It was closer than expected and closer than the final score indicated, but TCU escaped with a season-opening 59-41 win Saturday against South Dakota State at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
In his first game as TCU’s starting quarterback, Kenny Hill, from Southlake Carroll and more recently a transfer from Texas A&M, bounced back after two interceptions in the second quarter and finished 33-of-49 throwing for 439 yards and two touchdowns. He ran seven times for 45 yards and three more scores.
SDSU held a 24-21 lead with under a minute left in the second quarter, but TCU freshman kicker Ryan Graf banged in a 32-yard field goal with two seconds before halftime to at least take the 24-24 tie into halftime. SDSU receiver Jake Wieneke was a thorn in the TCU secondary’s side all night, finishing with eight catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns for the Jackrabbits.