Each Monday, Pylon University examines a game-changing sequence in the Offensive Play of the Week. Mark Schofield looks at TCU’s Trevone Boykin keeping his Heisman candidacy alive in the final minutes against West Virginia.
Following his 7-touchdown performance against Texas Tech, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin entered Saturday’s tilt against West Virginia as a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate. The junior signal-caller struggled (12-30, 166 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR of 23.6) in Morgantown, and there weren’t any “Boykin TCU #1” signs to be found among the partisan Mountaineer crowd, but when the Horned Frogs needed a big play the QB delivered, keeping their NCAA playoff hopes alive.
Boykin and his offense took over possession at their own 24-yard line trailing by 3 with 2:07 remaining in the contest. Following a 3-yard run on 1st-down, TCU put their QB in the shotgun using 20 personnel. Wide receiver Kolby Listenbee splits wide to the left, and TCU has a slot formation to the right. West Virginia shows three defensive linemen in their sub package:
The Mountaineers rush only three linemen and drop eight defenders into their Prevent-style Cover 2 deep shell. This gives Boykin a clean pocket to work with:
On the outside Listenbee runs a simple go route, and bursts into the open area along the sideline in the Cover 2 scheme:
Boykin’s throw is on target and the WR pulls in the 40-yard pass on the West Virginia 39-yard line, just outside field goal range (according to ESPN graphics):
Ball secured, Listenbee makes a hard cut to the inside against West Virginia freshman safety Dravon Henry:
This slight move earns the WR a few more yards before Henry finally trips him up at the Mountaineer 33-yard line:
The video of the play illustrates how wide-open the receiver was and how perfect the throw was from Boykin:
TCU’s toughest remaining test is this Saturday against overachieving Kansas State in a game that likely determines the Big 12 Winner. Should the Horned Frogs earn a playoff selection, Boykin’s clutch throw will live on in TCU lore for years to come.
(Video and images via Big12Sports.com)
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