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.
HOW THEY SCORED
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).
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).
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).
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).