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Big Twelve Conference Championship: Kansas State 31, Texas Christian 28

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By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas - Ty Zentner kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime as 13th-ranked Kansas State beat No. 3 TCU 31-28 in the Big 12 championship game.

The Wildcats set up the winning field goal after TCU (12-1) had the opening possession of overtime and Kendre Miller was stopped short on consecutive plays from inside the 1.

Deuce Vaughn ran for 130 yards and a touchdown and Will Howard threw two TDs for the Wildcats (10-3, No. 10 CFP), who six weeks earlier had jumped out to a 28-10 lead early in the second quarter before TCU scored the game's last 28 points.

That was one of five games the Horned Frogs (12-1, No. 3 CFP) won when trailing after halftime. But they couldn't do it again with the chance to guarantee being the first Big 12 team other than Oklahoma to make the playoff.

TCU, the first Big 12 team to complete a regular season undefeated since Texas in 2009, could still get into the playoff. While their case was helped when fourth-ranked Southern California (11-2) lost 47-24 to Utah in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night, the Frogs now have to wait until the final CFP rankings come out Sunday.

Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark said before the game that TCU, with first-year coach Sonny Dykes, already deserved to be in the playoff.

"You look at their strength of schedule. You think about how they've performed all year long," Yormark said. "I think regardless, they should be in, for sure."

December 3, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter KanStTCU
TCU TD 5:00 Taye Barber 1 yard TD pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 0 7
KanSt TD 0:15 Ben Sinnott 6 yard TD pass from Will Howard (Ty Zentner Extra Point) 7 7
Second Quarter KanStTCU
KanSt TD 10:16 Will Howard 1 yard TD run (Ty Zentner Extra Point) 14 7
TCU FG 0:29 Griffin Kell 42 yard field goal 14 10
Third Quarter KanStTCU
KanSt TD 12:19 RJ Garcia II 25 yard TD pass from Will Howard (Ty Zentner Extra Point) 21 10
TCU TD 9:09 Kendre Miller 6 yard TD run (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 21 17
Fourth Quarter KanStTCU
KanSt TD 11:27 Deuce Vaughn 44 yard TD run (Ty Zentner Extra Point) 28 17
TCU FG 7:34 Griffin Kell 42 yard field goal 28 20
TCU TD 1:51 Max Duggan 8 yard TD run (Jared Wiley 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 28 28
OT KanStTCU
KanSt FG   Ty Zentner 31 yard field goal 31 28
Team Stats
  Kansas State TCU
First downs 20 19
  Rushing 9 9
  Passing 11 8
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 5-16, 31% 2-15, 13%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 3-4, 75%
Rushes-Yards 44-205 37-218
Passing Yards 199 251
Return Yards 149 82
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-32-0 18-36-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-28 1-9
Punts 7 5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 4-40 3-30
Kansas State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Howard 18 32 199 2 0
TCU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Duggan 18 36 251 1 1
Kansas State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Vaughn 26 130 5.0 1
M. Knowles 2 48 24.0 0
D. Giddens 6 29 4.8 0
P. Brooks 1 4 4.0 0
W. Howard 8 -3 -0.4 1
TCU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Duggan 15 110 7.3 1
K. Miller 17 82 4.8 1
E. Demercado 4 27 6.8 0
Kansas State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
P. Brooks 6 48 8.0 0
M. Knowles 1 40 40.0 0
B. Sinnott 2 32 16.0 1
D. Vaughn 2 30 15.0 0
R. Garcia II 2 27 13.5 1
K. Warner 5 22 4.4 0
TCU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Q. Johnston 4 139 34.8 0
J. Wiley 4 28 7.0 0
T. Barber 3 26 8.7 1
D. Davis 2 25 12.5 0
T. Battle 1 21 21.0 0
S. Williams 1 6 6.0 0
G. Spivey 1 5 5.0 0
K. Miller 2 1 .5 0
Kansas State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Brents 1 0
TCU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Kansas State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Zentner 7 318 45.4
TCU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sandy 5 224 44.8
Kansas State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Brooks 2 11 5.5
TCU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Barber 2 6 3.0
Kansas State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Brooks 3 66 22.0
M. Knowles 2 46 23.0
S. Porter 1 26 26.0
TCU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Davis 3 68 22.7
Z. Marcheselli 1 8 8.0
Kansas State Missed FG
Player Length
TCU Missed FG
Player Length
G. Kell 55




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