It was a bit of déjà vu for the Kansas football team.
KU’s offense was nonexistent in another trip to Fort Worth, Texas during its 51-14 loss to TCU Saturday afternoon at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Jayhawks fell in a 38-0 hole and never recovered, falling to 2-3 (0-2 Big 12) on the year.
In 2017, the Jayhawks managed just 21 total yards in a 43-0 road loss to the Horned Frogs. While the offense performed better than that in this year’s meeting, KU’s struggles on that side of the ball ultimately plagued the team.
On the game’s first possession, Kansas was forced into a three-and-out. Entering Saturday, TCU’s defense ranked No. 3 in the nation by forcing a three-and-out on 56.5% of its possessions.
TCU scored five plays later, and never looked back after that. And things just snowballed from there.
The Horned Frogs scored five touchdowns on their first five possessions, while utilizing both Max Duggan and Alex Delton at quarterback. TCU converted on its first 10 third-down attempts. KU’s defense, which was without leading tackler Dru Prox, seemingly could never get off the field.
In fact, the Horned Frogs scored on their first six drives of the contest. To put that in comparison, Kansas netted just three total first downs over that span. The Jayhawks actually failed to convert on their first 10 third down attempts.
As a team, Kansas finished with just 159 yards of total offense. The running back group, which was without Khalil Herbert (personal reasons), posted 75 yards on 18 attempts. Carter Stanley was 12-for-29 through the air for 84 yards and one score.
Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:
• The game turned when: TCU set the tone by forcing a three-and-out on the opening possession of the contest.
The floodgates opened after that. It didn’t take long for the Horned Frogs to establish control of this Big 12 clash. TCU then took a 14-0 lead on a 17-play drive shortly after another three-and-out by Kansas.
One possession later, the Horned Frogs scored on a punt return to remove any doubt about the outcome of this game.
• Key stat: Much will be made about KU’s inability to get a stop on third down in this one.
The Horned Frogs were a perfect 10-for-10 on such attempts in the first half alone. It didn’t seem to matter how many yards they needed either. Entering Saturday, KU’s defense ranked 89th in the nation after allowing 25 third down conversion on 60 attempts.
It played a part in the Jayhawks having another high number of snaps on the defensive side of the ball. KU’s defense, which played 173 total snaps against Boston College and West Virginia, was on the field for 22 plays on the first two drives alone.
Kansas finished with 88 defensive snaps against TCU in the loss.
• Up next: Kansas will play host to Oklahoma at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Sooners (4-0) rolled over Texas Tech in their Big 12 opener.
11:12 — Dylan Thomas 26 pass from Max Duggan. Jonathan Song kick. Five-play drive for 59 yards, in 1:53. (TCU 7, KU 0.)
2:09 — Pro Wells 7 pass form Duggan. Song kick. Seventeen-play drive for 72 yards, in 8:08. (TCU 14, KU 0.)
0:00 — Jalen Reagor 73-yard punt return. Song kick. (TCU 21, KU 0.)
10:54 — Darius Anderson 11 run. Song kick. Five-play drive for 52 yards, in 2:21. (TCU 28, KU 0.)
4:44 — Sewo Olonilua 6 run. Song kick. Five-play drive for 69 yards, in 2:49. (TCU 35, KU 0.)
0:01 — Song 25 field goal. Fourteen-play drive for 79 yards, in 3:35. (TCU 38, KU 0.)
12:10 — Velton Gardner 45 run. Liam Jones kick. Two-play drive for 45 yards, in 0:17. (TCU 38, KU 7.)
9:13 — Daimarqua Foster 8 run. Song kick. Five-play drive for 75 yards, in 2:57. (TCU 45, KU 7.)
3:50 — Pooka Williams 25 pass from Carter Stanley. Liam Jones kick. Five-play drive for 52 yards, in 2:03. (TCU 45, KU 14)
0:00 — Mike Collins 11 run. 10-play drive for 75 yards, in 3:50. (TCU 51, KU 14)