The dream lives on.
But first, for TCU, came an apology.
He owed his team one, quarterback Trevone Boykin figured.
“Trevone stood up in the locker room,” coach Gary Patterson recalled, “and he said, ‘Hey, my bad. I’ve got to play better.’ ”
You’ll get no argument here. The junior from West Mesquite had his worst day of the season, overthrowing and under-throwing receivers, hesitating on option decisions, and generally under-impressing the national Heisman electorate.
Battling the wind and an equally nasty West Virginia Mountaineers defense, Boykin at one point had completed only 10 of his 27 passes for a very 2013-like 127 yards.
And when he finally did connect with teammate Josh Doctson near the sideline midway in the third quarter, Boykin saw defender Terrell Chestnut pluck the ball away and ramble 35 yards for a touchdown.
It was cold. And windy. And with West Virginia suddenly ahead 27-14, for TCU it apparently was still Halloween.
“That’s trouble,” Patterson remembered thinking.