The Horned Frog defense shut down the Wildcats’ offense for 30 minutes of play. Aside from a 70-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Tyler Lockett, the Frogs only allowed 63 total yards of offense.
Quarterback Trevone Boykin ran for a 2-yard score and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver David Porter.
Kansas State received to start the game and running back Charles Jones was stuffed in the backfield on third-and-1 to force a Wildcat punt.
The Frogs’ offense was rolling before an illegal formation penalty stalled the drive at midfield, resulting in an Ethan Perry punt.
On the Frogs’ next possession, Boykin came out firing. Long passes to Josh Doctson and David Porter found TCU at the 2-yard line, and Boykin ran it in on first down for TCU’s first touchdown of the night.
TCU led 7-0 with 6:06 remaining in the first quarter.
Defensive end James McFarland delivered a crunching sack on KSU’s next possession, and the Wildcats punted away for a third consecutive time.
A spectacular grab by Kolby Listenbee set up a 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver David Porter to give TCU a 14-0 lead with 1:11 remaining in the first.
KSU responded quickly with a 70-yard pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett. The Wildcats cut TCU’s lead in half in just 29 seconds. After one quarter of play, TCU led 14-7.
The TCU defense continued to shut down the KSU rushing game, stopping Wildcat running back DeMarcus Robinson on third-and-1 on KSU’s next possession.
TCU pinned KSU on its own 4-yard line after another Ethan Perry punt, and after their fourth 3-and-out, the Wildcats gave the ball back to the Frogs at the KSU 47-yard line with 3:56 remaining.
The Horned Frogs made their way to KSU’s 9-yard line, and last week’s hero Jaden Oberkrom kicked a 26-yard field goal to increase the TCU lead to 10.
Offensive weapons B.J. Catalon and Deante Gray were both notably absent from the first half with injuries from last week’s contest against West Virginia.
At the end of the first half, TCU leads KSU, 17-7, and will receive to start the second half.