You never know when Trevone Boykin is going to do it again.
What is “it”? “It” is when the TCU Horned Frogs star quarterback is going to make another jaw-dropping play. From running roughshod against Kansas State to setting all-time passing records versus Texas, and even getting an opposing coach from West Virginia to give him some dap after scrambling through his defense like a skier on a slalom course. “It” is going to happen again, and it could be this weekend as the Oklahoma State Cowboys prepare to host arguably the leading candidate to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy.
The 6’2″ quarterback from the North Dallas suburbs is averaging 431 total yards per game and has scored a combined 34 touchdowns in just 8 games. On Saturday, Boykin will get his chance to take on a Cowboys’ defense that allowed 53 points and 659 yards of offense against Texas Tech. Chances are, we’ll see a big play or two from #2 on TCU.
Here are the 7 Heisman Moments of Trevone Boykin’s 2015 season, ranked.
#7: He Finds a Way to Win Ugly
Why It Mattered: College football teams don’t benefit from playing preseason games like they do in the NFL, and the TCU Horned Frogs looked rusty in their first game of the season versus Minnesota. After an erratic start, Boykin threw for 246 yards and a touchdown and ran for 92 yards and another score. This would prove to be the worst performance thus far in Boykin’s 2015 campaign, but kudos to the quarterback for finding a way to win.
#6: Boykin’s Tipped TD Pass Topples Texas Tech
Why It Mattered: We’re probably not writing this article if Boykin doesn’t fire a slightly errant pass into tight coverage to a stretching out Josh Doctson, who had the ball tip off his hands and land in the grasp of Aaron Green who was just hustling and following the play. Boykin’s four touchdown passes and career-high 509 yards wouldn’t have mattered if his teammates weren’t hustling just as much as him. It takes a team effort to win a Big 12 Championship and a Heisman Trophy, and the Horned Frogs is loaded across the board.
#5: The Texas Massacre
Why It Mattered: In a game where Boykin threw for 332 yards and didn’t bother to play in the fourth quarter, the signal caller from Dallas logged five touchdowns and tallied his 74th TD pass, three more than current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had from 2007-10. Oh, and in the 50-7 win, they put the wood on Texas in a way that make some wonder if the Longhorns will be top dogs in the Lone Star State anytime soon.
#4: Boykin’s 69-yard TD Run vs. Kansas State
Why It Mattered: TCU’s path to a national championship was almost derailed by the always plucky Kansas State Wildcats. Down 35-17 at the half, Boykin’s poise shined brightest as the Horned Frogs outscored The Fighting Bill Snyders 35-10 in the second half to secure a 52-45 victory. Boykin finished with 301 passing yards and two touchdowns in the air along with 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Oh, and he made Gus Johnson lose his mind on the play-by-play.
#3: Boykin Front-Flips Into Our Hearts
Why It Mattered: There are many Heisman Trophy candidates that have flipped their way to the Downtown Athletic Club. From Sam Bradford’s cartwheel flip versus Oklahoma State to Michael Vick’s freshman flip versus James Madison, flipping into the endzone seems to add style points to the Heisman resume. Boykin’s flip was smooth and electric versus West Virginia.
#2: The Trifecta: Pump Fake, Pirouette and Dash
Why It Mattered: In a game where Boykin’s offense rolled up 720 yards on 71 plays, the biggest play was when the Horned Frogs’ quarterback channeled former TCU legends Sammy Baugh and LaDainian Tomlinson versus SMU. Boykin’s 20-yard scramble touchdown was the cherry on top of a Saturday sundae that included 454 passing yards and five touchdown passes.
#1: Dana Holgerson High-fives Trevone Boykin
Why It Mattered: Sometimes you just have to pay homage to someone who’s the best at what they do. In TCU’s 40-10 victory over West Virginia, Boykin amassed 388 yards passing with three touchdowns, all while becoming the Horned Frogs’ career leader in total offense.
Eddie Maisonet is the founder and editor emeritus of The Sports Fan Journal. Currently, he serves as an associate editor for ESPN.com. He is an unabashed Russell Westbrook and Barry Switzer apologist, owns over 100 fitteds and snapbacks, and lives by Reggie Jackson’s famous quote, “I am the straw that stirs the drink.”