FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU receiver Derius Davis was working to return again for the ball when he noticed Max Duggan below stress. The quarterback had a unique concept.
”I noticed him throw it,” Davis stated. ”So I simply rotated and ran as quick as I might and there was the ball.”
Darius caught the cross in stride close to the 25 and completed off the go-ahead 71-yard landing halfway by means of the fourth quarter earlier than the Horned Frogs held on for a 29-22 victory over No. 19 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Duggan accounted for 369 complete yards and three touchdowns, together with two scores on the bottom whereas operating for 104 yards. The Horned Frogs (5-4, 5-4 Massive 12) wrapped up convention play with a successful file after beginning the season 1-3.
TCU overcame 5 turnovers (4 fumbles and an interception), the final when Duggan acquired stripped for a fumble after the go-ahead landing. The Horned Frogs protection had an interception and a fourth-down cease when Oklahoma State twice was within the crimson zone within the fourth quarter.
”We have simply been getting higher each week,” TCU coach Gary Patterson stated. ”You bought to have a bit of luck and make a few performs.”
Oklahoma State (6-3, 5-3) was driving for a tying landing when when Trevon Moehrig made a one-handed interception of a deflected cross in the long run zone, and TCU’s fourth-down cease after Duggan’s fumble got here with 2:18 left.
”They bail us out so much. We put them in powerful positions they usually stood their floor,” Duggan stated.
Oklahoma State (6-3, 5-3), with a make-up recreation remaining at Baylor, wasn’t essentially eradicated from making the Massive 12 championship recreation in two weeks, however would wish loads of assist to get there after a 4-0 begin to the season.
”Typically targets fall out of attain, and you’ve got simply acquired to maintain working,” stated Cowboys defensive finish Brock Martin, who returned a fumble 42 yards for the sport’s first landing.
”We have some younger children on the market, taking part in with three freshmen on the offensive line, we’re down six starters on offense from day one,” coach Mike Gundy stated. ”We’re a bit of totally different group proper now than we had been after we began towards Tulsa.”
Moehrig’s interception at the back of the tip zone got here when Spencer Sanders’ excessive cross deflected off the fingers of 6-foot-7 Jelani Woods. Duggan then fumbled when Amen Ogbongbemiga stripped the ball from him on the TCU 26, however Sanders was below excessive stress and threw an incompletion on fourth down.
Oklahoma State nonetheless had one other shot after TCU did not get a primary right down to run out the clock, however Sanders’ desperation cross on the ultimate play of the sport fell incomplete in a crowd close to the purpose line. Sanders completed 16-of-34 passing for 248 yards.
After a 1-yard TD keeper within the first half, Duggan acquired his second dashing rating when he faked a handoff and went 42 yards on a fourth-and-1 play, shedding a defender close to the 25 on the opening drove of the second half.
”We’re taking part in actually good protection, however we’re giving up two or three massive performs every recreation, which is permitting them to attain factors on us,” Gundy stated. ”So we have started working exhausting and attempt to reduce massive performs.”
PLAYING AT HOME
Tylan Wallace, the Oklahoma State senior taking part in in his hometown, had a 55-yard TD catch on the finish of the third quarter to place the Cowboys up 22-21. He completed with seven catches for 92 yards.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys led 13-0 within the first quarter, together with Martin’s fumble return. JUCO switch operating again Dezmon Jackson ran for 118 yards on 29 carries in his second begin in a row for injured backs Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown. Jackson ran 36 instances for Massive 12-high 235 yards and three touchdowns towards Texas Tech final week.
TCU: The successful Massive 12 file in Patterson’s twentieth season got here with a comparatively younger group after they going 3-6 final season. ”Typically you add by subtraction,” Patterson stated. ”I feel a few of our youthful gamers are having to play they usually’re taking part in for one another on either side of the ball. … It has simply been a tremendous final six weeks, let me simply say that to you.” … Even with Duggan solely 12-of-26 passing, TCU had two 100-yard receivers: Davis (six catches, 139 yards) and Quentin Johnson (three catches, 114 yards).
Oklahoma State will certainly fall just a few spots, and presumably all out of the best way out when the brand new Prime 25 comes out Sunday.
Oklahoma State performs its common season finale subsequent Saturday evening at Baylor, a recreation initially scheduled Oct. 17.
TCU finishes its common season with subsequent Saturday evening towards Louisiana Tech, a non-conference residence recreation added simply this week.
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