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*TCU frustrated with focus on suspended Boykin, not Horned Frogs


COURTESY: TCU - Gary Patterson, coach of the Texas Christian Horned Frogs, says all the media talk about suspended quarterback Trevone Boykin hasn't been fair to the rest of his team or to Saturday's Alamo Bowl against Oregon in San Antonio, Texas.SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The comings and goings of the TCU offense will have an impact on the Alamo Bowl, 3:45 p.m. Saturday at the Alamodome.

It’ll be Oregon (9-3) and TCU (10-2), but with a big asterisk because of what happened among TCU personnel.

TCU coach Gary Patterson says senior Bram Kohlhausen is likely to start at quarterback, after Trevone Boykin’s bar fight and suspension near the team hotel this week.

Kohlhausen played for TCU at Oklahoma and almost led the Horned Frogs to an upset; they failed on a two-point conversation late in losing 30-29.

The 6-2, 205-pound Kohlhausen played in seven games this season, going 27 of 43 for 369 yards and three TDs with one interception. He was 5 of 11 for 122 yards and two scores against the Sooners. A 6-5, 230 redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer started the game and was 8 of 18 for 107 yards and one TD, but he was intercepted three times and sacked twice.

Oklahoma led 30-13 in the fourth quarter before TCU rallied.

“‘Bram’ lost his dad that Saturday that we played Oklahoma,” Patterson says.

“He’s one of those kids that walked on, had a chance to play as a quarterback in the system. He’s committed to TCU; Foster Sawyer same thing.”

Adds Patterson: “For me, it doesn’t make any difference which one of them starts. The guy that can throw to the same color, the guy that can move the ball. More importantly, I think it comes down to when you watch your kids on the field.”

In addition, the Horned Frogs will be playing without top receiver Josh Doctson.

Patterson was perturbed that the Boykin transgression received much attention from the media. Offensive coordinators and players faced a bunch of questions about their senior quarterback and one-time Heisman Trophy prospect, with the final comment coming from co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham when somebody asked whether Boykin had been sent home.

“I mean, what difference does it make?” he said. “How many times are we going to talk about it?”

Said Patterson on Friday: “Let me say this to you. I was a little disappointed (Thursday) that everything that was basically talked to my kids about was about Trevone Boykin. We’re here to play Oregon. If we’re going to make this a press conference about him, then I think we’re ruining San Antonio and the bowl game and we’re saying everybody else that plays at TCU is not important.

“Obviously, Gary Patterson and TCU would love, especially against such a good football team like Oregon, to have all your players,” Patterson said, as part of a lengthy diatribe on the issue after saying assistants and players had to talk about it too much. “Unfortunate for him, because Trevone has meant so much to TCU. ... Just like everybody else, I’m a fan. I want to see Vernon (Adams) versus Trevone.”