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TCU defeats Kansas, 34-30

  • 2 p.m., Nov. 15, 2014
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS

Jayhawks give scare but fall short against TCU, 34-30

Kansas University’s football team put a scare into fourth-ranked TCU on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, but couldn't overcome a two-touchdown outburst in 70 seconds by the Horned Frogs in the third quarter in a 34-30 loss on Senior Day.

The Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6 in Big 12) certainly had their chances, as the Horned Frogs turned the ball over three times, but they could only turn that into three points. They took a 13-10 lead into halftime after a 13-yard touchdown catch by Jimmay Mundine, and led 27-17 midway through the third quarter after a one-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Michael Cummings and a 78-yard catch and run by junior receiver Nigel King.

But the Horned Frogs responded quickly with a 24-yard touchdown run by running back Aaron Green, then Cameron Echols-Luper added a 69-yard punt return touchdown. KU had the ball at the five-yard line after a TCU fumble midway through the fourth quarter, but settled for a field goal, and never crossed midfield for a potential game-winning score.

TCU (9-1, 6-1) had 480 yards on offense, led by junior quarterback Treyvone Boykin, who was 26-for-37 for 330 yards and a touchdown. Green also added 128 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.

KU was led offensively by Cummings, who tossed for 332 yards and two touchdowns. Mundine had seven catches for 137 yards and a touchdown, while King added five catches for 128 yards and a highlight-reel score when he tipped the ball up to himself and sprinted down the sideline.

The Jayhawks will go on the road to face Oklahoma next Saturday at 11 a.m.

Box score

HOW THEY SCORED

First Quarter

12:36 — Ty Slanina 27 pass from Trevone Boykin. Jaden Oberkrom kick. Boykin marched the Horned Frogs 67 yards in seven plays on the game's opening drive and completed five of six passes while also converting a third-and-one with a one-yard run to set up the score. The only incompletion on the drive was caught by a ball boy on the sideline. (TCU 7, KU 0).

6:49 — Corey Avery 2 run. Kick blocked. The Jayhawks benefited from a roughing the punter, a fourth down pass from T.J. Millweard to Trent Smiley on a bobbled snap on a field goal try and pass from Michael Cummings to Nick Harwell that was thrown behind him and batted into the air by TCU DB Sam Carter. Those three wacky plays set up Avery's easy TD run. To top it all off, the extra point was blocked. (TCU 7, KU 6).

Second Quarter

12:02 — Jimmay Mundine 13 pass from Michael Cummings. Matthew Wyman kick. After the KU defense held TCU on a fourth-and-one try deep in the Kansas end, the KU offense put together its second lengthy drive of the day, marching 89 yards in 14 plays and 6:18 to claim the lead. Cummings hit Mundine for 50 yards on three passes on the drive and also scrambled for 18 yards and a first down to kickstart the drive. (KU 13, TCU 7).

3:41 — Jaden Oberkrom 24 field goal. The KU defense once again stood tall in the red zone, with Jake Love picking up a sack, JaCorey Shepherd picking up a pass break-up and the rest of the defense keeping Boykin bottled up and everything in front of them. The TCU scoring drive spanned 32 yards in seven plays and 2:47. (KU 13, TCU 10).

Third Quarter

12:02 — Michael Cummings 1 run. Wyman kick. The Jayhawks picked up right where they left off on the opening drive of the second half, marching 82 yards in six plays and 2:54 to build a 10-point lead. The big play on the drive came on a second and 10, when Cummings hit Mundine with a short pass and the senior tight end did the rest, racing 67 yards down to the 2 to set up the score. (KU 20, TCU 10).

8:47 — Aaron Green 3 run. Oberkrom kick. After falling behind by two scores for the first time, the Frogs answered with a nine-play, 72-yard drive that took 3:08 and featured another 5-of-6 passing effort from Boykin, who ran the option perfectly and pitched to Green, who walked in untouched, on the touchdown. (KU 20, TCU 17).

8:27 — Nigel King 78 pass from Cummings. Wyman kick. Just 20 seconds after TCU answered the Jayhawks' second-half score, King caught a pass from Cummings after tipping the ball in the air twice to himself and then out-running the TCU secondary as it gave chase. (KU 27, TCU 17).

3:48 — Aaron Green 24 run. Oberkrom kick. Green carried the ball just once on the Frogs' much-needed scoring drive but made it count, slipping through the middle of the Kansas defense and sprinting untouched into the end zone. Boykin completed three passes during the eight-play, 80-yard drive that took 2:55. (KU 27, TCU 24).

2:38 — Cameron Echols-Luper 69 punt return. Oberkrom kick. Barely a minute after cutting the Kansas lead to three points and less than 10 minutes after fumbling the ball away to KU in TCU territory, the Frogs jumped on top for the first time since leading 7-6 in the second quarter. (TCU 31, KU 27).

