TCU enters Big 12 title conversation with upset at Oklahoma State

But Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium, TCU created a potential detour.

The No. 16 Horned Frogs went to Stillwater and upset Oklahoma State 44-31. Having watched TCU hog the ball for 39 minutes and rush for 238 yards, Spencer gazed down at a stat sheet through his professorial, wire-rimmed glasses and said, "The highs aren't high enough in what we do, and the lows are way too low". "But if you want to win championships, you have to get out of that phase and get into 'what do I have to do to win?' Kenny is learning that".

"I'm not bragging, we gave up 31 points, and they had more yards than we did", Patterson said.

Some Big 12 action is going to hit the nation's picture-box this weekend, as the TCU Horned Frogs are set to do battle with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Florida State also became the first team to start the season ranked in the top three of the AP poll and begin its season with two losses since 1984, when No. 3 Pitt began 0-4 and finished 3-7-1.

"Hill has jelled in their system, and they ran the ball effectively", Gundy said.

More miscues proved costly to Oklahoma State in the fourth quarter as it tried to mount a comeback.

But none of Rudolph's picks probably was as damaging as the one thrown on the goal line in the fourth quarter on a double-pass by wide receiver Jalen McCleskey.

Sophomore running back Darius Anderson, the Big 12 and Walter Camp Football Foundation offensive player of the week, is gaining steam for TCU. It was the third-most yards by a Kansas player on the ground in school history.

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"Not only does he have speed, but he's very powerful", he said. "Would you like to have it back?"

The Irish (3-1) opened the game with a 7-play, 78-yard touchdown drive punctuated by a 16-yard Brandon Wimbush run, then immediately capitalized on a Michigan State (2-1) mistake as Julian Love returned a Brian Lewerke interception 59 yards for a touchdown. Oklahoma State dropped to 3-1 and 0-1. Last week, Oklahoma State had four players with 100-plus yards receiving in a game.

Oklahoma State responded with a 29-yard field goal from Matt Ammendola to cut the TCU lead to 20-10 with 4:46 to play in the first half.

Saturday, Hill had one poor play when he sailed a pass off his back foot, which resulted in an interception over the middle of the field. As the intended receiver, Dillon Stoner, broke from the line of scrimmage, he almost collided with Marcell Ateman, who was blocking on the play.

With Oklahoma State missing the entire right side of its offensive line, Patterson's plan worked - as was indicative in that three-and-out late in the first half where Oklahoma State could have altered the narrative of the afternoon. "Obviously, we hadn't been able to do that".

If Oklahoma does manage to secure one of the top two spots in the Big 12, then the Big 12 race could come down to these four common opponents for TCU and Oklahoma State.

TCU, for all its recent road success, had never won a Big 12 Conference game in the state of Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs play Oklahoma in Fort Worth on November 11 - a week after the Sooners visit Oklahoma State.

  • Salvatore Jensen