Nov 26, 2021; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back Breece Hall (28) runs away from TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Ochaun Mathis (32) at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Breece Hall enjoys record-setting day as Iowa State tops TCU

Breece Hall rushed for career-best 242 yards and three touchdowns and added a scoring reception as Iowa State prepared for the postseason with an easy 48-14 win over visiting TCU on Friday in Ames, Iowa.

Hall scored a rushing touchdown in his 24th consecutive game, breaking the NCAA mark as set by Arkansas’ Bill Burnette from 1968-70.

Brock Purdy passed for 262 yards and two touchdowns for Iowa State (7-5, 5-4 Big 12). The Cyclones are bowl eligible for a program-record fifth straight year and will continue their season in December.

The Horned Frogs (5-7, 3-6) were trying to clinch a berth in a bowl but will now have to wait to see if they can fill a spot among a bevy of 5-7 teams.

Max Duggan passed for 216 yards and two scores for TCU while playing with a broken foot.

The Cyclones scored on the game’s opening possession, moving 50 yards in nine plays to Andrew Mevis’ 27-yard field goal. Iowa State added to its lead with a 40-yard touchdown run by Jirehl Brock with 13:12 to play in the second quarter at the end of a five-play, 80-yard drive.

Hall’s 39-yard scoring run with 3:35 left in the second quarter put him in the history books and pushed the Cyclones’ advantage to 17-0.

TCU got on the board late in the half on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Duggan to Blair Conwright and pulled within 17-7.

Hall hauled in a swing pass from Purdy on Iowa State’s first possession of the third quarter and turned it into a 22-yard touchdown that extended the lead to 24-7. Later in the quarter, Mevis hit a 32-yard field goal to build the margin to 20 points.

Hall added an 80-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter and a 4-yard touchdown run at the 8:53 mark to augment his big day.

The Horned Frogs got a fourth-quarter 6-yard touchdown pass from Duggan to Tyler Guyton four snaps after a 78-yard kickoff return by Derius Davis.

Purdy passed 48 yards to Chase Allen for the game’s final score with 4:48 to play.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Hobbs Nyberg (23) is brought down by the Baylor Bears defense during the second half at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

First test for TCU post-Gary Patterson is No. 14 Baylor

TCU and No. 14 Baylor will renew an old rivalry Saturday under anything but normal circumstances.

The surging Bears head to Fort Worth looking to collect their fourth win in a row. They will take on a Horned Frogs’ team under new leadership for the first time in 21 years after the school and longtime coach Gary Patterson mutually parted ways on Sunday.

TCU (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) is on a three-game skid that has dropped the Horned Frogs to ninth place in the standings. The last loss, a 31-12 setback at Kansas State, prompted a meeting Sunday that ended with Patterson walking away from a program he has guided since 2000.

Jerry Kill, a former head coach at Minnesota and Northern Illinois and a longtime friend of Patterson, will be the interim coach the rest of the season.

“I think the kids here respect me,” said Kill, who joined the TCU program as a consultant last season. “I’ve been around them enough, we’ve got a good game plan and we’ll go to work (Tuesday) and get after them. Nobody’s going to be Gary Patterson. I don’t claim to be Gary Patterson.”

On the other side of the field on Saturday, the Bears (7-1, 4-1) will focus on continuing what has propelled them into the hunt for a spot in the conference championship game.

Baylor owns the Big 12’s second-best offense, averaging 465.5 yards a game, and third-stingiest defense (339.4 yards allowed per game). Abram Smith has rushed for 930 yards and 11 touchdowns (116.3 yards per game), while quarterback Gerry Bohannon has been a major key with 1,753 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and only three interceptions in 203 pass attempts.

As effective as the Bears’ offense has been, defense has been at the eye of the storm — especially the last three weeks against foes with dangerous running attacks. Facing West Virginia’s Leddie Brown, Tyler Allgeier from BYU and Texas star Bijan Robinson, Baylor has been tough-as-nails — surrendering 120 yards total to that trio.

