25 Thoughts vs. Kansas

The #4 TCU Horned Frogs narrowly escaped Lawrence, Kansas with the victory. With the win, TCU moves to 9-1 on the season.

25. Ranthony Texada and Cameron Echols-Luper were to the two deep men on the opening kickoff. Texada was an explosive return man in high school and he finally got a chance to show it in a game at the next level.

24. David Porter hauled in a 25 yard pass across the middle. The senior leader was big again today as he hauled 6 receptions for 67 yards.

23. Ty Slanina hauled in a 27 yard TD reception on the first drive to make it 7-0 TCU with 12:36 left in the 1st quarter. Slanina had a career day, bringing in 6 balls for 95 yards and the score.

22. TCU looked to stop KU on their 1st drive but after forcing a 4th down, Paul Whitmill missed the ball on what should have been a “gimme” blocked punt. Instead, he roughed the kicker. Little did I know that the play would trigger a set of the most bizarre events I’ve seen in a game in a long time.

21. Kansas drove down to the TCU 28 and on 4th and 8, attempted a FG. I couldn’t see if it was a bad snap or a bad hold, but the holder picked up the ball and found his TE for a 10 yard gain down to the TCU 13 yard line for the first down. KU would go on to punch it in from 2 yards out 4 plays later to cut in to the TCU lead. The extra point was blocked by Ranthony Texada and it was 7-6 TCU with 6:49 left in the 1st quarter.

20. Emanuel Porter hauled in a beautiful 27 yard reception over the middle and he continues to show glimpses of what he might become. The 6’4” freshman should be a big contributor next season.

19. TCU didn’t have a hand off to a RB until there was 5:05 left in the 1st quarter. Aaron Green took the handoff and went for 5 yards. He finished with 19 carries for 128 yards and 2 TD’s

18. Kansas made a big time play when they stuffed Green on a 4th and 1 play at the Kansas 11 yard line. At the time, I thought TCU should have taken the points, but KU took over and gained momentum.

17. Kansas converted a 3rd and 10 with an 18 yard run by KU QB Michael Cummings. The play helped propel the Jayhawks to a 14 play, 89 yard drive that ate up 6:18 off of the clock and was capped off by a Cummings 13 yard TD pass to Jimmay Mundine to make it 13-7 with 12:02 left in the 2nd quarter.

16. Kansas had a pick six on the next drive but TCU dodged a bullet when it was called back because the Jayhawks had 12 men on the field.

15. TCU was forced to punt on that drive after they were stuffed on 3rd and 1 but the defense turned around and forced KU to go 3 and out. When the Frogs got the ball back, Josh Docston hauled in a 38 yard pass from Boykin to put the Frogs in business at the KU 42 yard line.

14. After finding themselves in great field position after the Docston reception, Boykin underthrew Listenbee on a deep route across the middle and the ball was picked off by KU. It wouldn’t hurt the Frogs there as they forced another 3 and out and then pulled within 3 on a 24 yard Oberkrom FG on the next drive. It was 13-10 KU leading with 3:41 left before the half.

13. KU would connect on a 31 yard pass play and it looked like they would score again before halftime, but Paul Dawson sacked Cummings for a 3 yard loss and KU couldn’t connect on a 3rd and 13 on the next play. They lined up like they were going to go for it in 4th and 14 but pooch punted it and took the 13-10 lead in to the half.

12. KU scored on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter to make it 20-10 KU with 12:02 left in the quarter. On the drive, Cummings hit Mundine on a 67 yard pass. The 6’2” 240 pound TE broke a Chris Hackett’s ankle tackle and at least one more as he raced down the sidelines to the TCU 5 yard line. Poor tackling on the play.

11. The Frogs would answer right back when Aaron Green took an option pitch and ran in from 3 yards out to cut the KU lead to 20-17 with 8:47 left in the 3rd quarter. On the drive, Trevone Boykin passed Casey Pachall’s record for most passing yards in a season for a TCU quarterback.

10. After a false start to open the next drive for KU, Cummings hit Nigel King for a 78 yard circus catch and run TD. The 6’3” 210 pound receiver had the ball tipped by a TCU DB and then juggled it along the sideline before securing it and racing in for the score. The play made it 27-17 KU with 8:27 left in the 3rd quarter.

9. Ranthony Texada took the next kickoff and broke an impressive return, the only problem was, he fumbled the ball at midfield and it looked like the game was about to slip away. KU took over at the TCU 45 but the Horned Frog defense stiffened and forced a punt, getting the ball right back for the offense.

8. On the drive, Ty Slanina hauled in a 26 yard reception on 3rd and 20 to give the Frogs a first down. Aaron Green would then race in from 24 yards out and the Frogs cut the lead to 27-24, KU leading, with 3:48 left in the 3rd quarter.

7. The TCU defense played lights out in the 2nd half and really kept the team in the game. After forcing another 3 and out, TCU got the big play they had been looking for. Cameron Echols-Luper took the booming KU punt and returned it 69 yards for the TD. The big play gave the Frogs the 31-27 lead with 2:38 left in the 3rd quarter.

6. KU would get the ball back but they snapped the ball over the QB’s head. KU recovered the ball, but TCU got it right back after the punt; they would start at their own 27 yard line. After Aaron Green ripped off a 33 yard run to the KU 7 yard line, the drive stalled. Oberkrom kicked it through from 25 yards out and TCU led 34-27 with 12:08 left in the 4th quarter.

5. The Frogs defense would get another stop and get the ball back for the offense. After an Echols-Luper fair catch at the TCU 12 yard line, Trevorris Johnson came in and promptly fumbled the ball. He was trying to be physical as they play was strung out to the sideline but it ended up costing him and KU recovered at the TCU 10 yard line. As they did throughout the 4th quarter, the defense stiffened and held KU to a FG. That made it 34-30 TCU and that would be the final score.

4. Chris Hackett recorded an INT for the 4th consecutive game and now leads the Big 12 with 6 on the season. Paul Dawson’s sack was his 5th of the season, tying him with Mike Tuaua for the team lead.

3. Aaron Green surpassed 100 yards rushing for the 3rd time in the last 4 games and Cameron Echols-Luper recorded TCU’s first punt return for a TD since Deante’ Gray did it against Grambling State to start off the 2012 season.

2. Boykin’s 27 yard TD strike to Slanina in the 1st quarter gave him the new single season school record for total offense. He now has 3,586 yards, breaking Andy Dalton’s previous mark of 3,292 in 2010. Boykin also collected his 6th 300 yard passing day, also a school record. He passed Casey Pachall’s school record of 2,921 yards passing and now sits at 3,021.

1. It was ugly but it’s a win. TCU will likely fall out of the top 4 in the College Football Playoff race come Tuesday but the Frogs won a game on the road that a year ago, they would have lost. In doing so, they move to (9-1, 6-1) on the season and still have big things to play for. Anything can happen these last few weeks of the season so Horned Frog fans just need to hold on for the ride. TCU took Kansas’ best shot and still came out with the win on a night when they looked pretty bad.

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