The TCU football team (2-0) beat Kansas 20-6 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan. The Horned Frogs’ win over the Jayhawks (1-2) was their first as a member of the Big 12 conference.
Here are some quick highlights from the game:
Missed opportunities. The TCU offense had back-to-back turnovers early in the game. Pachall drove the Frogs down to the KU nine-yard-line on their first possession before a wild snap went past him and was recovered by the Jayhawks’ Josh Williams. KU kicker Ron Doherty would make a 37-yard field goal to give the Jayhawks the early lead. On the Frogs’ next possession, the offense marched down to the KU 33-yard-line before Pachall fumbled after getting sacked.
But TCU would get the ball right back when safety Sam Carter intercepted KU quarterback Dayne Crist. Four plays later, Pachall hit Brandon Carter for an 8-yard score.
Later, in the fourth quarter, Pachall dove toward the goal line but fumbled the ball out the back of the end zone, leading to a touchback.
Pachall’s perfect streak broken. Pachall’s first incompletion of the season came in the second quarter Saturday. The junior started the game 5-for-5 before an intended pass to Josh Boyce was batted down. Still, despite the pair of fumbles, Pachall remained pretty consistent through the air the rest of the game, finishing 24-of-30 for 335 yards and two touchdowns.
Carter has big game. Brandon Carter gave TCU its first score as a member of the Big 12, an 8-yard touchdown catch from Pachall in the first quarter. Carter also scored on a 25-yard catch in the third quarter. The sophomore finished with eight catches for 141 yards.
James, Tucker pace running game. Neither Matthew Tucker nor Waymon James crossed the 100-yard mark Saturday on the ground, but both guys provided the TCU offense with plenty of steady gains. Both had 12 carries. James led the team with 99 rushing yards and Tucker chipped in 66.
Up next. TCU hosts Virginia next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will be aired on either ESPN or ESPN2.
TCU also won its debuts in Conference USA and the Mountain West.