Frogs Garner First Big 12 Victory

TCU moved to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in Big 12 confernce play with a hard fought 20-6 win over Kansas.

Lawrence, KS – The TCU Horned Frogs won their inaugural Big 12 conference game Saturday afternoon over the Kansas Jayhawks 20-6 in front of 43,115 fans. The Frogs moved to 2-0 on the year despite four turnovers on the day, including three inside the red zone.

Patterson was happy his team got their first Big 12 win, especially with the high amount of turnovers.

"We are excited to get our first Big 12 victory," Patterson said. You can't get two without one. You've got to give KU a lot of credit, they came out and caused some turnovers and moved the football. We were fortunate to play good enough in the redzone.

The Frogs were led by quarterbacks Casey Pachall who turned in his second-best yardage total in his career. Sophomore linebacker Joel Hasley helped led the Frogs' defense recorded 12 tackles including two sacks.

Casey Pachall completed 24-of-30 passes for 335 yards with 2 scores. His favorite target on the day was sophomore Brandon Carter who hauled in a career-high 8 catches for 141 yards and 2 scores. Altogether the Frogs amassed 487 total yards on the day.

It didn't start well for the Frogs in the first half.

The Frogs only held a 10-6 halftime lead, but the Frogs missed on a few opportunities. Two Frogs' drives were stalled thanks to two fumbles. The first fumble came after the Frogs promptly marched 66 yards on their first drive and moved the ball to the Jayhawks nine-yard line. An errant snap to Pachall skipped through his legs which the Jayhawks recovered and that led to a 3-0 lead.

On the Frogs ensuing drive they fumbled again when Pachall dropped back to pass. Luckily for the Frogs, strong safety Sam Carter recorded his first career interception for the Frogs.

"It was a big deal," Carter said. "KU had all the energy and we needed something to happen and I was there to get the pick and help our team out."

Pachall later fumbled less than a foot from the goal line and it was batted through the end zone for a touchback. Kansas quarterback also fumbled at the goal line on the Jayhawks final drive.

"It's been a long time since I have seen both quarterbacks fumble in the end zone," he said.

The Frogs got things going on their third drive of the game after Carter's interception when Pachall connected with Carter for an 8-yard score to give them a 7-3 lead.

Carter was pivotal on the Frogs third scoring drive of the day as they held a 10-6 lead in the third quarter. As TCU faced a third and six, Carter hauled in a pass from Pachall and broke a tackle and raced 33 yards to give the Frogs a big first down. Two plays later he hauled in his 25-yard score.

Pachall, who was hit as he threw the 33-yarder to Carter, said the sophomore receiver made several good plays on the day.

"They brought a blitz and they gave me a pretty good shot and I was fortunate enough to get the ball out. He made a great play and he had a great game too," he said of Carter. "Last year we didn't get the ball to him as much, this year we're including him more in a game plan. That's why you're seeing more of him." True freshman Jaden Oberkrom made 2-of-3 field goal attempts to round out the Frogs scoring.

The win was extra sweet for Patterson, who made a return to his home state.

"One of the greatest things about coming into the Big 12 was coming back home," he said. "I have waited 30 years to come back here. It's special to me because it's close to my family and my uncle was a great player at Kasas and all those things are big for me."

GAME NOTES:

TCU extended their nation's best winning streak to 10 games.

TCU has not allowed a touchdown in its opening two games.

Casey Pachall has completed 34-of-39 passes this season (84.6%).

Receiver Brandon Carter posted his second career 100-yard game.

Sam Carter recorded his first career interception.

Waymon James led the Frogs' ground game with 99 yards on 12 carries.


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