Kansas State unbeaten in Big 12 after finishing off TCU
Kansas State held TCU’s offense some 140 yards and 20 points below its season averages as the Wildcats defeated the host Horned Frogs 21-14 in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday. K-State survived a Hail Mary at the end of the game.
Kansas State (3-1, 3-0 Big 12) kept pace with Iowa State for first place in the conference.
True freshman quarterback Will Howard got his first career start in place of Skylar Thompson. His stat line wasn’t overwhelming, but he did just enough. He was 8-of-19 for 117 yards and was intercepted once, and he rushed for 86 additional yards and a touchdown.
TCU (1-2, 1-2 Big 12) finished 5-of-17 on third-down conversions.
Max Duggan completed 19-of-31 passes for 154 yards for the Horned Frogs. He also ran for 43 yards and a touchdown.
With the teams trading field position in the third quarter, TCU replaced Duggan with Matthew Downing.
Punts by both teams gave TCU possession deep in its own territory. Kansas State’s AJ Parker cut in front of his receiver and picked off a pass from Downing, returning the ball 37 yards for a touchdown and a 21-7 lead.
On the next possession, Duggan returned to the lineup, but he couldn’t revive the TCU offense until late in the game. He scored on a 3-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal with 3:39 remaining.
The Wildcats scored first on a 25-yard field goal by Blake Lynch. The drive stalled after an 80-yard run by Howard.
TCU responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive to take a 7-3 lead on a Darwin Barlow 7-yard run. But that was the last scoring drive for TCU until less than four minutes remained in the game.
Lynch connected on a career-long 53-yard field goal to draw within a point with 10 seconds left in the first quarter. He missed a chance to put the Wildcats ahead when he missed a 46-yard field goal with 11:26 left in the second quarter.
Later, Howard led a 91-yard touchdown drive to put Kansas State ahead 14-7. He scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, and then Chabastin Taylor’s ran for two-point conversion.
The Wildcats then blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt at the end of the half.
TCU finished with 342 total yards, off their season average of 478, and their 14 points were well under their average of 33.5.
–Field Level Media