With running the ball a chore, the Bears’ foes have been forced to lean on the pass, and Baylor has recorded 13 sacks in the same three-game span.

“Change is different, especially when you’re pass-rushing to play the run, and now you play the run to get the opportunity to rush the passer,” second-year Baylor coach Dave Aranda said.

“The buy-in, the work, the grinding, has got it to where we’re winning the line of scrimmage.”

Those little battles have been tough for TCU in Big 12 play, where the Horned Frogs’ only victory is a 52-31 decision against Texas Tech.

The Horned Frogs’ defense — which was what Patterson built his legacy on — has been gashed for 443.3 total yards a game. Until last week, five foes in a row had rushed for 214 yards or more and each of the last four has thrown for 242 yards or more.

The abrupt change makes any wholesale changes difficult, but Kill said he and the remaining staff will focus on finding ways to help TCU get back on track.

“We’re not stopping trying to help TCU,” Kill said. “That would not be fair to Gary. We’ve got to carry on his legacy. … Everybody thinks everybody is out looking for a job, but that’s not happening right now. We are working. If you work and you do well, then if you’re out of a job, you get a job a lot quicker, if you’re doing your job here.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA;  TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson reacts during the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

TCU, Gary Patterson agree to part ways

TCU has “mutually agreed to part ways” with coach Gary Patterson after 21-plus years with him at the head of the Horned Frogs’ football program.

Assistant Jerry Kill will serve as TCU’s interim coach for the remainder of the season.

TCU is 3-5 overall (1-4 Big 12) and has lost five of its past six games. The team could finish with a losing record for the third time in six seasons.

TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said in a statement that he and Patterson agreed a new voice was needed in the program. Patterson is the program’s all-time leader in victories with 181.

“The story of Gary Patterson and the rise in the fortunes of the TCU football program over the last 20 years is clearly one of the most remarkable in the history of college football,” Donati said. “We are grateful to Gary and Kelsey Patterson and appreciate everything they have meant to TCU and the Fort Worth community.

“Under his leadership, TCU has become a nationally recognized brand name in football and in collegiate athletics. Chancellor (Victor) Boschini and I met with Coach Patterson today and mutually agreed that the time has come for a new voice and leadership in our football program. We asked him to continue on as our head coach for the remainder of the season, and take on a different role in 2022, but he believed it was in the team’s and TCU’s best interests to begin the transition immediately.”

Patterson took over as the Horned Frogs’ coach starting with the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl. He led the program’s transition from Conference USA to the Mountain West, turned it into a perennial power and then helped them make the jump to the Big 12.

Under Patterson, TCU appeared in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, which they lost to Boise State in a matchup of undefeated Group of Five teams, and then the 2010 Rose Bowl, where they defeated Wisconsin.

Patterson, 61, was 181-79 all-time as TCU’s coach. He guided the Horned Frogs to 10 or more wins on 11 occasions.

Kill’s head-coaching stops comprise Northern Illinois (2008-10) and Minnesota (2011-15). He is 60 years old.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2021; Lubbock, Texas, USA;  Texas Christian Horned Frogs defensive corner back Tre Vius Hodges-Thomlison (1) and defensive corner back C.J. Ceaser (9) react after scoring a touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

TCU rushes for nearly 400 yards in rout of Texas Tech

Texas Tech spent the week wondering how it would slow down TCU’s two-pronged offensive threat of quarterback Max Duggan and running back Zach Evans.

Turns out Duggan was less a threat than expected but Evans and backup Kendre Miller were much more than the Red Raiders bargained for in Saturday’s 52-31 Horned Frogs’ victory in Lubbock.

That duo combined for 328 rushing yards to fuel a 394-yard day on the ground.

