Look, it wasn’t pretty, but it was a win, by God, and that’s all the TCU Horned Frogs needed on Saturday.
TCU beat Kansas State 14-13 in a sluggish affair at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Neither team cracked 350 yards of offense and Kansas State had three turnovers and a missed extra point. That missed XP proved crucial, as it came after Alex Delton snuck in on fourth and goal to bring the Wildcats within one point with 9:16 remaining. But the laces were in for kicker Blake Lynch, who hooked it wide left.
Last week, TCU lost to Kansas on a butt fumble. This week, the Frogs beat Kansas State on a missed extra point. Football doesn’t make sense sometimes.
Michael Collins went 17/33 passing for 218 yards and one touchdown. On several occasions, he missed open receivers with passes thrown behind his man. Jalen Reagor looked frustrated at times with his quarterback, which is not a good sign.
No TCU running back had more than 50 yards on the ground. Darius Anderson led the Frogs with 48 yards on 13 carries, and scored the game’s opening touchdown on a pitch in the first quarter.
Reagor was a machine, scoring on a 67-yard pitch and catch from Collins. He finished with 92 yards on three catches.
TCU allowed 102 yards on 23 carries from Alex Barnes. Kansas State hitched its wagon to the talented running back in the second half, and the Frogs had no answer. The young and injured TCU secondary also showed some weaknesses, but came through when it counted late in the second half.
With the win, TCU moved to 4-5 (2-4 Big 12). The Frogs have Baylor, Oklahoma State and West Virginia left on the schedule, and need to win two of those three games to reach bowl eligibility.
This is a short game recap, because not much happened in this game. But at the end of the day, the Frogs came away with a much-needed win, and that’s pretty much all you can ask for at this point.
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