That was a bad time for that call, but how could GP have known things would play out the way they did? There’s plenty of blame to go around, but it’s not all on him.
Gary Patterson took a ton of blame in the post-game presser, he blamed himself on that call that allowed Thompson to run for the 61-yard gain. I looked him in the eye and told him, “coach, you keep blaming yourself, but your offense only scored 17” and this was his response:
“You have to understand they are at home and their defense plays pretty well. We had our missed chances. There were dropped balls and a list of things but it still comes down to one, and before I can blame anybody else, it comes down to one play call.”
I don’t agree with the coach here; it was the difference, but the offense has got to put points on the board. As I said earlier in the week, if the offense scores 28, which Kansas State had allowed in their previous two Big 12 games, the Frogs would win. I can’t put this on the defense.
Duggan showed us something with his poise and his legs, but he has a long way to go as a passer.
“I give Duggan a ton of credit,” Klieman said. “He had shown that [running ability] on film but he’s a tough kid. He’s only a freshman. I thought he played exceptionally well. But all those things said, I think our pass defense is what really won us the football game. Pass rush and pass defense.”
Yes, TCU’s passing game struggled once again.
Duggan finished 16-of-29 passing for 132 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He had just 33 yards passing in the first half and didn’t top the 100-yard mark until TCU’s second to last possession.
Duggan was sacked twice by the Wildcats, including a 9-yard loss on the second to last final possession that severely diminished any hope of the Frogs rallying back to force overtime.
“We’ve got to get to where we throw the ball better,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said.
At least we will forever have the run.
K-State’s Wyatt Hubert was alone.
Max Duggan, TCU’s true freshman quarterback, put the ball in the running back’s stomach. Hubert jab stepped to the inside; he said he didn’t expect the zone read at all. When he did, Duggan pulled it.
Hubert was caught out, the first casualty in what would go down as one of the best runs of the 2019 college football season. He reached for Duggan, but it was too late as Duggan ran by and Hubert rolled onto the turf.
Duggan broke five tackles on the 46-yard touchdown and dove for the pylon to tie the score at 17-17 with 8:42 left in the third quarter. It wasn’t Hubert’s crowning moment, but it was coming.
“We were pretty fired up on the sideline because we weren’t tackling,” K-State senior defensive tackle Jordan Mittie said. “I think that was a turning point in the game defensively. We really got on it from that point on.”
Sure, Texas almost lost to Kansas. But this is still kind of funny.
After nearly suffering a massing home upset against the Kansas Jayhawks, despite entering as three-touchdown favorites, the No. 15 Texas Longhorns (5-2, 3-1) have now opened as road underdogs for their Saturday road matchup with the TCU Horned Frogs (3-3, 1-2), as the Horns are early 2.5-point underdogs, per Vegas Insider.