Miller took over as primary ball carrier late in the first half after Evans suffered an apparent foot injury on a touchdown run, and TCU (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) didn’t miss a beat. Miller slashed through the Red Raiders (4-2, 1-2) for 185 yards and three touchdowns — two in the second half. Evans ran for 143 yards and two scores in the first half.

The Horned Frogs needed that kind of production because Texas Tech rolled up 558 yards of total offense. SaRodorick Thompson ran for 118 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way. Henry Colombi threw for 344 yards but faced intense pressure from the TCU defense most of the night.

Trailing 35-10 at halftime, the Red Raiders showed life in the third quarter with a pair of quick-drive touchdowns. The problem was trying to defend TCU’s running game in between.

Texas Tech ate up 75 yards on consecutive possessions, each ending with a short rushing score, to bite into a deficit that grew to 38-10 when Griffin Kell boomed a 48-yard field goal on the Horned Frogs’ first series of the second half.

TCU responded between Texas Tech touchdowns when Miller wiggled through a hole on an off-tackle run and dashed down the sideline for a 75-yard TD. He also broke free for a 45-yard touchdown with 4:51 left in the game to finally ice the victory.

The Horned Frogs were in firm command at halftime after dominating the game’s early stages. TCU produced touchdowns on each of its four first-half drives (not counting a final kneel-down) and churned out 306 yards in the process.

With Evans as the catalyst, the Horned Frogs put together three touchdown drives of 75 yards and another that covered 79 yards.

While the offense flourished, the TCU defense also chimed in to keep Texas Tech in check. The Red Raiders produced only 151 yards in the first 30 minutes and struggled to stay on the field, going 2-for-6 on third downs.

The Horned Frogs also got a touchdown from the defense when Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson snared a Colombi pass that banged off the hands of Texas Tech receiver Myles Price and dashed 29 yards to the end zone to make it 28-7 early in the second quarter.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Henry Colombi (3) throws a pass during the second quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech picking up steam entering TCU matchup

Texas Tech has played two very different roles against opponents with varying frames of mind in the first two games of the Big 12 Conference schedule: underdog at Texas, wounded animal at West Virginia.

Another new test awaits the Red Raiders on Saturday when TCU visits Lubbock.

Although Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) is a slender underdog, the Red Raiders are the team with a head of steam in a showdown dubbed “The Battle for the Saddle.”

A 23-20 victory at West Virginia last week helped Texas Tech chase away the aftertaste of a 70-35 loss at Texas the week before. TCU is in a different kind of mood after its comeback bid against the Longhorns fizzled in a 32-27 setback last week.

The Horned Frogs (2-2, 0-1) are on a two-game skid, as they fell to rival SMU 42-34 on Sept. 25. TCU is trying to avoid its first three-game losing streak since October 2018.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” TCU junior quarterback Max Duggan said. “Going in two weeks straight with a loss is going to suck, but nobody is going to feel bad for us. Texas Tech isn’t going to feel sorry for us.”

Nor are the Red Raiders likely to underestimate TCU.

In a strange series that saw the home team lose five games in a row until last season, TCU has won five of the past seven meetings, including the past three in Lubbock. Last year in Fort Worth, Duggan ran wild in a 34-18 triumph with 154 rushing yards and three touchdowns — featuring an 81-yard backbreaker in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

That was part of a 270-yard rushing performance by the Horned Frogs, whose offensive coordinator that day was Sonny Cumbie. He left in the offseason to take the same spot at Texas Tech, his alma mater.

“That will be, I’m sure, a storyline in the media all week,” third-year Red Raiders coach Matt Wells said of the connection. “It really doesn’t need to be. This game is about the players. Certainly, he was part of that (TCU) offense for seven years, so they’re not going to completely change. I think you see some things that are similar in ours to theirs.”

