Everybody warned TCU coach Gary Patterson that his Horned Frogs had better bring their best every weekend when they finally joined the rough-and-tumble Big 12.They hardly brought their best to Kansas on Saturday. It hardly mattered, either.
Casey Pachall threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns, both of them to Brandon Carter, and the 16th-ranked Horned Frogs overcame four turnovers in a 20-6 victory over the Jayhawks. "We're just glad to get our first Big 12 win," said Patterson, who grew up in Rozel, Kan., and played for Kansas State before beginning his highly successful coaching career. "We feel fortunate to get out of here with a victory."
Carter finished with eight catches for 141 yards, and Waymon James added 99 yards rushing for the Horned Frogs (2-0, 1-0), who nevertheless pushed the nation's longest win streak to 10 games by beating up on the team picked to finish last in the conference in preseason polls.
Dayne Crist led the Jayhawks (1-2, 0-1) with 303 yards passing, but he was also intercepted once, fumbled as he was heading into the end zone in the fourth quarter, and missed several third-down throws that prevented Kansas from capitalizing on the TCU turnovers.