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.
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
Players of the game
“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.