The day was filled with exciting moments for both teams, any of which could have changed how the game played out. Iowa State allowed the first big moment of the game to go to TCU when Albert Gary muffed a 40-yard punt inside the Cyclone 25, allowing Cam White to set up the Horned Frogs with a short field.
Boykins made the turnover pay off with an 18-yard touchdown run to give the Horned Frogs a 7-0, first quarter lead.
“There are so many plays that go into a game and there’s a lot to point at when you lose,” Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads said. “Those special teams plays that we didn’t make certainly didn’t help our cause.”
The next big play, however, also featured a big play from the Iowa State special teams. Facing fourth down on TCU’s 40, ISU punter Kirby Van Der Kamp faked the kick and found Justin Coleman wide open for a 25-yard gain to the Horned Frogs’ 15.
Sophomore quarterback Sam Richardson then took the next play into the end zone from 15 yards out on a keeper that tied the game at 7-7.
“It was a great play call by coach Rhoads at that point. It was a great throw and great hit taken by Justin. We practice for that all year. He hopped right back up like it was nothing,” redshirt sophomore DeVondrick Nealy said of the first big special teams play for ISU. “We work so hard on special teams to make big plays. If you win the battle on special teams, you have an excellent chance at winning the game.”
Nealy would create the second big special teams play for the Cyclones. Down 14-7 at the half, Nealy erased the deficit in an instant with a 98-yard kickoff return to even the score and send Jack Trice Stadium into a frenzy.