TCU evened its record at 3-3 Saturday with a 27-17 win over the Kansas Jayhawks.
However, a new week brought forth a familiar scene at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
TCU looked disinterested again in the first half against Kansas. Again, the Frogs let an inferior team hang around in the first half. Again, the offense turned the ball over, giving the opponent good field position.
In many ways, TCU’s first half play was more of the same. Against Southeastern Louisiana, SMU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and now Kansas, TCU has played poorly in the first half.
?At some point, TCU has to figure out how to play a complete game.
“All our older guys have to [step up],” Patterson said. “At some point in time if we want to win more games than we lose, guys have to step up and make plays.”
Again in the second half, TCU seemed to wake up...momentarily. On their first offensive play, Trevone Boykin found David Porter who broke a tackle for a 75 yard score.
After Chris Hackett forced and recovered a fumble, TCU drove 53 yards for its second touchdown of the second half.
With a 24-10 lead, the TCU defense forced a Trevor Pardula punt, but Brandon Carter’s dismal season continued, muffing a punt, giving Kansas the football at the TCU-27.
“We have a peter call. Get away. Even if he tries to catch it, [Brandon] needs to be screaming, so everyone gets out of his way so he can go catch it. We practice those things. I personally think they were trying to kick it there.”
“Every time you give something back on a kickoff return or a fumble, it’s like kicking an onside kick. You give them an extra possession, and it’s hard on defenses because you give them an extra possession and then they’re right back on the field.”
After the muffed punt, Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps found Jimmay Mundine for a touchdown two plays later.
On Kansas’ next possession, TCU defense again forced a punt, but TCU gave the ball back to Kansas one play later when B.J. Catalon was stripped on a run at the TCU 37 yard line.
Again the TCU defense held, forcing a 51-yard field goal attempt. Kicker Matthew Wyman’s kick hit the crossbar and fell short.
From there, Kansas would never threaten to score again, thanks to more strong play from the TCU defense (the defense held Kansas to just 198 total yards).
Gary Patterson noted that a win is a win, and he will take them however they come.
“Any time you can win, and overall, things aren’t going your way in all three phases, you take it,” Patterson said. “Every game is a battle.”
?The TCU offense finished the game with 380 yards but turned the ball over five times. Trevone Boykin finished 14 for 22 with 173 yards passing.
The strength of the TCU defense on Saturday was stopping the run. In his first start, linebacker Paul Dawson finished with 17 tackles and was a key contributor in limiting Kansas to just 1.4 yards per rush.
“We finally got [Dawson] in the game to do some things, and he made some plays which was awesome,” Patterson said. “Both [Derrick Kindred] and Paul are really stepping up making us a better football team.”
TCU will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to take on Oklahoma State next weekend. The Frogs are playing in Stillwater two years in a row because they received Texas A&M’s Big 12 schedule, and the Aggies owed Oklahoma State a home game.