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No. 2 TCU escaped Thursday night with a victory over Minnesota that was low in style points but heavy in grit.
Trevone Boykin threw for 246 yards and a touchdown and ran for 92 yards and another score to help No. 2 TCU outlast Minnesota 23-17 on Thursday night.
Final: (2) TCU 23, Minnesota 17
The Horned Frogs will have things to work on for next week, as the offense struggled at times. But the defense bent without breaking, and TCU escaped with a season-opening win. Box score
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TCU holds on to beat Minnesota, 23-17. Trevone Boykin: 26/42, 246 YDS, 1 TD; 18 Car, 92 Yds, 1 TD. #TCUvsMINN #collegefootball #gameday
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Openers are tricky and Trevone Boykin will be better but opponents will study Minnesota's blueprint against TCU offense. If you have veteran, physical defensive backs, tackle in space, and make TCU earn everything, you can hang around. Really good job by Tracy Claeys and the Minnesota defensive staff. Gophers will definitely contend in the Big Ten west. They were my pick to win it.
Minnesota strikes late, within a TD
No. 2 TCU has managed just 23 points tonight, which has allowed the Golden Gophers to hang around. An 8-play, 91-yard scoring drive has the score at 23-17, but Minnesota is running out of time, with just over 90 seconds left in regulation. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
I hope this is Trevone Boykin's worst game of the year.
TCU has points taken off the board
The Horned Frogs thought they had their first safety since 2010, but Minnesota's challenge of the ruling on the field was successful, keeping the Golden Gophers within 20-10 in the fourth live on ESPN.
Minnesota breaks past the goal line
The Golden Gophers have pulled within a TD of No. 2 TCU, as the Horned Frogs' vaunted offense has been stymied en route to just 17 points late in the 3rd quarter live on ESPN.
TCU gains some distance over Minnesota
Trevone Boykin has already executed more designed runs against the Golden Gophers than he averaged per game last season, and he added a TD with his feet to give TCU a 17-3 lead live on ESPN.
Missed FG keeps TCU's lead in single-digits
Jaden Oberkrom's miss from 29-yards had Minnesota celebrating their good fortune, but TCU takes a 10-3 advantage into halftime on ESPN.
Minnesota finally gets on the board
It took nearly 25 minutes of game play, but the Golden Gophers have narrowed the TCU lead to 10-3 after a 42-yard FG late in the second quarter.
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