Fourth Quarter

12:08 — Oberkrom 25 field goal. With a chance to go up by two scores in the fourth quarter, the Jayhawks' defense held the Frogs to a field goal and kept the lead to seven points. Aaron Green did most of the damage on TCU's eight-play, 65-yard drive, rushing for 36 yards on two carries, including a 33-yard run that nearly went the distance. The drive took 2:56. (TCU 34, KU 27).

7:42 — Matthew Wyman 23 field goal. KU's defense set the Jayhawks up with a golden opportunity to tie the game when Victor Simmons forced a fumble and Tedarian Johnson jumped on it at the TCU 10. After picking up six yards on a first-down run from Corey Avery, the Jayhawks' stalled and settled for three. (TCU 34, KU 30).

Join the post game discussion

Titus Canby

I'm proud of these guys too. As I've been saying all year, I love this team. They're playing their hearts out right now.

I'm frustrated though that it sounded like the refs were TCU's 12th man today.

Did you hear the crowd at the end of the game? They said on the radio that we only had 15,000 there, but they sounded like 50,000. I'm proud of the fans that stayed until the end of the game.

Bryce Landon in reply to Ed Noyes

I've not been on the Clint Bowen bandwagon at all prior today, but after tuning in after work to find out that KU had a chance to pull an upset on a Top-5 ranked TCU team late in the 4th quarter, I'm a little more open to the concept.

Ed Noyes

It's Bowen's job! No one could do better and he's earned it if he wants it. We honestly had a chance to win. Think about that for a minute. I'll be in Norman next week...that would be even better...lol.

Coldcoffee

Extremely proud of these kids. Would have been amazing to see a win, but this was by far way more than I had expected against a team like TCU.

Darin Bradley

Had opportunities to win. Wouldn't have run Pierson on goal line. Mann much tougher. Play calling went soft in second half.

Bobby Nightengale

Thanks to everyone who joined the live blog today. It was fun. Cool to see the football team gaining some respect. Join our next football live blog next Saturday when the Jayhawks travel to Oklahoma.

Lawkan

TCU not getting enough credit. They are winning the Big XII in just their third year.

Tdscpa in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Both?

Micky Baker in reply to Bobby Nightengale

I'm proud of these kids. I'm really disappointed that the refs were on TCU's team today.

Darin Bradley in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Frustrated.

Darin Bradley

great effort. keep building. rock chalk!

Bobby Nightengale

What's the overall feeling? Proud of how they fought against a top team? Or frustrated because of missed opportunities?

FINAL
TCU 34
Kansas 30

Bobby Nightengale

Michael Cummings threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, but a two-touchdown spurt by TCU in 70 seconds in the third quarter was too much to overcome.

Chuck Wagstaff

Wisc 52 Neb 17 - end 3

Kooky

Inexperience playing with the lead by the coaches and offense lost us a should-have-won game. Great effort. Thank you, seniors.

Micky Baker

Disappointing. TCU did not deserve to win this.

Chuck Wagstaff

Seniors

Kerby Rice

I hate to say this about any loss at all. But where we are right now against the #4 team in the nation and where our program has been this year this seems like a victory in itself. Proud of the guys and proud to be a Hawk

Chandler James

Lots of positives to be taken from this game

Lawkan in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Mundine

Darin Bradley

If TCU wins, the narrative will be how "bad" they played opposed to how tough KU did unfortunately.

Micky Baker

Cheap! Remember a couple of weeks back someone here was saying Baylor should play to the final horn? TCU isn't. TCU probably won't be in the top 4 after this though.

Bobby Nightengale

Heck of an effort by KU against fourth-ranked TCU. Who was player of the game for the Jayhawks?

01:42 left in Fourth Quarter
TCU 34
Kansas 30

Bobby Nightengale

TCU picks up a first down inside of the red zone. Kansas has no timeouts left.

Chandler James

Did anyone else think this announcer calling the game sucked?

Bobby Nightengale

Treyvone Boykin picks up the first down. TCU should be able to hold on.

Chuck Wagstaff

DON'T JUMP

Bobby Nightengale

TCU offense out on the field. They are going for it.

Bobby Nightengale

There is 2:14 left after TCU calls a timeout. First down would likely win the game. 4th-and-1 from the 14.

Darin Bradley

Will Gary make the call for the Refs again?

Bobby Nightengale

Great job by Michael Reynolds by providing the first hit and slowing Green down. Should TCU go for it here?

Lawkan

Gordon at 408 yards, new record and still the 3rd quarter.

Bobby Nightengale

Aaron Green breaks a tackle, but falls short of the first down. KU's Isaiah Johnson down on the field.

Bobby Nightengale

KU's last timeout called at 3:12. Biggest play of the game upcoming on 3rd-and-3 from the 16. A first down drains the clock, and a TD likely ends it.

Chandler James

HOLD THEM HERE

Bobby Nightengale

KU timeout with 3:17 left. 2nd-and-3 for TCU at the 16 upcoming.

