TCU coach Gary Patterson had a simple message to Iowa State coach Matt Campbell following Saturday’s game.
“They kicked our butts. Every phase,” Patterson said. “Pretty simple. Not much more you can say to that.”
Yes, it’s a game the Frogs would like to forget. They couldn’t slow down Brock Purdy and Iowa State’s offense. And TCU’s offense isn’t built for shootouts or overcoming costly turnovers.
In the end, Iowa State rolled to a 49-24 victory over TCU on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.
Weather in the area pushed kickoff back two hours, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., but TCU had more issues than Mother Nature.
True freshman quarterback Max Duggan didn’t have the best return to his home state, as he and the offense got off to a slow start and found themselves playing catch-up all day.
Duggan and the offense eventually found a rhythm in the second half, but it proved to be too late. Duggan finished 17 of 25 for 219 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Growing pains are expected with a young quarterback, although Patterson isn’t one to accept them.
“If you want to be average, then you’re OK with it,” Patterson said. “If you want to be great, you’re not OK with it. I wasn’t OK with Andy Dalton. I’m not OK with that.”
Patterson veered into more he wasn’t OK with in the game, including another shaky defensive effort.
“I’m also not OK with 49 points and not tackling and not playing leverage,” Patterson said.
TCU’s defense struggled containing Purdy from the start.
Iowa State marched 81 yards down the field on its opening offensive drive. Purdy, the Cyclones’ sophomore quarterback, found Deshaunte Jones for a 26-yard gain on a wheel route, and Purdy later had a 44-yard run on the drive.
Purdy and tight end Chase Allen capped the drive with a 1-yard TD connection.
Purdy went on to account for four TDs (two passing, two rushing) in the game. He was 19 of 24 for 247 yards passing and rushed for 102 yards on 12 carries.
“I have to give credit to Iowa State’s offense; they’re a really good team,” TCU linebacker Garret Wallow said. “For TCU’s defense, we know it’s unacceptable to play like that. We’ve just got to play at a higher level. There’s nothing around it. Iowa State is a very good football team. They played a really good football game.”
And TCU didn’t.
Iowa State took an early 14-3 lead when Duggan dropped back to pass and lost the ball on a sack by ISU’s O’Rien Vance. That led to an easy defensive touchdown for the Cyclones, as Eyioma Uwazurike scooped up the ball for the score.
Iowa State extended its lead to 21-3 by halftime. Purdy and Charlie Kolar hooked up for a 25-yard score with Kolar getting wide-open on a TCU defensive breakdown.
TCU turned briefly to fifth-year senior Alex Delton at quarterback for the final drive of the first half, but that didn’t help much. The Frogs attempted a 57-yard field goal by freshman Griffin Kell that fell well short.
By half, Iowa State had outgained TCU 198-85 in total yards.
Things didn’t get much better in the second half.
Iowa State made it a 28-3 game in the third quarter on a 10-yard run by Purdy.
Duggan re-entered and the offense found its rhythm on a 78-yard TD drive. Duggan went 5 of 6 on the drive, finding Jalen Reagor twice for big plays. Reagor hauled in a 42-yard reception on a third-and-9 play, and then brought down a 7-yard TD on a fade pass in the end zone on third-and-goal.
But the Cyclones responded with their own TD drive.
Duggan and TCU had two more TD drives. Darius Anderson scored on a 5-yard run, and Duggan found Reagor again on a 22-yard score to make it 35-24 with 9:01 left.
However the deficit simply was too much to overcome and Iowa State scored a couple more touchdowns for the blowout victory. Purdy had another rushing TD, and the Cyclones scored again following a fumble by Reagor on a kickoff return.
“It’s one of those things that has to work together,” Patterson said. “We get a great stop, then we get the strip for the touchdown. They come back and score a couple touchdowns, we get one stop and then we let them go the length of the field and score another touchdown. Then we turn it over and get another touchdown.
“The bottom line to it is, we’ve got to do a better job of sudden change and getting our kids where they need to be.”
TCU has a bye next week before traveling to Kansas State on Oct. 19.