TCU headed into halftime with a 14-10 lead over Kansas but the Horned Frogs were not dominating the action by any stretch.
Kansas outgained TCU, 164-155 in total yards and both teams were plagued by turnovers. TCU lost two. KU lost four.
Despite facing one of the nation’s most porous defenses, TCU was held without a point until its sixth possession of the game against Kansas. The Horned Frogs finally got on the board with a one-play, three-yard touchdown “drive” following a fumble recovery at the Jayhawks’ 3-yard line when Kyle Hicks scored with 9:59 remaining in the first half.
Until that point, the Frogs’ first five drives against the Jayhawks produced an interception, lost fumble, punt, missed field goal and punt. Kansas, which last defeated a Big 12 opponent in the 2014 season, entered the game allowing 35.2 points per game, ranking No. 103 among the nation’s 128 FBS schools in scoring defense.
For the Horned Frogs, it marked the third time in six games that the team failed to score a first-quarter touchdown this season. TCU also was shut out in the opening period by Arkansas and managed only a first-quarter field goal against SMU.
The Frogs, who finished with only 155 offensive yards in the first half, did not take the lead until quarterback Kenny Hill’s 18-yard scoring run with 1:31 left before intermission. The score capped a 64-yard march and sent the Frogs to the locker room with a 14-10 lead.
TCU managed only 14 points in the first 30 minutes despite a defense that forced four first-half turnovers, including two interceptions by safety Nick Orr.