Who Won the TCU Vs. Kansas Football Game? – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Max Duggan, Kendre Miller and their TCU teammates certainly aren’t fazed by double-digit second-half deficits. For the second week in a row, they came back to win and remain undefeated.

Duggan threw for 280 yards with three touchdowns and Miller rushed for 153 yards and two scores as the eighth-ranked TCU beat No. 17 Kansas State 38-28, overcoming an 18-point deficit Saturday night to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12 conference.

“Everyone is calm and it’s a good feeling,” Miller said. “When we came down…I was like we were kicking it into gear.”

The Frogs, under new coach Sonny Dykes, have won four straight against ranked opponents. Three in a row was already a first in school history, something they accomplished a week earlier at home by overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat then-No. 8 Oklahoma State in double overtime.

Duggan’s 55-yard strike against Quentin Johnston late in the third quarter kept the Horned Frogs (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) ahead. It was their third straight TD workout.

“We’re playing with a lot of confidence…there’s no sense of panic,” Dykes said. “And that gives you a chance when you still believe you can find a way to win. And more often than not, you will.

Kansas State (5-2, 3-1) took a 28-10 lead when Will Howard threw two touchdowns and ran for another after replacing quarterback Adrian Martinez on his second practice. Deuce Vaughn’s 47-yard run for his first touchdown in five games capped the fourth straight TD for the K-State.

“Proud of Will Howard. I think he played a good game of football,” K-State coach Chris Klieman said of the third-year quarterback who hadn’t played since the start. Martinez’s transfer from Nebraska and took no first-team snaps this week in training.

Howard, who has started 10 games the past two seasons, rushed for 14 yards on his first play and completed his first seven passes for 156 yards. He went 13 of 20 for 225 yards, briefly leaving the game after injuring his shoulder on a ground play late in the third quarter. Freshman Jake Rubley, K-State’s third QB in the game, threw an interception on his first pass after TCU went ahead to stay.

Miller scored on a 2-yard run on fourth-and-1 on the first drive of the second half to get TCU to 28-24, after Jared Wiley’s 4-yard TD catch ended a drive of 91 yards just before halftime. Miller scored a 9-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“Having two games in a row where you kind of come back against really good opponents, against well-trained teams, and just keep recovering and finding a way to win… That says a lot about this team,” said Duggan, who also had a 65-yard touchdown by Derius Davis on TCU’s first drive.

Several Wildcats players who were hit in their last game two weeks ago at Iowa State. Martinez was good to start and had 19-yard yardage on the first play, but was in the locker room for an undisclosed issue before they had the ball again.

“The frustrating thing is I don’t know how hurt these guys are,” Klieman said.

TAKE AWAY

Kansas State: The Wildcats had won three straight since a 21-7 home loss Sept. 17 to Tulane, a team that ranked this week for the first time since 1998. The open date apparently wasn’t enough to cure the lingering problems for Martinez and the other players. Vaughn, who missed late in the 10-9 win at Iowa State after having his leg whipped, went to the locker room during the first half at TCU but came back and made some nifty runs.

TCU: The Frogs had lost three straight to Kansas State without scoring more than 17 points in any of those games. Duggan, who lost the starting role early in the season, completed 17 of 26 passes and threw a Big 12-best 19 touchdowns with just one interception since resuming when Chandler Morris was injured in Game 1.

RUNNING TO SCORE Miller has a touchdown in every game this season and has rushed for over 100 yards in four of the last five. He ran for touchdowns in eight straight games, the second-best streak in school history behind LaDainian Tomlinson’s 15 straight streak that ended in 2000.

CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY

The Frogs could move up a spot since No. 7 Ole Miss and No. 9 UCLA, the teams they were between, suffered their first losses on Saturday. Kansas State is sure to drop some, but is still expected to be ranked when the new poll comes out on Sunday.

NEXT

Kansas State is at home to Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1) next Saturday in a second place matchup.

TCU plays three of its next four games on the road, the first next Saturday at West Virginia (3-4, 1-3).

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