Darin Bradley

That's on Cummings. Defense needs to hold to a FG

Bobby Nightengale

Sam Carter shaken up for TCU but now walking off on his own power.

Chandler James

must hold them to a field goal

Chuck Wagstaff in reply to Lawkan

Agree

Darin Bradley

Bad throw

Lawkan

you know he can't throw deep. the play calling has been stupid this half.

03:26 left in Fourth Quarter
TCU 34
Kansas 30

Bobby Nightengale

Chris Hackett intercepts Michael Cummings' pass and returns it to the 23-yard line. Kansas has 2 timeouts left.

Darin Bradley

Need to move the chains. Nothing deep

Bobby Nightengale

3rd-and-10 upcoming at own 25 for KU. 2 timeouts left.

Chandler James

should of caught it

Lawkan

I don't understand why we can't get the ball to Pierson in the flat or on a wheel route or something.

Bobby Nightengale

Justin McCay opens the drive with a 14-yard catch. Nice throw by Cummings.

Darin Bradley

Big series here. Score and don't leave time on the clock.

Brad Swisher

Well....who's gonna make a play??

Bobby Nightengale

KU's offense has struggled in the second half outside of Nigel King's catch and run. Big time series upcoming for Michael Cummings.

Chandler James

we have to have a touchdown. its make or break time

Rick McGowwan

C'mon Cummings. Put your name in the KU lore.

Robert Brown

It's all set up for something special

Chuck Wagstaff

Gutsball.

04:09 left in Fourth Quarter
TCU 34
Kansas 30

Bobby Nightengale

Kansas' defense makes a stop at midfield and the offense will have to go 89 yards down the field to take a lead.

Darin Bradley

Heeney was ready to light Boykins a** up!

Rick McGowwan

Nice D let's get a return.

Chuck Wagstaff

At the very least, we need to lock the refs out of their locker room.

Bobby Nightengale

TCU doesn't convert on 3rd-and-25 and looks like will punt from the 40.

Chandler James

Very late call

Darin Bradley

These Refs are terrible.

Kooky

He didn't reach the LOS.

Bobby Nightengale

Terrible, terrible decision by Boykin. Maybe his first bad play all day.

Lawkan

throw the flag

Chandler James

we could sure use a turnover

Darin Bradley

D line is getting gashed now.

Chandler James in reply to Bobby Nightengale

unfortunately

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Chandler James

.

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Robert Brown

I guess you'll need a stop from your defense either way, so I get your point, too.

Chandler James in reply to Bobby Nightengale

its only second down

Darin Bradley

Need a stop here

Bobby Nightengale

3rd-and-2 upcoming for TCU.

Robert Brown in reply to Bobby Nightengale

If there was less time, I would agree

Chuck Wagstaff

What is with the short kicks? Strategic failure.

Crimsonphoenix in reply to Lawkan

Holy crap.

Bobby Nightengale

TCU will start at its own 36. KU needs another few big plays from its defense.

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Robert Brown

They need a touchdown anyways, though. Why not take your shot from the 5-yard line?

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Micky Baker

I always think it's tougher to throw that close to the goal line, though. Zones make it tough to read.

Robert Brown

I think right call to kick FG. In order to win, you have to stop TCU and score again.

Bobby Nightengale

TCU with 3 turnovers and KU has 3 points off of them. Tough to win when you don't take advantage.

Micky Baker in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Yeah, or just a bad through by Cummings. Just two feet shorter and that's a TD.

Bobby Nightengale

I wasn't a fan of the play call on 3rd down. Tough to run a sweep to the outside.

Micky Baker

Why run that to the short side of the field? Give Pierson a chance to beat them around the edge!

Kerby Rice

I havent seen that play be a positive all year. and on the biggest play of the season so far.

Lawkan

Gordon up to 369 yards in the third quarter.

07:52 left in Fourth Quarter
TCU 34
Kansas 30

Bobby Nightengale

TCU's defense with a big goal line stop, forcing KU to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Matthew Wyman.

Darin Bradley

Pierson?? No!!!

Lawkan

STUPID

Chandler James in reply to Bobby Nightengale

definitely four down territory

Bobby Nightengale

Kick or go for it here? I say go for it.

Bobby Nightengale

Nigel King missed a one-handed TD by half a foot stepping out of bounds.

Chuck Wagstaff

$$$$$urpri$$$$ed they didn't review that

Bobby Nightengale

Has to be 4-down territory for KU.

Darin Bradley

Damn. That just happened!

09:07 left in Fourth Quarter
TCU 34
Kansas 27

Bobby Nightengale

Kansas' defense recovers a fumble at the 10-yard line. Victor Simmons forced the fumble and Tedarian Johnson recovers.

Chandler James

HUGE

Micky Baker

Turnover! Fumble! WOW!

Chuck Wagstaff

Must score

Darin Bradley

Bowen has to be more aggressive with these Refs. If you let them get away with crap it'll continue.

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