Quarterback Max Duggan had a coming out party in Fort Worth. The freshman quarterback did not look sharp in his first start last week, but he showed why he won the job by completing eight of his 11 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
If Duggan’s stat line looks a little light, that’s because he was pulled before halftime as the Frogs jumped out to a 28-0 lead. Alex Delton, who is now performing backup duties, got plenty of playing time against his former rival, and he made the most of it. Delton completed 10 of his 15 passes for 186 yards.
As efficient as the passing game was though, the Horned Frogs dictated the game by shoving down the Jayhawks throat on the ground. Darius Anderson is as dynamic as they come, and he led the rush attack with 18 carries for 115 yards and a score. In all, TCU put up 319 rush yards with 10 difference carriers.
For the Jayhawks, their up and down play continues. Carter Stanley had come on with the inclusion of the run-pass option, but he wasn’t able to get much done against the Frog’s defense. He completed just 12 of his 29 passes for 84 yards and a score. The Jayhawk’s rush attack wasn’t any more effective. Pooka Williams was only able to pick up 12 yards on 8 touches.
To make matters worse. Khalil Herbert didn’t play. Les Miles said after the game that he doesn’t want to talk about a player’s personal reasons for sitting out, but it appears the Herbert may be opting for a redshirt and eventual transfer. That’s a big loss for Kansas. Herbert is the Jayhawks leading rusher, despite having fewer carries than Williams. Herbert was averaging 8.9 yards per carry.
We will have more on this game with the full recap, and we will monitor the Herbert situation. For now though, TCU looked like a different team coming off last week’s loss, and showed they can’t be counted out from Big 12 contention just yet. Especially if Duggan continues to develop.