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TCU squeaks by Kansas, 23-17

TCU receiver KaVontae Turpin makes a cut on the way to a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving the Horned Frogs their first points Saturday against Kansas. It was the first special-teams return for a touchdown by TCU this season.
TCU receiver KaVontae Turpin makes a cut on the way to a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving the Horned Frogs their first points Saturday against Kansas. It was the first special-teams return for a touchdown by TCU this season. AP

Why TCU won: The Horned Frogs won ugly, and they had to reach down into the depth chart to get it done after Trevone Boykin left the game early in the second quarter with an ankle injury. Backup quarterback Bram Kohlhausen assumed the position for the next four series of what became an offensive stalemate into the third quarter. The game was tied 10-10 at halftime, and TCU did not score its first offensive touchdown until the fourth quarter.

Under Kohlhausen the TCU offense gained just 119 yards and did not score. After an interception and a punt to start the third quarter, TCU coach Gary Patterson turned to redshirt freshman quarterback Foster Sawyer with the game still tied 10-10. With Sawyer behind center the Frogs put up three scores in the next four drives, including a 42-yard catch and run for a touchdown by fellow redshirt freshman Shaun Nixon that gave TCU a 20-10 advantage early in the fourth.

The ground game was solid for TCU in Boykin’s absence, as running back Aaron Green was a focal point, running 30 times for 177 yards.

With TCU nursing its 23-17 lead, linebacker Ty Summers picked off his first career pass with 2:54 to play to help seal the win.

Players of the game: In what might have been TCU’s worst two weeks of the season, Nixon has been a bright spot as his role has shifted from a runner to more of a pass catcher. Nixon finished with seven catches for 78 yards, and the score that gave TCU some breathing room late. He had nine catches for 146 yards in last week’s 49-29 loss to Oklahoma State. Defensive tackle Aaron Curry recorded two sacks of Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis.

Key stat: TCU’s 287 rushing yards against Kansas was a season high, as the Horned Frogs leaned on the run with backup quarterbacks in the game.

Records: TCU 9-1, 6-1 Big 12; Kansas 0-10, 0-7

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