Casey Pachall’s pass was intercepted and returned 39 yards to the TCU 41 by Blake Slaughter to set up the Wildcats’ first score. Daniel Sams scored on an 11-yard run five plays later.
TCU’s defense forced a three-and-out, and K-State punted from deep in its end zone. Cam Luper’s 14-yard return set up the Frogs at the KSU 38 before B.J. Catalon’s 15-yard scoring run cut the deficit to 14-7.
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In a wild, back-and-forth quarter, David Porter gave TCU its second lead in a five minute stretch when Pachall hit him perfectly over the should down the middle of the field for a 51-yard scoring pass. It gave the Frogs a 28-24 lead with 5:43 left in the quarter.
After Jaden Oberkrom gave TCU a 31-30 lead with a 56-yard field goal with 2:13 left in the game, K-State’s Tyler Lockett returned the kickoff 32 yards and was finally stopped by Oberkrom. Jake Waters completed passes of 28, 12 and 8 yards to set up Jack Cantele’s 41-yard game-winning field goal with 3 seconds on the clock.
How they fared
Offense: TCU was in Kansas State territory five times in the first half and had seven points to show for it. An interception stopped TCU’s second drive at the KSU 30, which eventually led to a Wildcats touchdown. In the second quarter, Jordan Moore was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the KSU 43. The most vexing failure came after Sam Carter’s interception set TCU up at the KSU 33 but a false start and two incompletions forced the Frogs to punt from the KSU 35.
Defense: A strong effort was done in by two big plays to two wide open receivers. Of K-State’s 411 total yards, 153 were gained on two touchdown passes by Jake Waters. Tyler Lockett scored on a 79-yard reception after a double move beat Jason Verrett, and Tramaine Thompson scored on a 74-yard reception after Derrick Kindred tripped.
Special teams: Oberkrom came through in the clutch with a go-ahead 56-yard field goal with 2:13 remaining, but the coverage teams were shaky, as witness by Oberkrom making the tackle on K-State’s ensuing kickoff return to its 32, which helped set up the game-winning kick. The Wildcats also had two kickoff returns for over 30 yards each.
Players of the game
RB B.J. Catalon, TCU: He returned to the field after missing last week to lead the Frogs with 71 yards on 12 carries, including a 15-yard touchdown run. He also had two good kickoff returns, including one for 44 yards.
WR/RS Tyler Lockett, K-State: He had a game-high eight receptions for 123 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown catch, and finished with a game-high 190 all-purpose yards.
SS Sam Carter, TCU: He had four tackles, including one for loss, and returned his fourth interception 19 yards to set up a TCU score.
WR Josh Doctson, TCU: He led the Frogs with seven receptions, including a touchdown catch from Trevone Boykin to pull the Frogs to within 17-14.
WR David Porter, TCU: He led the Frogs with 77 yards on three catches, including a 51-yard score from Pachall.
“I’m not used to losing. I don’t think anyone is here. Everybody is sad. I really don’t know what to say.” — TCU safety Sam Carter
“Today I am not so sure that the stars did not align up right. I said at the very outset that TCU is a very dangerous football team. Defensively, they have been as good as anybody in the country and offensively they were just ready to come out of their shell. So we were fortunate to win, but we did beat an awfully good football team.” — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder
“It makes it very tough because you see how we played most of the first part of the season and the second half of a lot of games. We know we’re capable of playing with these teams and even beating them. But we have to put a full game together every week.” — TCU QB Casey Pachall on losing close games with a struggling offense for much of the season.