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TCU 24, Kansas 23: Frogs almost croak, but Jayhawks bail them out

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Three missed KU field goals were the real difference.

NCAA Football: Texas Christian at Kansas John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

This game was pretty much an unmitigated disaster, any way you look at it. TCU’s defense forced four turnovers, but the offense could only muster up seven points off of them. Kenny Hill had four turnovers, the offensive line was a disaster, undisciplined play cost them yards, and Kyle Hicks didn’t get the ball enough.

Hicks ran the ball 18 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. He had just one reception on the day.

Defensively, the Frogs were very soft in the secondary, despite forcing three interceptions. Ryan Willis, making his first start of the year for Kansas, threw for over 300 yards on the day. Josh Carraway had three fourth quarter sacks to help the defense, including two on Kansas’ final drive.

A hook-and-ladder play on 4th and 22 would keep Kansas alive to attempt a 54-yard field goal to win. Fortunately, they would miss their third field goal in a row.

Here are four things we learned.

Kyle Hicks really does need the ball more

18 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown. One catch for six yards. That’s not enough for the guy who is clearly the best offensive option on this team. He had six second half carries. Six. Not ok.

Kenny Hill had a terrible game

There’s no way around this one. Four turnovers was pretty brutal. We can argue about the interceptions that could be blamed on the receiver, or the fumble that can be blamed on the offensive line, but regardless, he played very poorly.

The Foster for Starter train will be full steam ahead after this one, and frankly, I’m not sure it shouldn’t be.

The secondary is...something

The Frogs secondary had three interceptions today, but they also gave up 348 yards through the air and two 100+ yard receiving days from Kansas receivers. That’s really terrible.

The offensive line is bad

Penalties, broken assignments, allowing Hill to get hit, bad snaps. It was a really tough game all around, pretty much for every starter.

There’s really not much more to say about this game, other than it once again exposed some of the issues this team has. TCU has a bye week now to get things sorted out, before they go on the road to face West Virginia on October 22nd.