NCAA Football

                === No. 21 Oklahoma State plays host to TCU ===
 Stillwater, OK ( - The 21st-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys
 hunt for their seventh straight win at Boone Pickens Stadium as they welcome
 the TCU Horned Frogs to Stillwater for Big 12 Conference action.
 TCU improved to 1-2 in league play last week as it notched a 27-17 decision
 over Kansas. The Horned Frogs are now 3-3 on the season after starting off the
 campaign ranked in the Top 25. Coach Gary Patterson's squad lost both of its
 road games this season to Big 12 foes Texas Tech (20-10) and Oklahoma (20-17).
 TCU tied its season-high of 207 yards rushing last week against the Jayhawks
 and is now 65-4 under Patterson when running for at least 200 yards.
 Mike Gundy's Cowboys are coming off a bye week with a 4-1 record that was most
 recently bolstered by a 33-29 win over Kansas State. Oklahoma State coasted
 through its non-conference slate before being upset, 30-21, at West Virginia
 in its Big 12 opener. The Cowboys have not lost at home since they were
 defeated, 41-36, by Texas on Sept. 29, 2012. They have also defeated 20
 straight unranked opponents at home.
 Oklahoma State holds a 12-9-2 all-time series lead in its history with the
 Horned Frogs. The series was revived after 19 idle years last season and the
 Cowboys extended their edge with a 36-14 win at home.
 The Horned Frogs had one of their best offensive outputs of the season last
 week against Kansas with only 380 yards of total offense. The passing attack
 has digressed a great deal since starting quarterback Casey Pachall was
 sidelined with a wrist injury. Trevone Boykin completed 14-of-22 pass attempts
 for 173 yards and a touchdown last week, but was also intercepted twice and
 sacked three times. He added 71 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries to
 contribute to TCU's rushing outburst.
 B.J. Catalon also rushed 12 times for 91 yards and a score, while Aaron Green
 registered 14 attempts for 37 yards. Due to the team's strong defense,
 establishing the run is clearly the priority. TCU is third in the Big 12 in
 rushing defense with only 118.7 yards allowed per game, which is just over two
 yards more per game than the second-place Cowboys. None of the Horned Frogs'
 wideouts have more than 200 yards receiving through six games. A go-to-guy may
 have emerged last week.
 "It motivates us when we have guys who can step up and make big plays," said
 Boykin. (David Porter) hasn't played much, but he came in and made some big
 plays that boosted our confidence."
 Redshirt senior David Porter made his first career start last week and made it
 memorable with four catches for 118 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown
 TCU held Kansas to 198 yards of total offense and only seven first downs last
 week. Despite playing a schedule with only one opponent not from a BCS
 conference, the Horned Frogs have limited their opponents to only 21.3 points
 and 328 total yards per game to rank second in the Big 12 in total defense.
 Marcus Mallet registered nine tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss versus
 the Jayhawks. Phil Dawson made his first career start and made a career-best
 17 tackles.
 TCU's dominance last week was expected against the least productive offense in
 the Big 12. It will struggle containing Oklahoma State's attack that generates
 38 points and 445.2 yards of total offense per outing. Sophomore quarterback
 J.W. Walsh is the team's leader and ranks third among Big 12 players with
 294.8 total offensive yards per game. Walsh led the team down the field for
 two late scoring drives to push OSU past KSU its last time out. He finished
 the game 24-of-38 for 245 yards and a touchdown.
 The team's leading receiver, Josh Stewart, was limited to just two catches and
 20 yards by the Wildcats. He is still the eighth most productive pass catcher
 in the conference with an average of 66.4 receiving yards per contest. Jhajuan
 Seales paced the Cowboys with 87 yards on four receptions versus KSU. Ben
 Grogan was reliable as he made four of his five field goal attempts, including
 a game-winner with just over two minutes remaining.
 OSU had little success on the ground in its last game with only 85 yards on 25
 attempts. Jeremy Smith and Walsh both registered 11 carries and scored one
 touchdown each as well.
 The Cowboys forced five total turnovers and held KSU to only 336 total yards
 in their last appearance. The defense recorded interceptions to stop the
 Wildcats' final two drives and secure the victory.
 "There's been a number of games here in the last 20 years that I've been
 involved with where teams went right down the field at the end and scored on
 the defense," said Gundy after last week's clutch play. "That was different
 here with these guys. They continue to get better. They worked hard. They've
 bought into the system, they've bought into our coaches and they're finding a
 way to get it done in the end."
 Shaun Lewis had a monster performance with eight total tackles, one
 interception, a forced fumble and a recovery. Caleb Lavey also made a mark
 with seven stops, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a pick. Lavey is
 averaging eight tackles per game, making him the seventh leading tackler among
 Big 12 players.
 10/16 10:44:21 ET

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