Give the Jayhawks credit. They made their own breaks. Coming off a feel-good win last week, they went with a fake field goal to keep their first possession alive. They had already gotten a break in that drive with a roughing-the-punter call. They kept bringing the game to TCU.
Trevone Boykin needs a play or two for his confidence. He got a big play to Josh Doctson on a deep ball to the sideline, but followed it with a poor throw on a deep post to Kolby Listenbee. He also got sacked and had a pick-six that was called back. Trailing at the half, he may try to start doing too much.
KU’s first two drives went 17 and 14 plays. But the next two were three-and-out as the TCU defense stablized itself and the game. The Horned Frogs kept their hands on passes and playing strong run defense in the first half. That let the offense overcome an interception and a failed fourth-and-1.
The TCU offense didn’t get snaps and chances in the first half — not many, anyway. The Frogs had two nice possessions to start the game, but when the second one ended on downs in the red zone, the next two ended quickly in punts. It took until late in the second quarter to get rhythm.
Impressions matter, and for TCU, it just wasn’t a good one in the first half. Or for Boykin. The opening drive was nice. But failing to make a yard against Kansas on fourth-and-1 and managing only 10 points is a bad look for the No. 4 team. The weather is not a problem. But one team and one quarterback played with more confidence than the other.