us, playing a very good football team. They’re a very fast football team and well-coached. They’re manufacturing a lot of points on offense.

“They’re successful on third downs, so we definitely have our work cut out for us. This could very well be the best team we’ve played, give or take,” said OSU head coach Mike Gundy in his weekly press conference.

Oklahoma State holds the series lead with the Horned Frogs by a 13-9-2 edge, with the first meeting dating back to 1915 – in which the Cowboys won by a 13-0 margin. Texas Christian holds a 5-4-2 edge over OSU in games played in Fort Worth.

“We just look at it like another game. We just go out there and just make plays and do what the coaches tell us to do. We are going to prepare for this game like we prepare for any other game,” said OSU defensive tackle Vincent Taylor on facing TCU on the Horned Frogs homecoming.

It’s the first meeting in Fort Worth with both schools under the Big 12 Conference banner. The Horned Frogs played the first two years in Stillwater, in which they are 3-7 in the series, after inheriting Texas A&M’s league schedule back in 2012.

Texas Christian brings a 4-1 overall record into the game, while sporting a 1-1 Big 12 mark after losing an offensive shootout last week to Baylor by a 61-58 margin. The Horned Frogs have already shaken up the league standings after knocking off the Oklahoma Sooners in Fort Worth by a 37-33 margin.

The Horned Frogs sport the league’s second best scoring offense with 29 touchdowns and nine field goals through five games. Tack on the 28 extra points and TCU has scored 229 points for an average of 45.8 points per game.

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin leads his team in rushing and ranks 10th in the conference with 305 yards and three touchdowns on 57 carries. He averages 61.0 yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry. The Horned Frogs have rushed for a total of 924 yards on 191 attempts, with B.J. Catalon logging 288 yards and six scores on 59 rushes.

Boykin ranks second in the league and seventh nationally in total offense with an average of 353.6 yards per game. He’s logged at least 332 total yards in each of the five games this season. He’s thrown for 1,463 yards and 11 touchdowns on 120-of-208 passing with two interceptions.

The Horned Frogs have 15 receivers with at least one catch each. Josh Doctson leads the way with 272 yards on 24 catches, followed by Deante’ Gray with 19 grabs for 208 yards. Kolby Listenbee leads in overall yardage with 418 on 18 catches. All three receivers have three touchdowns each.

Oklahoma State will counter with an offense that is averaging 420 yards per game and logged 2,524 total yards. The Cowboys have rushed for 930 yards this season for an average of 3.8 yards per carry and 155 per game.

Desmond Roland leads the way with 391 yards and seven touchdowns on 96 carries, followed by Tyreek Hill’s 205 yards on 38 totes. Rennie Childs is close behind with 199 yards on 50 attempts.

Quarterback Daxx Garman has thrown for 1,361 yards in five games, logging 10 touchdowns against five interceptions. He’s completed 92-of-159 passes for 57.9 percent.

Brandon Shepard leads all receivers with 18 catches for 299 yards, followed closely by Mustang’s David Glidden with 265 yards on 18 grabs. Both receivers average over 44 yards per game.

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