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November 16, 2013

Last second field goal ends TCU's hopes at a bowl

TCU coach Gary Patterson wasn't treated too kindly in his return home.

Patterson stepped on the field at Kansas State University for the first time in 30 years, but a 31-yard field goal sent him back to Texas facing a long offseason.

Kansas State kicker Jack Cantele drilled a 31-yard field goal with three seconds left to hand the Horned Frogs a 33-31 loss.

That loss was TCU's seventh, meaning it won't be bowl eligible this year. On the flip side of it, the win was Kansas State's sixth, meaning it will be going to a bowl.

Cantele's late heroics ruined TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom's 56-yard kick that gave the Horned Frogs a 31-30 lead with just 2:13 left in the game.

That was too much time as Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters led a game-winning drive down the field to set up the postseason-sealing kick.

Those two minutes capped a wild second half that saw the teams seesaw with the lead six times.

TCU had it's chances thanks to the offense, but for once, it was the defense that didn't show up.

Kansas State scored on a pair of 70+ yard touchdown passes that gashed the TCU defense, including one where Tyler Lockett completely fooled All-American cornerback Jason Verrett. That strike made it 14-0 Kansas State in the first half.

But the Horned Frogs responded thanks to a shifty run by B.J. Catalon in the second quarter to get TCU on the board.

A last-second field goal before the half gave the Wildcats a 17-7 lead heading into the locker room.

The TCU offense came out fireing in the second half. The unit quickly drove down the field and found pay dirt when Trevone Boykin threw a short touchdown to Josh Doctson.
Verrett forced a fumble and Boykin took advantage of that again has he ran in from seven yards out on a fourth-and-one play to give TCU a 21-17 lead.

Kansas State's second long pass, a 79-yard bomb to a wide open Tramaine Thompson after Derrick Kindred tripped in coverage gave them the lead right back.
It didn't take long for TCU to respond as Casey Pachall connected with David Porter for a 51-yard touchdown to go up 28-24 at the end of the third quarter.

The defense forced another Canetele field goal to keep a 28-27 lead, but his next kick gave the Wildcats the lead thanks to peculiar penalty call on fourth down.

Kansas State was forced to punt on fourth and six and the kick was perfect and went out of bounds in side the five-yard line. But the kick was negated when it was brought to the referee's attention that TCU had both of its No. 2's, Jason Verrett and Trevone Boykin, on the field at the same time. That penalty gave Kansas State a fourth and short, which they picked up and went on to take the lead on a 23-yard field goal with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter.

Pachall was efficient at quarterback and completed 23 of 33 passes, but had one interception to go with his touchdown. Boykin only attempted one pass, the one-yarder to Doctson.

B.J. Catalon ran effectively in his first game back from injury as he ah 12 rushes for 71 yards. He also returned two kick offs for 73 yards.

Doctson was the most dependable target for TCU as he had seven catches, but just 37 yards. Brandon Carter had five grabs for 36 yards. David Porter and LaDarius Brown each had three catches. Brown had 50 yards, 31 on one catch, and Porter had 77, 51 on one catch.

The TCU secondary couldn't contain Lockett, who had eight catches for 123 yards. He was on Verrett most of the night. This was Verrett's first game back since a shoulder injury.

Wildcat quarterback Daniel Sams gave TCU fits as he ran for 109 yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown. Waters completed 10 of 24 passes for 234 yards and two scores.


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