Henry Colombi will start at quarterback for Texas Tech with Tyler Shough out several more weeks with a broken collarbone. While filling in the past two weeks, Colombi threw for a combined 590 yards with three touchdown passes and one interception.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson yells to his team during the first half against the California Golden Bears of the game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

SMU takes charge in second half, holds off TCU

Tanner Mordecai tossed four touchdown passes while Ulysses Bentley IV rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown as visiting SMU defeated TCU 42-34 on Saturday at Fort Worth, Texas, in the 100th meeting between the teams.

Mordecai, entered leading FBS with 16 touchdown passes, bolstered his total with scoring strikes to four different receivers: Danny Gray, Reggie Roberson Jr., Rashee Rice and Jordan Kerley. Mordecai added his first rushing TD this season and passed for 245 yards.

Bentley paced a dominating ground attack for the Mustangs (4-0) that generated 350 yards. Tre Siggers chipped in 110 rushing yards as SMU amassed 595 total yards and averaged 7.4 yards per play. The Mustangs earned consecutive wins in the series for the first time since 1992-93.

TCU (2-1) matched the Mustangs’ offensive assault prior to halftime but failed to keep pace in the second half.

The Horned Frogs’ Max Duggan passed for 276 yards and three touchdowns while Zach Evans produced 183 total yards and a touchdown. TCU was undone by an early third-quarter turnover and its inability to convert on three Mordecai interceptions.

Explosive plays helped both SMU and TCU to score touchdowns on their first two drives. Mordecai hit Gray for a 68-yard score and SMU led 6-0 on its longest play of the season. The Mustangs pulled ahead 14-7 when Siggers’ 46-yard run led to a 4-yard Mordecai scoring run.

Duggan found Taye Barber for a 60-yard gain on a TCU drive that culminated with Derius Davis’ 13-yard touchdown catch that evened the score at 14-all. Evans’ 46-yard catch-and-run allowed the Horned Frogs to take a 21-14 lead with 13:31 left in the half but the Mustangs kept coming.

Mordecai hit Roberson for a 29-yard touchdown as SMU knotted the score at 21-all early in the second quarter.

Momentum swung on the opening kickoff of the second half when Carter Ware was flagged for holding. Turner Coxe followed with a strip-sack of Duggan that DeVere Levelston recovered at the TCU 3-yard line and Bentley followed two plays later with a 1-yard touchdown run.

When TCU managed only a field goal after a 47-yard return of a Mordecai interception to the SMU 16, Mordecai answered with a 26-yard scoring pass to Kerley.

–Field Level Media

Jul 27, 2021; Hollywood, CA, USA; California Bears head coach Justin Wilcox speaks with the media during the Pac-12 football Media Day at the W Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Max Duggan (4 TDs) rallies TCU past Cal, 34-32

Max Duggan threw three touchdown passes Saturday afternoon and ran for a fourth, and the Texas Christian defense stopped California on a potential game-tying, 2-point conversion as the host Horned Frogs pulled out a 34-32 nonconference win.

Seeking to bounce back from a season-opening home loss to Nevada, Cal (0-2) scored the game’s first 12 points and led 19-7 late in the second quarter before Duggan and the TCU offense got rolling.

The Horned Frogs (2-0) got back within five on a 51-yard run by Zach Evans with 11 seconds remaining in the half and took their first lead on a Duggan 18-yard pass to Quentin Johnston in the third quarter.

Damien Moore gave Cal its last lead on a 12-yard touchdown run with 11:37 remaining in the game. But Duggan connected with Johnston again, this time from 45 yards out, to put the Horned Frogs back in front, and then ran 9 yards for the touchdown that extended the TCU lead to 34-26 lead with 5:47 to go.

Chase Garbers, who threw for 309 yards and two scores, then drove Cal quickly down the field, leading to a 1-yard TD run by Moore to get the Golden Bears within two with still 4:09 to play.

Cal went for the tie, but Moore was stopped just short of the goal line. Even though his fumble into the end zone was recovered by a teammate, by rule the ball was returned to where Moore had been tackled, and that was short of the goal line.

