Texas Christian Horned Frogs at Oklahoma State Cowboys
Boone Pickens Stadium – Stillwater, OK
Score: TCU (44), Oklahoma State (31)
Mason Rudolph, QB, Senior:
Drive 1 – Only one passing attempt which was 9-route to Ateman but it was slightly overthrown. Drive 2 – Perfect placement to hit James Washington in-stride for 86-yard touchdown. Showcased big arm to float the football 50+ yards in the air without a major windup. Drive 3 -Hit Washington in-stride on slant pattern for 18-yards. Was hit from backside when rolling right and did not sense pressure; resulted in fumble and turnover. Drive 4 – Showed good patience to let crosser clear his zone and hit him in stride for first down conversion. Premature throw away when extending play, presumably on account of last drive’s blunder. 3rd and goal fade to Ateman appeared to be too high. Drive 5 – Hit Ateman for long pass over the middle but it was knocked out of his hands; showed good touch and ball placement. TCU played sound coverage on 3rd and long, forcing punt. Drive 6 – Came out of the half trying to hit rhythm passes, costly sack put offense in 3rd and 17. Bizzare INT thrown on 3rd and 17 screen over the middle. Drive 7 – Hit several sideline throws to Ateman to keep drive going, capped by TD pass to Stoner after he extended play and threw him open in the endzone. Drive 8 – 21-yard strike over the middle to hit McCleskey in stride and away from coverage. Drive 9 – Drop on out-route followed by slight over throw on deep post to set up 3rd down. Hit Washington over the middle on crosser to convert 3rd and 10. Nearly threw redone interception on account of not putting enough are on the ball when trying to fit in between zones; feet were not set and ball shouldn’t have been thrown. Capped drive with rushing TD. Drive 10 – Right tackle got beat around the edge but he shrugged off sack to hit Stoner for 10+ yard gain. Hit leverage throw to Stoner on 3rd and 7 to convert. Window throw to Ateman for 29 yard gain. Drive 11 – Hit McCleskey over his shoulder for 34-yard completion to get ball to 3 yard line and setup rushing TD. Drive 12 – Internal clock was off (again) leading to pressured throw for interception by defensive lineman.
James Washington, WR, Senior:
Got behind secondary for 86-yard TD on 9-route in first quarter. Showed terrific burst to the football and ran away from the DB’s. Attacked the football with an alpha mentality and never waits for it. Competitive after the catch.
Marcell Ateman, WR, Senior:
Unable to catch up to deep shot on first drive; was slightly overthrown but burst at top of route was underwhelming. Didn’t haul in long pass over the middle on account of not squeezing the ball and it was knocked out of his hands. Good hands catch along sideline to pluck it, squeeze and secure in contested situation; did this multiple times on drive 8 to keep chains moving. Showed good physicality after the catch on late 4th quarter catch to pick up yards after the reception.
Zachary Crabtree, OT, Senior:
Inactive with toe injury.
Tre Flowers, DB, Senior:
Good solo tackle in space, flying into the boundary. Aimed low, wrapped up and didn’t concede yards after contact in the redzone. Tremendous drive off back foot to breakup pass while playing in zone; did a terrific job of reading the backfield and working into the throwing lane. Great read and angle to the ball on interception; kept play in front of him and took advantage of over throw.
Ramon Richards, DB, Senior:
Demonstrated some aggression driving off his back foot to break on the ball and did so with perfect timing to disrupt at the catch point. Jumped route and whiffed on tackle that lead to a first down on a third down.
Texas Christian Horned Frogs
Kyle Hicks, RB, Senior:
Inactive with hamstring injury.
Travin Howard, LB, Senior:
Fast-to-flow and gets to the football in a hurry. Shows high levels of comfort in space. Carried seam route into space and remained in phase. Shows a surprising amount of play strength for a linebacker listed sub-220 pounds. Eager to see more.
Best Players on the Field
Ramon Richards, DB, Oklahoma State
Kenny Hill, QB, TCU
Darius Anderson, RB, TCU
Right side of Oklahoma State OL
Oklahoma State Defense