There are plenty of needs to address, on both sides of the ball, and the Frogs will look to address them as the bye week comes at the midpoint. But there may be some good news on the other side of it.
Hope injured difference-makers heal quickly. This cannot be controlled, but TCU needs center Austin Schlottmann (foot) and receiver/kick returner KaVontae Turpin (knee) back in the lineup for its next game, Oct. 22 at No. 22 West Virginia (4-0, 1-0 Big 12). TCU struggled with shotgun snaps against Kansas and Turpin is a game-changer. Patterson expressed hope last week that both might play against the Mountaineers.
An alert Kenny Hill fumble/scramble/first down play was the defining moment of a one point win verses Kansas Saturday.
Frogs quarterback Kenny Hill rushed for just three yards, making him short of a first down. But he also fumbled the ball, which TCU ended up recovering.
As officials sorted everything out and players and coaches from both sides waited for a ruling, KU coach David Beaty said afterward the sequence played a part in Kansas not being able to stop the clock with a timeout until the 1:25 mark.
“I thought they were about to review that and see if we actually had possession of the ball,” Beaty said following a 24-23 loss to the Horned Frogs (4-2 overall, 2-1 Big 12).
While the team, and fans, eagerly anticipated the return of Jonathan Song, Brandon Hatfield is starting to impress some folks.
“I was pretty fired up, as you’d expect. Probably my best hit of the day,” said Hatfield, who also added three PATs. “It’s a dream come true to do this for TCU.”
Kyle Hicks owned the fourth quarter. Will the OCs finally start giving him the ball more during the second half of the season?
For the second time this season, TCU running back Kyle Hicks went over the century mark with 104 rushing yards – 46 of them came in the fourth quarter. Hicks averaged 5.8 yards per carry on Saturday and proved to be TCU’s most reliable offensive weapon. The output begs the question – is 18 rushing attempts (career high) enough for the junior? Hicks is averaging nearly 5.65 yards per carry this season.
TCU Rifle picks right up where they left off, outshooting Alaska Fairbanks and the Air Force Academy.
The third-ranked TCU Horned Frogs, from Fort Worth, Texas, won the meet with a 4,709 overall total that consisted of a 2,334 effort in smallbore and a 2,375 performance in air rifle.