The Frogs look to carry the momentum from the 50-7 thrashing of Texas last week into this week’s road showdown with a feisty Kansas State team.
“They’re a tough football team, very tough at home, very physical, and they’re going to make you beat them,” head coach Gary Patterson said.
Last year, TCU beat Kansas State in Fort Worth 41-20 on the strength of a monster performance from All-Big 12 quarterback Trevone Boykin. Boykin accounted for 219 yards passing, a passing touchdown and a career best 123 yards on the ground with three rushing touchdowns.
For the Frogs to win again this year, they will need more of the same from Boykin with the defense still down several starters. The strong effort against the Longhorns last week dropped the Frogs’ points allowed average to a modest 24.
However, Patterson still sees room for improvement.
“We missed too many tackles,” Patterson said. “We’ve got to tackle better.”
Specifically, Patterson would love to see the defense decrease the unusually high number of missed tackles that occurred in the win against Texas.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had 22 missed tackles in my lifetime here,” Patterson said. “A lot of that is youth, but we’ve got to tackle better.”
As for Kansas State, the Wildcats are coming off a heartbreaking 36-34 loss at the hands of No. 20 Oklahoma State. Quarterback Joe Hubener suffered an injury, forcing the Wildcats to use wide receiver Kody Cook at quarterback.
Cook threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, but Hubener is healthy and set to start this week against the Frogs.
After seeing teammates Boykin and wide receiver Josh Doctson set TCU career records last week, kicker Jaden Oberkrom is looking to etch his name into the TCU all-time record books.
Oberkrom has 64 career field goals, which is the most out of all active players nationally. He is two field goals away from breaking of Nick Browne’s TCU career record of 65.
Patterson and Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder each lead their respective programs in career wins. Patterson has 137 coaching wins in his 15 seasons with the Horned Frogs, and Snyder has 190 coaching wins in his 24 seasons with the Wildcats.
Patterson will return to his alma mater, Kansas State, where he played linebacker and safety for the Wildcats from 1980-1981.
The Frogs and Wildcats are meeting for the ninth time in their history with a tied series at 4-4. The Horned Frogs are 1-3 in Manhattan, with their lone win coming in 1985.