Texas Tech faces its stiffest test tonight against TCU - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Texas Tech faces its stiffest test tonight against TCU


Texas Tech rested its starters in the 2nd half of last weeks game, needing only two quarters to pull away. Chances are the Red Raiders can expect a full four quarters of action Thursday night.

The 24th ranked TCU Horned Frogs invade Jones AT&T Stadium at 6:30 p.m. in front of a national TV audience on ESPN as the game marks the Big 12 opener for each team.

The Red Raiders barely broke a sweat last week crushing its FCS competition, Stephen F. Austin, 61-13. Quarterback Baker Mayfield picked up right where he left off from Week 1 with another stellar performance completing 21-of-30 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns. The freshman even utilized his legs, rushing for 66 yards, giving him 114 through two games on 21 carries.

"As a young quarterback, its survival mode a lot of times out there," Kingsbury said about his quarterback's ability to run. "He did a great job extending plays, keeping plays and made some huge third downs with his feet last week. As he continues to progress in our offense, hopefully he'll know when to run and when to hang in there and throw the ball. We're still working through that."

Mayfield has also thrown for 780 yards, which is third most in the FBS, and a conference, high seven touchdowns with no interceptions and a 71.1 completion percentage.

But he won't be the only two-dimensional quarterback on the field tonight as Trevone Boykin gets the start for TCU now that Casey Pachall is out for the foreseeable future with a broken bone in his non-throwing hand. He suffered the injury in last week's win over Southeastern Louisiana, 38-17. In relief, Boykin completed 9-of-13 passes for 133 yards and two scores, while rushing for 35 yards on five carries.

"When he's in there I feel as comfortable as I do with Casey, and everybody on the team feels the same way," running back B.J. Catalon said. "Boykin can make plays with his feet and throw the ball."

"He just makes plays with his legs that Casey hasn't, but Casey makes some plays with his arm that Treveone doesn't do," coach Gary Patterson said. "But it's two weeks in a row he came in and did some good things."

This isn't the first time Texas Tech goes up against Boykin as the dual threat quarterback threw for a career best of 332 yards and four touchdowns in last years triple overtime thriller between these teams, eventually won by the Red Raiders, 56-53.

Wear black tonight as it is blackout night at the Jones in addition to the Lone Star Pride game. Rumor has it Texas Tech will be showing off its new gray uniforms for the nationally televised contest.

Also, be sure and keep the channel locked on KCBD Newschannel 11's Raider Zone countdown to kick-off, live broadcast from Jones AT&T Stadium tonight at 6 p.m.

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