If the TCU Horned Frogs wanted to make a statement to the rest of the country that they are a team that should be feared, they failed miserably to deliver that message. Kansas State beat TCU 23-10 to move into the number one ranking in the country following Alabama’s 29-24 loss to Texas A&M earlier in the day.
The final stats will show that TCU outgained Kansas State 274-260. It will also show that each team had two turnovers and each team had the ball for almost thirty minutes. Stats can be deceiving. The Wildcats scored the first twenty-three points of the game. Redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin had an atrocious first half. What did he complete, like three passes?
No, the TCU offense had a rough go of it in the first half. They just couldn’t get much going against a very good Kansas State defense. TCU’s defense was soild for the most part. After all, they did contain Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Collin Kleinto under 200 total yards (145 passing, 50 rushing). But they did give up two rushing touchdowns to Klein and that was enough for the Wildcats. The second rushing touchdown essentially sealed the deal for Kansas State.
A garbage touchdown by TCU Boykin found Brandon Carter late made the final game score look closer than it was. There is a reason why Kansas State was the number two ranked team in the country heading into this game. They have a fantastic defense and a quarterback who is a dual threat. Collin Klien can beat you with both his arm and his legs. TCU did a good job of slowing him down, but they needed contributions from all phases of the game and the Horned Frogs did not receive that Saturday night.
It was a disappointing loss for TCU after a big win on the road against West Virginia last week. They had to comeback and win that game. Granted, Kansas State is a far better team with a much better defense than West Virginia, but still, TCU wanted to have a better showing and build off of that win last week. They still have not won their first conference home game since joining the Big 12. Interesting that they have won three conference games on the road, but zero at home.
- October 6 (37-23 loss vs. Iowa State)
- October 20 (56-53 loss vs. Texas Tech)
- Saturday (23-10 loss vs. Kansas State)
One more conference home game remains for this season against Oklahoma December 1. Don’t know if TCU fans will see a home conference win this year. They may have to wait until next year.
TCU is off this week as they prepare for a Thanksgiving night clash with Texas in Austin. Based on what TCU has done in conference on the road, they have a good shot to win this game. Of course, we all know that their fate is written in the stars.