No. 2/2 TCU Rallies Past K-State, 52-45




6-0 (3-0 Big 12)

3-2 (0-2 Big 12)

T. Boykin (QB): 20-30, 301yds, 2TD
T. Boykin (QB): 11car, 124yds 2TD
J. Doctson (WR): 8rec 155yds, 2TD

J. Hubener (QB): 13-33, 157yds, 0TD
J. Hubener (QB): 26car, 111yds 4TD
D. Burton (WR): 5rec 65yds, 0TD

TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
TCU 14 3 14 21 52
K-State 7 28 0 10 45

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin connected with Josh Doctson for a 55-yard touchdown pass with 1:10 remaining in the game as the Horned Frogs defeated K-State, 52-45, in front of 53,671 fans at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday. 

The Wildcats (3-2, 0-2 Big 12) saw most of its offensive production on the ground, rushing for 228 total yards on and scoring six rushing touchdowns. Junior quarterback Joe Hubener led all rushers with 111 yards on the ground and four rushing touchdowns, while Charles Jones added 75 yards and two touchdowns of his own. 

Hubener also added 157 yards through the air, going 13-of-33 on the night and one interception. He became the first quarterback since Jake Waters to surpass 100 yards in both rushing and passing in a game. Junior Deante Burton led all Wildcat receivers with a career-high five catches for a career-high 65 yards. Fellow junior Kyle Klein also added a career-high 57 yards on a career-high four catches. 

On defense, the Wildcats were led by sophomore Elijah Lee, whose two interceptions were the first of his career. Lee’s two interceptions marked the first time a Wildcat defender has had two interceptions in a game since Morgan Burns and Travis Green each had two last season against Texas Tech. Lee also added three tackles. Sean Newlan and Donnie Starks each recorded five solo tackles in the game

TCU (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) wasted no time getting on the board, scoring on its first play from scrimmage as Aaron Green scampered for an 86-yard touchdown run 18 seconds into the game to give the Horned Frogs a 7-0 lead. The score was Green’s seventh of the season. The run was the first of 80 or more yards given up by K-State since the 2002 season.  

K-State answered with a touchdown of its own on its first drive, capping a 9-play, 64-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run by Hubener to tie the game at 7-7 with 9:39 remaining in the first quarter. The quarterback rushed for 37 yards on the drive to set up the score. 

Doctson’s 32-yard touchdown reception from Boykin would give the Frogs a 14-7 lead at the 7:46 mark of the first quarter. TCU drove the ball 59 yards in just six plays to set up the score. Boykin went 4-for-5 for 48 yards on the drive. 

Hubener punched in his second score of the night, a 17-yard run, to tie the game up at 14 apiece with 12:51 remaining in the second quarter. Hubener passed for 50 yards during the drive. 

The Frogs regained the lead on their next drive as kicker Jaden Oberkrom connected on a 50-yard field goal to push the lead to 17-14. A 29-yard reception by Shaun Nixon set up the score for the Frogs. 

K-State took its first lead of the game at the 6:56 mark of the second quarter as Jones scored from 28 yards out to give the Wildcats a 21-17 lead. The score was the longest run of Jones’ career, bettering his previous long of 18 yards set last season against Iowa State.  

After the defense forced a Boykin interception, Jones would score his second rushing touchdown of the night to extend the lead to 28-17, capping a 4-play, 24-yard drive with just under five minutes remaining in the half. The interception was the fourth of the season for Boykin. 

A 12-yard TCU punt set up the Wildcats with great field position for a second-straight position and the Wildcats would capitalize, as Hubener rushed for his third touchdown to give the ‘Cats a 35-17 lead. The touchdown was the Wildcats’ fifth of the game, marking a new season high. 

TCU cut into the lead early in the second half as Derrick Kindred returned a Hubener interception 60 yards to push the score to 35-24. The pick was Hubener’s second interception of the season. 

The Frogs would score six minutes later to cut the lead to just four points as Green scored from eight yards out, capping a nine-play, 88-yard drive. The drive was highlighted a 24-yard reception by Doctson. 

The Wildcats scored their first points of the second half at the 12:21 mark in the fourth quarter as Hubener scored his fourth touchdown to give the ‘Cats a 42-31. Jones led the way on the drive, rushing for 26 yards to set up the score. 

Boykin would answer with a touchdown of his own with 7:55 remaining in the game, taking the ball himself for a 14-yard touchdown run. TCU attempted a two-point conversion, but the try was no good, giving K-State a five point lead at 42-37.

TCU regained the lead with just over six minutes remaining as Boykin scampered for a 69-yard score. A successful two-point conversion would give the Frogs a 45-42 lead. Boykin finished the night with 124 rushing yards. 

Place-kicker Jack Cantele tied the game at 45-45 with 1:47 remaining after he connected on a 37-yard field goal. The kick was Cantele’s first of the game. He would also go a perfect 6-for-6 on PAT attempts. 

However, TCU answered two plays later to seal the game as Boykin connected with Doctson on a 55-yard pass to give the Frogs a 52-45 lead with 1:10 left in the game. 

K-State returns to action next Saturday as it hosts the Oklahoma Sooners. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on ABC Sports.