Pachall, though, broke his non-throwing left arm the second game of the season and missed the next five games. He returned last week, relieving Boykin early in what would become a 30-7 loss to Texas, but completed just 13 of 34 passes for 139 yards.
What, then, to make of TCU's quarterback situation this week? Well, TCU coach Gary Patterson is notoriously tight-lipped about such matters, so who knows? He does, however, seem to think that Pachall picked right up where he left off physically and likes what the 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior brings to the table as far as leadership is concerned - odd as that might sound given Pachall's transgressions.
"I didn't think there was that much rust. The key is being on the same page,'' Patterson said. "One of the things we get out of him, which is very obvious even in practice, is the leadership part. After having to sit out, I think he took a whole different perspective. He looked at the game like a coach does compared to like a player, which is a big difference.
"That's where you really need to get to if you want to own the system. But we still have to do a lot better. In this league, scoring seven points isn't going to win you very many ballgames.''
That's all the points TCU got against Texas in Pachall's return. Not that the Horned Frogs have scored much with anyone at quarterback. They are averaging but 14.2 points in five Big 12 games.
For his part, Holgorsen doesn't see much of a difference in the two, at least as far as how the TCU offense runs or even in experience. After all, while Pachall is seen as the veteran, he's played in just three games in the last 12 months and started just 19 in his career. Boykin, because of Pachall's frequent absences, has started 16 games, all within the last 12 months.
"I don't really know how much more of a veteran [Pachall] is,'' Holgorsen said. "Boykin played the whole game against us last year. He's played more in the past year and a half than Pachall has. Over a four-year span, Pachall has probably taken more snaps, but they're both experienced guys who have taken plenty of reps. They're both capable of going in there and executing the offense.''
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