25 Thoughts vs. Kansas State

The TCU Horned Frogs were impressive on Saturday night as they demolished Kansas State by three touchdowns. Here are 25 things that stood out to me during the game.

25. TCU’s defense set the tone early forcing K-State in to a 3 and out. The Wildcats brought in Charles Jones to run the Wildcat formation but TCU stuffed it.

24. On TCU’s first series, the Frogs shot themselves in the foot by lining up in an illegal formation. They were forced to punt. Kansas State started the next drive at their own 20.

23. The TCU student section was unreal. They were filing in with an hour and a half to go until kickoff. They were rowdy and loud throughout the game and really gave the Frogs a boost.

22. Kolby Listenbee ignited TCU’s first scoring drive when he beat Danzel McDaniel on a vertical route. McDaniel was forced to interfere with Listenbee to keep him from pulling in the deep route from Boykin.

21. Boykin then hit Doctson for 20 yards after keeping the play alive with his legs. On the next play he hit Listenbee for 7 yards then hit David Porter for 34 yards more yards down to the Kansas State 2 yard line.

20. Boykin took it in from 2 yards out on the option to put TCU up 7-0 with 6:06 left in the 1st quarter. The drive covered 65 yards on 6 plays and used just 2:02 off of the clock.

19. James McFarland picked up his 4th sack of the season when he dropped Jake Waters on a 2nd and 10 with the big hit. The junior from West Monroe, LA is having a very solid season.

18. TCU jumped out to a 14-0 lead with 1:11 with 1st quarter when David Porter worked his way open for a 10 yard TD reception. On the play, Boykin, like he has so many times, bought time with his legs and then threw a dart for the score. Earlier in the drive, Kolby Listenbee made one of the better 12 yard receptions you’ll ever see. Coming out of his break, he slipped and fell on his route; only to jump back up and then make a diving catch to the K-State 28 yard line. Great concentration.

17. Kansas State answered right back when Waters hit Tyler Lockett for 70 yards to cut the TCU lead to 14-7 with :42 left in the 1st quarter and that would be the score as the quarter came to an end. Lockett gave Kevin White fits all night long and finished with 11 receptions for 196 yards and a TD for the game.

16. TCU’s defense held K-State to just 5/14 on 3rd down conversions and forced K-State in to six 3 and outs on offense. While K-State finished with 410 yards of offense, a few late plays really padded the stats for the Wildcats. TCU shut them down all night except for 3 big pass plays.

15. Ethan Perry had one of his better nights of the season tonight. He punted the ball 5 times and averaged 46.8 yards per punt. None were more impressive than the booming punt that he hit that Denzel Johnson downed at the K-State 4 yard line. When he’s on, Perry is a big time weapon.

14. Jaden Oberkrom had another solid night as he connected on a 26 yard FG to make it 17-7 with less than a minute to go before halftime.

13. TCU dodged a bullet right before the half. The Frogs attempted a squib kick to keep Tyler Lockett from getting a chance at a return but that didn’t stop him. He scooped the bounding ball and raced nearly 90 yards for the TD, only to have it called back on a holding call. TCU would take the 17-7 lead in to halftime.

12. Listenbee started the 3rd quarter off with a bang when he returned the kickoff to the TCU 40 to set the Frogs up in good position. Boykin then led a short but very balanced drive to put TCU up 24-7 with 13:36 left in the 3rd quarter. On the drive, the Frogs ran and passed down to the K-State 19 yard line to set up one of the most memorable plays in recent history. On 1st and 10 from the 19, Boykin dropped back to pass but with nothing open and the middle of the field opening like the Red Sea, he tucked it and ran. As he neared the goal line, two defenders converged on him but he dove over both of them, flipped, and landed on his back side. The play was both scary and exciting for TCU fans and may end up being Boykin’s “Heisman Moment”.

11. K-State showed the type of team they were when they fought right back to answer again. They drove 67 yards on 8 plays, culminating in a 15 yard TD pass from Waters to Curry Sexton to cut the lead to 24-14 with 9:30 left in the 3rd quarter.

10. Aaron Green put the game away for good on the ensuing drive. The explosive junior cut back across the defense on two different occasions, breaking defender’s ankles along the way, en route to an impressive 65 yard TD run. Green more than made up for the absence of B.J. Catalon and proved that TCU is very deep at the skill positions.

9. The crowd of 48,012 was the 3rd largest crowd in Amon G. Carter history. The 5,278 students that showed up represented the biggest number ever for the Horned Frogs. They were a huge factor in the game.

8. After TCU forced K-State to punt on the next drive, Cameron Echols-Luper was camped under the ball, calling for a fair catch. TCU would have taken over at their own 10 yard line, but a kick/catch interference on K-State gave TCU 15 more yards and they started their drive at the 25.

7. The Frogs would go on to drive 66 yards on 9 plays, eating up 4:01 off of the clock. Oberkrom hit another 26 yard FG to make it 34-14 TCU with 14:50 left in the 4th quarter.

6. TCU would add insult to injury when Boykin engineered a 9 play 72 yard drive, ending in Boykin’s 3rd rushing TD of the game to make it 41-14 with 8:39 left in the 4th quarter. In the post-game presser, Coach Patterson said that Boykin was supposed to hand the ball off instead of keeping it because they didn’t want him taking any more shots late in the game. All Patterson could do was shrug and smile; it definitely made he and the staff nervous.

5. On Jake Waters’ last drive, the senior quarterback looked like he was stripped of the ball by Terrell Lathan. Paul Dawson pounced on the fumble and it looked like TCU was in business at midfield. After it went to replay, the call on the field was overturned. Chris Hackett would end the threat later in the drive when he picked off Waters and returned the ball 30 yards.

4. TCU would run another three and a half minutes off the clock before giving the ball back to the Wildcats. With Waters’ evening over, backup QB, Joe Hubener came in and led K-State on a 5 play 97 yard drive to make it 41-20. Bryson Henderson blocked the extra point and that would be the final score, 41-20 TCU.

3. TCU outrushed K-State 334-34 on the ground and they held Waters to 7 carries for -2 yards.

2. Aaron Green finished with 18 carries for 171 yards and 1 TD and Boykin finished with 17 for 123 yards and 3 TD’s. David Porter was the leading receiver with 7 receptions for 84 yards and a TD. TCU proved tonight that they have the “next man up” mentality. Without Catalon, Deante’ Gray and a less than 100% Josh Doctson, TCU showed just how deep they really are at the skill positions.

1. TCU ran 82 plays compared to K-State’s 59 and they outgained the Wildcats 553-410. If you take away 3 big K-State plays, TCU’s defense played really well tonight. The INT by Hackett helped preserve TCU’s now 11 game streak with at least one sack and one INT in each game.

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