The TCU Horned Frogs easily moved to 7-0 on the season with a complete dismantling of the Kansas Jayhawks. TCU started fast and never really slowed down on their way to a 43-0 victory on Saturday night in Fort Worth, TX. Kansas was held scoreless for the second game in a row now, and maybe even more embarrassingly, they were held to just 21 total offensive yards.
The scoring started midway through the 1st quarter when on third down from the KU six yard line, Kenny Hill rolled out to his right and found an open Desmon white in the end zone. This would be the first of five Kenny Hill touchdown passes on the night. A field goal by Jonathan Song closed the first quarter and TCU was up 10-0.
In the second quarter Hill found freshman phenom Jalen Reagor for a 22-yard touchdown strike. Reagor would catch a second touchdown early in the third quarter giving him four touchdown receptions on the year to lead the TCU receiving core in touchdown receptions. He also is second on the team in receiving yards.
The two biggest plays of the night though belong to John Diarse and KaVontae Turpin. Diarse hauled in a 67 yard touchdown reception from Hill late in the second quarter. Hill threw a perfect ball between defenders, and then Diarse took care of the rest. He brushed off the first tackle and then raced his way untouched for the score. That score put the Frogs up 24-0 before heading into the half.
The last score of the night for TCU came with about six minutes left in the third quarter. The Kansas punter boomed one deep into the awaiting arms of KaVontae Turpin. Words won’t adequately describe what happened next, so for your viewing pleasure:
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That score put the Frogs up 43-0 and from that point on the game was put on cruise control. With impending weather creeping up both head coaches, David Beatty and Gary Patterson, agreed to a running clock for the final twelve minutes of the game.
|3rd Down Eff||2-15||8-15|
|4th Down Eff||0-1||1-1|
|Yards Per Pass||2.6||10.1|
|Yards Per Rush||-0.8||4.5|
|KU – P. Bender||7/16||38||2.4||0||0||4.9|
|TCU – K. Hill||19/26||278||10.7||5||0||96.6|
|KU – D. Thompson||5||10||2.0||0||5|
|TCU – D. Anderson||12||62||5.2||0||19|
|KU – B. Johnson||4||35||8.8||0||13|
|TCU – J. Diarse||4||130||32.5||1||67|
EMPTYING THE NOTEBOOK
This was possibly the best that Kenny Hill has looked in his time as a Horned Frog. He was stepping up into the pocket, leading receivers, and converting on 3rd down with consistency. It really is impressive to see Hill do whatever is asked of him this season. To go from no passing touchdowns the week before to five this week shows a lot of maturity. He is willing to follow whatever gameplay Sonny Cumbie draws up.
Ridwan Issahaku deserves a lot of credit for his play on the TCU defense. While everyone could get some credit for holding a team to 21 total yards of offense, Issahaku stood out. He played very instinctually, and was consistently making plays in the backfield. At times it seemed as if he knew the exact Kansas play call.
You feel for the Kansas program and coaching staff. These kids are playing their hearts out, but there is a clear lack of talent in Lawrence in comparison to the rest of the Big 12. By all accounts Beatty is a great man, and has done a lot of good for Kansas in his time there, but he will need to start getting better results moving into the future if he wants to keep his job.
Despite a dominating victory, TCU left a few points out there by way of missing two extra points. Starting kicker Jonathan Song missed one, and then back up Cole Bunce missed a second. These are the second and third missed extra points for the Horned Frogs this season. It didn’t hurt them this game, but it is something to watch for in the future that could potentially come back to haunt them.
The three-man booth of Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, and Les Miles was not the worst three-man booth I’ve ever heard, but I think its clear that things just flow more smoothly with two guys up there. It also might flow more smoothly if the third person is not Les Miles. I love Les and his wackiness, but he was struggling to form coherent sentences last night.
Leaving this game TCU is heading to Ames, IA next weekend for what is now a surprisingly big showdown with 5-2 Iowa State. Kansas will head back home to Lawrence and prepare to welcome Kansas State to Memorial Stadium for their Governor’s Cup matchup.