TCU Runs Away From Kansas State; 41-20
Ft. Worth, TX – In a game that had Big 12 title and College Playoff implications, No. 6 TCU dominated visiting No. 7 Kansas State at Amon G. Carter Stadium on Saturday night in front of 48,012 fans; the third-largest in school history. It was the fourth win over a ranked opponent for the Frogs this season. TCU improved to 8-1 on the season and 5-1 in Big 12 play. Kansas State fell to 7-2 and 5-1 in conference play. TCU coach Gary Patterson was glad to finally get a win over his alma mater. "8-1. That's what we wanted to get to. I finally got my alumni on the third try,” Patterson said. “They're a good football team, I can promise that. Kansas State is a very good football team." The Frogs totaled 553 yards of offense on the night, most of that coming from a strong rushing attack that amasses 334 yards on the ground. Aaron Green, who replaced the injured B.J. Catalon, rushed for a career-high 171 yards on 18 carries including a 65-yard touchdown run. Trevone Boykin, who struggled last week on the road against West Virginia, completed 23-of-34 passes for 219 yards and 1 score. It was Boykin’s running that gave the Wildcat defense fits all night as he rushed 17 times for 127 yards and a tied a career-high with three touchdowns. Boykin says he took upon himself to come out and play better against Kansas State after a lackluster performance a week ago. "I take full responsibility because I'm supposed to be the leader of the offense and the guy in charge. I have to get those guys just as ready as the coaches do,” Boykin said. “We just decided to key on the details a little more this week. Kansas State is a great team, and now we have to get ready for Kansas.” Meanwhile, TCU’s defense overmatched the Wildcat offense, holding them to just 34 yards on the ground on 19 carries. The Frogs also had a sack and an interception for the eleventh straight game which leads the nation. Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters did had a big game throwing the ball, completing 20-of-37 passes for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns. His favorite target on the night was senior receiver Tyler Lockett, who caught 11 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder spoke volumes about the Frogs following the game when asked if TCU was the best team they’d faced so far. "It's hard to maintain a comparison, you have to understand that, but obviously based on what happen tonight,” Snyder said. “This is the best team we've played." TCU opened the scoring on their second drive after forcing two three and outs on Kansas State, using a 6-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by a two yard touchdown run by Boykin. Boykin completed 3-of-4 passes for 61 yards on the drive. The Frogs forced yet another three and out on Kansas State on the Wildcats’ next possession. TCU’s offense responded with another scoring drive, this time using a 7-play, 58-yard drive that was culminated with a 10-yard touchdown strike from Boykin to David Porter. Kansas State only had a total of 22 yards on their first three possessions. However, the Wildcats got on the board on their fourth drive with a 3-play, 70-yard drive. TCU’s defense had forced the Wildcats into another 3rd and long situation, but Waters hit a streaking Lockett down the sideline for a 70-yard scoring toss to bring the Wildcats to within 14-7. "Tyler Lockett is a really good player. He's very underrated,” Patterson said. “We've covered a lot of good people, he's hard to cover. He does a really good job. When you get up and score, we were able to play some coverage, we were able to double him and make his life difficult. The two teams traded punts in the second quarter. The Frogs added their fourth score of the night after taking over possession at the Kansas State 47; the Frogs’ defense held the Wildcats’ offense to their fourth three and out of the night to set up the good field position. TCU used their longest drive of the first half on their next possession, with a steady dose of Boykin and Green that pushed the ball to the Kansas State 9-yard line. Green was tackled short on 3rd and 1 on a questionable spot, but Jaden Oberkrom booted a 26-yard field goal to give the Frogs a 17-7 lead at the half. The Frogs increased their lead to 24-7 to open the third quarter with a 5-play, 60-yard drive that was capped by an amazing 19-yard touchdown run by Boykin. The junior quarterback met three Kansas State defenders at the two-yard line and dove for the goal line. The ensuing hit sent Boykin into a forward somersault into the end zone. Snyder was impressed with Boykin’s performance on the night. "I have a great deal of respect for him. I've always thought he's been a great player and you guys talked like he's all of a sudden come on the forefront,” Snyder said of Boykin. “He's been here. He's a very talented young guy." Kansas State answered Boykin’s big play on their ensuing drive by mounting an 8-play, 67-yard drive that was capped off with a 15-yard scoring toss from Waters to Sexton. TCU would promptly answer with another quick scoring drive as Green took a handoff on 1st and 10 from the Frogs’ 35 and raced 65-yards for the score to increase their lead to 31-14. Green credited his offensive line for the long run. “I just trust my eyes and sometimes that can get you into trouble,” Green said. “Luckily today I got the right read and my offensive line blocked wonderfully." TCU scored ten points in the fourth quarter, the first score coming off a 26-yard field goal from Jaden Oberkrom. The Frogs traveled 66-yards on nine plays that reached the Kansas State 9-yard line but an incomplete pass from Boykin to Josh Doctson forced the field goal. The Frogs increased their lead to 41-14 on their next possession as the offense traveled 72-yards on 9-plays that ended with Boykin’s third touchdown run of the night; this time from 23-yards out. Kansas State would get a late score by backup quarterback Joe Hubener, who rushed 6-yards for the score. TCU’s playoff path is in front of them with their last three opponents having losing records; Kansas, Texas and Iowa State. Boykin says nothing will change moving forward and he expects the team to remain focused each week. "Our operation will not change. Our coaches preach good practice habits and finishing plays,” Boykin said. “If we do it early in the week and carry it into Saturday, Saturday's should be easy."