TCU was then able to run out the game’s final 4:09, with Duggan hitting Taye Barber for a key first down and later converting a second on a 6-yard run, denying Cal a final possession.

Duggan, who threw an interception that Cal’s Daniel Scott returned for a second-quarter touchdown, finished 17-for-31 for 234 yards.

Evans was the game’s leading rusher with 183 yards on 22 carries, while Johnston led TCU receivers with five catches for 95 yards.

Moore had a team-high 71 rushing yards for Cal, while wideout Trevon Clark turned two catches into a game-high 122 yards and a score, which opened the game’s scoring from 54 yards out in the first quarter.

Facing Cal for the first time since a 10-7 overtime win in the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl, TCU outgained the visitors 498-442.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2020; Berkeley, California, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks during the third quarter at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Cal aims for rebound performance vs. formidable TCU

Two teams that have yet to put together a full 60-minute performance hook up Saturday afternoon when California visits TCU in a non-conference football game at Fort Worth, Texas.

The Golden Bears (0-1) began their campaign with a brilliant first quarter, but then saw their offense mostly disappear in a disappointing 22-17 home loss to Nevada last Saturday night.

The Pacific-12 squad will be up against a much more formidable opponent when they duel the Horned Frogs (1-0), whose 45-3 home demolition of Duquesne had to be shortened by six minutes due to the visitors’ uncompetitive effort.

The schools have met just once in football, with TCU claiming a 10-7 overtime victory in the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl in Phoenix.

Chase Garbers was a freshman starter at quarterback that day for Cal, and now he’s a senior with 25 games of experience. He rushed for Cal’s only touchdown in the bowl game.

The Golden Bears looked like a running-game juggernaut against Nevada, marching 63 yards on 15 plays on their first possession, followed by 72 yards on nine plays the second time they had the ball.

After one quarter, Cal led 14-0, having already accumulated 76 rushing yards and a 13:21-1:39 dominance in time of possession.

But Cal didn’t score again until a Dario Longhetto field goal in the third minute of the fourth quarter, and finished the game with just 153 rushing yards. Garbers wound up with more passing attempts (38) than the Golden Bears had runs (27).

“There wasn’t any drastic changes. We really struggled to stay in rhythm after that (first quarter),” Cal coach Justin Wilcox noted. “We didn’t go into the game saying, ‘Hey, in the second and third quarters, we’re not going to run it.’”

Neither did TCU in its win over Duquesne.

Like Cal, the Horned Frogs of the Big 12 Conference scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the season. Unlike Cal, they added three more before halftime once they had the opponent down.

“It was good for us to get started fast and stay on them,” assured junior quarterback Max Duggan, who threw for one score and ran for another. “We didn’t want to play sloppy and make errors. It was a good half, and I was happy with it.”

Ten different Horned Frogs got an opportunity to run the ball, with none gaining more than 54 yards. Four different guys rushed for scores.

Aside from Garbers, several combatants Saturday should be at least vaguely familiar with one another.

Running back Christopher Brooks, then known as Christopher Brown Jr., was Cal’s leading rusher in the Cheeze-It Bowl meeting, while Nikko Remigio, who scored the Golden Bears’ second touchdown against Nevada, was the game’s leading pass-catcher.

Three years later, TCU returns running back Emari Demercado, who rushed for a touchdown against Duquesne, and wideouts Taye Barber and Derius Davis, who combined for 91 yards of receptions in the opener.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles (44) tackles TCU Horned Frogs running back Darwin Barlow (24) during the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Rattler, Mims take Oklahoma past TCU

Spencer Rattler threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns as visiting Oklahoma rolled past TCU 33-14 on Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

It was the second consecutive victory for the Sooners (3-2, 2-2 Big 12) after dropping their two previous games. TCU (1-3, 1-3) fell for the second consecutive game.

Both of Rattler’s touchdowns went to freshman Marvin Mims for 50 yards in the second quarter and 61 yards in the third quarter.

