“I'm very aware we haven't played defense like we want to,” Bob Stoops said.
Of course, TCU's offense is nowhere near the caliber of Baylor, West Virginia or OSU, offenses which had combined for 128 regulation points the past three weeks.
Boykin is scrappy, but not TCU's QB of choice – Casey Paschall was a big-time talent, but substance abuse cost him his spot on the squad in early October.
Still, Boykin has proven capable, quarterbacking victories in Waco, Morgantown and Austin. That's not a bad resume.
And TCU has a defense to die for, at least in this league.
“The defense was challenged,” said Mike Stoops, its beleaguered coordinator. “There's no way around it. I told ‘em, ‘We're not going to score 50 on ‘em. We're not getting in a shoot-out.'”
Instead of a shoot-out, this game was a shout-out. To a total team victory.
After games of 51-48 and 50-49 and 42-34, the Sooners needed to play a game where defenses had a fighting chance.
And the Big 12 needed a high-profile game that wasn't first-to-50 wins. The Alabama-Georgia tug-o'-war for the SEC title had, by early fourth quarter, outscored OU-TCU.
The Sooners-Frogs plot is how football games used to be won in this part of the country.
“They made us earn all our points,” said OU lineman Gabe Ikard.
That's the best kind of points. That's what football once was, and Saturday was again, in this stadium that figures to deliver to the Big 12 much-needed more of the same.
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