TCU hangs on to defeat Kansas 24-23

KU Jayhawks (KSN Image)
KU Jayhawks (KSN Image)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Kenny Hill completed 17 of 32 passes for 206 yards with one touchdown pass and one rushing score to help TCU narrowly escape Kansas 24-23 on Saturday.

Kansas took a 23-14 lead late in the third quarter on Ryan Willis’ 21-yard touchdown. But TCU answered early in the fourth.

On third-and-12 in its own territory, Hill scrambled and fumbled, but he picked it up and darted around the field for a gain of 34 yards. A facemask penalty added 15 extra yards to put TCU in scoring position. Two plays later, Hill connected with Jaelan Austin for the touchdown to put the Horned Frogs within 23-21.

Kansas had two good scoring chances in the fourth quarter, but went wide right and wide left on two field-goal opportunities.

With under four minutes remaining, TCU pieced together a 59-yard drive to tack on a field goal to take the lead at 24-23.

Kansas had 81 seconds to make something happen.

Willis was sacked on back-to-back plays to put Kansas in a tough spot on third-and-23 at the Kansas 30-yard line. Willis avoided getting sacked for a third straight down and ran the ball out of bounds. On fourth down, Willis threw the ball to Steven Sims, who lateraled it to Bobby Hartzog. Kansas had the first down and was in TCU territory.

But Matthew Wyman missed a 54-yard field goal.

Kyle Hicks carried it 18 times for 104 yards and one touchdown for TCU (4-2, 2-1 Big 12). Hill threw three interceptions.

Willis was 31 of 45 for 348 yards with three interceptions for Kansas (1-4, 0-2), LaQuvionte Gonzalez had 131 yards receiving and Sims added 101 yards receiving


TCU: Hill’s three picks tied a career high.

Kansas: The Jayhawks have 17 turnovers through five games.


TCU: After a bye week, the Horned Frogs play at West Virginia on Oct. 22.

Kansas: Plays at Baylor next Saturday.