January 29, 2023

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Howard battles however unable to finish upset win

Then-defensive again Tee Denson reaches to cease TCU from getting extra yards on the play. (Archive photograph by Elizabeth Sandstrom | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State seemed to take first place within the Large 12 early on within the matchup in opposition to TCU. As Okay-State struggled with accidents on all sides of the ball, the early 28-10 lead was not sufficient to carry off the Horned Frogs.

The Wildcats began the sport on offense with a 19-yard run from Adrian Martinez however had been unable to transform one other first down. TCU quarterback Max Duggan responded with a 65-yard landing go to large receiver Derius Davis to place the Horned Frogs up 7-0.

Receiving the ball again, the Wildcats had an sudden situation. Martinez left the sector and went to the locker room, leaving backup quarterback Will Howard to return in and change him. Okay-State didn’t skip a beat with Howard, as he ran for 14 yards and threw back-to-back 28-yard passes. The second throw discovered large receiver Kade Warner on a contested catch for a landing, tying the sport at 7-7.

TCU once more drove down the sector, reaching all the best way to the Okay-State 25-yard line till they had been compelled to accept a discipline aim. Howard and the offense would go down 10-7 however would proceed to seek out success within the air. Howard completed the drive with 74 passing yards and a 1-yard speeding landing.

The offense would proceed to construct off the 14-10 lead within the first half. After one other defensive cease, Howard continued to construct off of his profession sport, throwing three passes for 55 yards with a 9-yard landing go to tight finish Sammy Wheeler.

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One other defensive cease gave the Wildcats an opportunity to construct even additional on the lead. As an alternative of dissecting the Horned Frogs protection via Howard’s arm, the Wildcats scored their fourth straight landing from a 47-yard landing run from operating again Deuce Vaughn. The Wildcats appeared to have taken full management of the sport up 28-10 with 8:09 left within the second quarter.

Each the Horned Frogs and the Wildcats would fail to attain on their subsequent drives. Nonetheless, TCU proceeded to attain a landing with 20 seconds left within the half from a go to tight finish Jared Wiley. Down 28-17, the Horned Frogs would obtain the ball at the beginning of the second half.

(Archive photograph by Elizabeth Sandstrom | Collegian Media Group)(Archive photograph by Elizabeth Sandstrom | Collegian Media Group)

TCU would come out of the half to deliver the sport inside 4 factors on a 13-play drive. On the Okay-State 2-yard line on fourth and one, Horned Frogs operating again Keandre Miller transformed the primary down and took the ball ultimately zone.

Up 28-24, the Okay-State offense drove right down to the TCU 26-yard line however had been compelled to aim a discipline aim after Howard acquired injured on the earlier play. The 44-yard try from kicker Chris Tennant failed, and the Horned Frogs took the lead from there.

Duggan lastly transformed an enormous acquire on the subsequent drive after the Wildcat protection appeared to restrict the massive TCU performs. Large receiver Quentin Johnston broke previous cornerback Julius Brents — after Brents appeared to injure his hamstring — and related with Duggan for a 55-yard landing. 

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Changing Howard was third-string quarterback Jake Rubley who threw an interception on his first play. TCU would fail to attain on the drive, however they took a 38-28 lead after stopping the Okay-State offense once more.

Neither crew would rating the remainder of the sport because the Wildcats missed one other discipline aim. 

With 4:09 left within the fourth quarter, the Wildcats had an opportunity to comeback with Howard again within the sport. Howard’s profession sport featured his first turnover as he threw an interception to TCU cornerback Tre’vius Hodges-Tomlinson to seal the sport.

Howard’s efficiency was not sufficient to earn first-place within the Large 12. Okay-State falls to a 5-2 report with a 3-1 report in Large 12 play. The undefeated Horned Frogs stand in first whereas the Wildcats are tied with No. 11 Oklahoma State at second place. The 2 groups face off at Invoice Snyder Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, in a battle for seeding within the convention.