Pachall leads No. 16 TCU to 20-6 win over Kansas

Associated Press Modified: September 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm •  Published: September 15, 2012
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — 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.

"We were really close on a bunch of plays," said Charlie Weis, who is 0-2 against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision in his first season at Kansas. "It wasn't like the first two games, now. There were some plays we made and there were some plays we definitely left out there."

Sounds a lot like Patterson's assessment of the game.

Pachall fumbled three times for the Horned Frogs, and Matthew Tucker also coughed up the ball, each time as TCU was trying to cap off a drive with a touchdown.

The Jayhawks have forced 12 turnovers through their first three games.

"We came out a little flat," Pachall said. "We were just shooting ourselves in the foot. We felt like they couldn't stop us, but at the same time, we were stopping ourselves."

TCU rolled up 487 yards of offense, and its defense kept the Jayhawks out of the end zone — and scoreless the second half. So despite the turnovers, the Horned Frogs still managed their 25th straight conference victory going back to their membership in the Mountain West.

Not that beating up on college football's big boys is anything new.

TCU had won 16 of its past 20 games against schools from automatic BCS-qualifying conferences, including a stretch of five straight against Big 12 schools. Among the victims have been Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Iowa State — all schools that they'll be facing in coming weeks.