By Tommy Magelssen
The Associated Press
FORT WORTH, Texas — Trevone Boykin completed 15 of 26 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns and TCU’s defense forced five turnovers to lead the Horned Frogs to a 48-17 victory Saturday against rival SMU.
Boykin overcame a 7 of 16 first-half performance by completing seven of his first nine passes in the second half, tossing touchdown passes of 20 and 56 yards to help the Horned Frogs (2-2, 0-1 in Big 12) overcome a 10-7 halftime deficit.
The Horned Frogs retain the Iron Skillet trophy for the second straight year, and they are 11-2 under coach Gary Patterson in the annual rivalry game.
SMU (1-3), which entered the game 10th in the nation in passing, amassed 292 yards of total offense, and quarterback Garrett Gilbert finished 23 of 44 for 276 yards and four interceptions. TCU also had seven sacks, its most since 2009 at Virginia.
TCU played without star defensive lineman Devonte Fields, who was out with an unspecified injury.
Without Fields, the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Freshman Player of the Year and Freshman All-American, the TCU defense struggled to get much rush on Gilbert early on, but it bottled up the middle of the field. SMU’s running backs combined for just 18 yards on 10 carries in the first half.
TCU’s defense stepped up in the second half, forcing six straight incompletions from the former Texas starter and picking up the pass rush. After TCU tied the game at 10 thanks to a 35-yard Jordan Oberkrom field goal, Gilbert’s was intercepted by Sam Carter and returned 25 yards to the SMU 32.
After driving inside the 10 following the interception, the snap went through the legs of Boykin to set up a third-and-18 from the 20, but the sophomore quarterback found Ty Slanina in the left corner of the end zone to put the Frogs up for good.