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TCU vs. Kansas State: Frogs don't have enough

A short-handed TCU team didn't have any answers for the undefeated Wildcats on Saturday night in a 23-10 home loss.

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Offense let down TCU against Kansas State

The TCU Horned Frogs came into Saturday's game against Kansas State with a chance to shake things up in the college football world. A win over the undefeated Wildcats would have meant two unbeatens going down on the same day, making the National Championship picture even more unclear.

Instead, the offense faltered, managing just ten points and the Horned Frogs fell to Kansas State, 23-10. Our TCU blog, Frogs O War, broke down the offense's issues after the game:

The TCU offense never got clicking, as apart from Matthew Tucker on the ground (good to have you back big man) the Frogs were not able to make anything happen with consistency. Trevone Boykin was put on his back six times, went out with an injury when he had finally been clicking, and threw a terrible pick just before the half. Finally in the absolute dregs of garbage time Brandon Carter beasts into the end zone to make the score look more respectable than it actually was.

But even though TCU managed just 10 points, all was not lost on this game. After all, Kansas State is one of the best teams in the country, the Horned Frogs are still bowl elegible and at least the defense showed up to play. In fact, Frogs O War even pointed out that for the future, this team has the potential to field a "dominant" defense with much of its core returning.

So, even with the loss, the future is still bright for TCU. The Horned Frogs now have a week off to get better before finishing out the season against two ranked opponents, Texas and Oklahoma.


TCU vs. Kansas State final: Frogs lose 23-10

The Kansas State Wildcats made their claim to be No. 1, muscling their way to a 23-10 win over the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Tex. on Friday night.

Despite a head injury last week, Collin Klein was his usual, gritty self, rushing for 52 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats on the ground. Klein's biggest play through the air set up Kansas State's first score of the game, as he connected with Chris Harper for a 62-yard pass on their second possession of the game. Five plays later, Klein's seven-yard touchdown run gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead, which they would never give up.

Kansas State held TCU to under 200 yards of offense for most of the night, as the Horned Frogs only crossed that plateau with the game's outcome not in question late in the fourth quarter. A K-State fumble with less than two minutes remaining gave TCU a 39-yard field, and three plays later Trevone Boykin hit Brandon Carter for a 19-yard touchdown pass. That score marked the first time all season Kansas State had given up points off a turnover.

Of note, Wildcats receiver Tyler Lockett was helped off the field with two minutes remaining, not putting weight on his left foot after he was rolled onto by a TCU defender while engaged in run blocking. His status is currently unknown.

Box Score Hero: Collin Klein, who accounted for 195 of Kansas State's 260 yards.

Rankings Ramifications: If the BCS standings hold from last week, minus Alabama at the top, Kansas State would be the No. 1 team in the country. But the result may not change voters' minds in the human polls, which both (AP and Harris) have Oregon ahead of Kansas State.

But Did They Cover? Kansas State was favored by 7 points and did cover.

Next Week's Schedule: Kansas State plays on the road against Baylor (4-5), while TCU has a bye.

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TCU game on defense, but deficit grows to 23-0

The TCU Horned Frogs' deficit increased as the Kansas State Wildcats scored twice more to build a 23-0 lead after three quarters in Fort Worth.

The Wildcats put points on the board on their first possession of the second half as Collin Klein continued to work. After completed three passes for 26 yards, Klein finished the eight-play scoring drive with a 34-yard sprint up the left side of the field to give Kansas State a 20-0 lead.

TCU's defense continued to play hard, even as gaffes by other units on the team put them in difficult situations. After Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin lost 19 yards on a fumble on third down, punter Ethan Perry booted an eight-yard punt that gave K-State an 18-yard field. But again, as in the second quarter, Dick Bumpas's defense held the Wildcats to a 27-yard field goal.

Kansas State leads TCU in total yards, 226-141. Matthew Tucker leads all TCU rushers with 62 yards on the ground, while Boykin is 8-17 for 72 yards through the air.


Frogs' defense strong, TCU trails at halftime 13-0

The TCU Horned Frogs stepped up their defensive effort in the second quarter, but trail the Kansas State Wildcats by the score of 13-0 at halftime on Saturday night.

The Horned Frogs couldn't close the gap against the No. 2 Wildcats, however, as an injury to Trevone Boykin disrupted anything TCU tried offensively. Boykin went to the locker room late in the first quarter with an apparent shoulder injury and didn't return until there were just a few minutes left in the second quarter. The offense sputtered under Matt Brown in his absence.

Upon Boykin's return, he threw two incomplete passes and an interception that set up Kansas State for a field goal try as time expired; the kick was missed.

TCU's defense stepped up the pressure, holding Collin Klein and company to just 26 yards of offense in the quarter. Even after Deante' Gray fumbled a punt at TCU's five-yard line--fielding punts with Skye Dawson on the sideline with a hurt back--the Frogs pushed Kansas State back and held them to a field goal.

Through one half, Boykin was 4-10 in the passing game for 27 yards. Matthew Tucker leads all TCU rushers with 25 yards.


TCU trails K-State 10-0, Trevone Boykin injured

The TCU Horned Frogs trail the Kansas State Wildcats, 10-0, after the first quarter of play in Fort Worth, and quarterback Trevone Boykin has left the game with an arm injury.

Boykin took a hit on a scramble late in the quarter and left the field holding his right arm near his shoulder area. Sophomore Matt Brown is now taking snaps for the Frogs.

The No. 2 Wildcats got going early on the arm of Collin Klein, playing despite a head injury last week left some question to his playing status tonight. On the first play of Kansas State's second possession, Klein connected withAllen Chapman for a 62-yard pass play that set the Wildcats up at the TCU 27-yard line. Klein capped the drive with three straight runs, the last of which a seven-yard jaunt for a touchdown.

A 31-yard Tremaine Thompson punt return set the Wildcats up with a 40-yard field on its next drive. After five plays netted only 16 yards, Anthony Cantele put through a 41-yard field goal for the 10-0 lead.

TCU was held to 71 yards of offense in the quarter.


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