On the first of the two, Mims was wide open and fought of a tackle near the goal line to finish off the score.

The second saw Mims make a difficult catch over the TCU defense before cruising into the end zone.

Mims had four catches for 132 yards. His six touchdown receptions through his first five career games is a Sooners record.

While Oklahoma’s offense had plenty of success, TCU struggled to finish off drives.

The Horned Frogs rushed for just 75 yards on 25 carries, with 34 of those on a Max Duggan run with just over four minutes remaining. The Sooners had nine tackles for loss, including three sacks of Duggan.

Duggan was 25 of 35 for 276 yards with one touchdowns.

The Sooners had struggled in the fourth quarter this season, getting outscored 45-10 in conference play. Those late struggles led to defeats against Kansas State and Iowa State, and why they went into overtime against Texas two weeks ago despite a two-touchdown lead with less than four minutes to play.

On Saturday, Oklahoma jumped out to a 17-0 lead, capped by Mims’ first touchdown and then extended what was a 10-point halftime lead to 30-7 by early in the fourth.

Sooners wide receiver Theo Wease, who had been quiet much of the early part of the season before emerging against Texas, had three catches for 87 yards.

Oklahoma running back T.J. Pledger had 22 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown, his second consecutive 100-yard performance.

–Field Level Media

Nov 23, 2019; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley (right) greets TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson after the game at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Sooners look to extend dominance over TCU

Oklahoma’s offense isn’t as efficient as it has been in recent years under Lincoln Riley.

TCU’s defense doesn’t quite have the teeth typical of the group during Gary Patterson’s tenure in Fort Worth.

And though neither team is ranked when the teams square off Saturday, Riley’s offense vs. Patterson’s defense remains strength against strength.

“He’s one of the more creative people in the business and I think that’s one of the things that gives people problems,” Patterson said of Riley’s offensive mind.

The admiration goes the other way also.

“We’ve had some great battles over the years,” Riley said. “There’s nobody in the country defensively that I have more respect for. I think he just does a tremendous job.”

The Sooners have won the last six meetings between the teams, with half of those being one-possession games.

That includes last year’s 28-24 game, when the Horned Frogs had the ball twice in the fourth quarter with a chance to take the lead and held the Sooners to just 145 yards passing. That’s the lowest passing total for the Sooners since Riley arrived as offensive coordinator in 2015.

“They’re really sharp in what they do,” Sooners center Creed Humphrey said. “You don’t see a lot of mental lapses with them.”

The Sooners and Horned Frogs are used to being among the top teams in the conference, but with both starting Big 12 play 1-2, they’re entering this matchup in a bit of an unfamiliar position.

The winner will at least stay afloat in the conference race while the loser will be in a difficult position.

Either way, the game figures to be close.

Neither team has had a conference game this season decided by more than one possession, with Oklahoma’s 53-45 quadruple overtime win over Texas two weeks ago the biggest margin of victory among those games.

The Sooners (2-2, 1-2) have let second-half leads slip away in each of their last three games and have been outscored 45-10 in the fourth quarter of those games.

“We’ve had some major errors in some of these fourth quarters that have kept us from winning ball games or being able to separate even further,” Riley said. “That’s obviously hurt us as a team and it’s been something that we’re trying to push forward. … We see moments of some really promising football on all sides and putting that together is the hardest thing in football. It just is.”

TCU has suffered through some offensive inconsistency of its own. The Horned Frogs (2-1, 2-1) haven’t thrown for a touchdown in the last two games.

But quarterback Max Duggan has continued to be an effective runner. Duggan has averaged 44 yards per game on the ground, including 61 per game in the two games he’s started after he came on in relief in the opener.

A year ago against Oklahoma, he ran for 92 yards and a touchdown.

“You can tell he’s getting better like a lot of guys are when they play early in their career,” Riley said. “There’s no question he’s improving.”

–Field Level Media