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The Horned Frogs escaped Lawrence with a win, but how much damage was done to their playoff hopes?

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Should we have seen that coming? Hindsight is always 20/20, but maybe.

The Frogs escaped with a win, yes, escaped, and are sitting at 9-1 heading into a bye week.

The Good

For starters, TCU won. So that's good. Think of what would have happened had they lost? Actually, don't. We don't need to travel down that dark road.

Trevone Boykin completed 72.2% of his passes for 330 yards, but threw only one touchdown and an interception. However, I think we dispelled the myth that he can't throw in the cold weather.

Aaron Green, what a beast. 19 carries for 128 yards and two touchdown. In his last two starts, Green has now rushed 37 times for 299 yards and three touchdowns. That's an average of 8.1 yards per carry. If it wasn't for Green, TCU would have probably lost this game. His third quarter touchdown run was a thing of beauty.

Cameron Echols Luper showed why the Frogs have continued to trust him as a punt returner, as he pulled this off to give the Frogs the lead late in the 3rd quarter.

(Video courtesy of Campus Insiders)

The Bad

The defense gave up 418 yards and 30 points to a Kansas team that had, coming into Saturday's game, averaged 352 yards and 18.2 points per game. Now, it didn't help that ridiculous things like this were happening:

But still, it was an embarrassing performance by the defense.

Trevorris Johnson and Ranthony Texada didn't help the cause with fumbles. Texada probably saw his last opportunity on kickoffs this season, after Kansas' kicker jarred the ball lose during a return. Meanwhile, Johnson fumbled on TCU's own ten yard line late in the fourth quarter, almost giving up a lead that TCU had struggled to gain.

It was generally a bad game all around, so what does that mean moving forward?

The Playoff

TCU is going to drop this week, there's no doubt. It's just a matter of whether they drop to 5 or 6. 5 keeps them ahead of Baylor, 6 doesn't. There's still an outside shot the Frogs could make the playoffs, but at this rate, it's looking like the Cotton Bowl. That, though, assumes that the Frogs can go into Austin on Thanksgiving and beat a vastly improved Texas team.

All I have to say is that if the same Frogs show up in Austin that were in Lawrence, kiss a New Year's day bowl goodbye.