TCU vs. Kansas State Game Preview

Max Duggan runs the ball against Texas Tech

Horned Frogs Go Up Against K-State

Texas Christian University was able to add to the multitude of upsets in week five of college football. This week proves to be another tough matchup against the K-State Wildcats. In the Big 12 matchup, TCU improved their record to 1-1 by upsetting the No. 9 ranked Texas Longhorns 33-31 on Saturday.

Horned Frogs Defeat Texas

Sophomore quarterback Max Duggan had a big game against Texas. Especially in the fourth quarter with four minutes left when he ran in for a 26-yard touchdown to take the lead. Duggan showed he could do it all, throwing for 231 yards and running for 79 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. The Horned Frogs defense also came up clutch. They had stop causing a fumble on the goal line to seal the victory

The Horned Frogs won the turnover battle forcing two turnovers, including the one at the end, to complete the upset. The Horned Frogs defense forced the Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger to have a tough day only throwing 236 yards on 17-36 passing with an interception.

In Ehlingers four years of college football, he only has four games completing less than 50 percent of his passes, two of them coming against TCU, one in 2019, and Saturday’s week two upset. Although this is a huge upset, TCU coach Gary Patterson is very familiar in beating Texas. Since he began coaching at TCU, Patterson has a 7-2 record against the Longhorns since joining the Big 12.

Saturday’s Game

Kansas State is coming off a win against Texas Tech 31-21. The week before, K-state was also able to pull off a big upset against the Oklahoma Sooners. Will Howard is the second-string quarterback for the Wildcats but will most likely get the start against TCU because starter Skylar Thompson was hurt against Texas Tech early. Kansas State football coach Chris Klieman says there could be a chance injured Thompson can comeback by Saturday’s game against TCU, but if not, Howard is the next man up.

Even against a freshman quarterback leading Kansas State, TCU will be underdogs again this week. TCU will have to limit the big plays to beat the Wildcats. Texas Tech defense fell victim to two big plays for over 65 yards each against K-State, which were significant turning factors in their loss.

Kansas State does not turn the ball over. In there three games, they have 0 interceptions and 0 lost fumbles. TCU will have to force turnovers to get more offensive possessions for Duggan and their offense to win this game.

TCU will host the Kansas State Wildcats this upcoming Saturday, Oct.10, at 3 p.m. in Fort Worth.

Story by Corey May, Sports Journalist Intern for Campus Live