TCU 34 @ KANSAS 30
One of the things that TCU has been heralded for this year was the new up-tempo offense under Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie. But sometimes, you have to go the old-fasioned way.
Trailing at halftime and seeing their offense sputtering under the frigid Lawrence temperature, the Frogs went back to keeping it on the ground and pounded their way to a comeback victory over the Jayhawks, keeping their playoff hopes alive.
Trevone Boykin did throw for 330 yards, including 66 that led to a touchdown on TCU’s first possession, but Aaron Green was the catalyst in the second half, running for 115 of his 128 yards after halftime.
That allowed the Frogs to get in the end zone three times in the third quarter, turning a 20-10 deficit into a 31-27 lead. It was actually the special teams that put them in front, though, as Cameron Echols-Luper ran a punt 69 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
That’s not to say Gary Patterson wasn’t willing to take a chance late. Faced with fourth and inches inside the red zone with just over two minutes to play, he chose to go for the first down rather than take the field goal – just so the Frogs could run out the clock the rest of the way.
TCU’s defense also stepped up big time. After converting on five of their first third down attempts, the Jayhawks were 1-for-10 the rest of the way, with the last attempt resulting in an interception by Chris Hackett that gave the Frogs their last possession to run out the clock.
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