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Texas Christian 38, Kansas State 28

(AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas - Max Duggan threw for 280 yards with three touchdowns and Kendre Miller ran for 153 yards and two scores as eighth-ranked TCU again rallied from a big early deficit to stay undefeated, beating No. 17 Kansas State 38-28 to take over sole possession of first place in the Big 12 Conference.

Duggan's 55-yard strike to Quentin Johnston late in the third quarter put the Horned Frogs (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) ahead to stay. That was their third consecutive drive to finish in the end zone.

The Frogs, with new coach Sonny Dykes, have won four consecutive games over ranked opponents. Three in a row was already a first in school history, which they accomplished a week earlier at home by overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat then-No. 8 Oklahoma State in double overtime.

Kansas State (5-2, 3-1) had jumped out to a 28-10 lead when Will Howard threw for two touchdowns and ran for another after taking over for banged-up quarterback Adrian Martinez on its second drive. Deuce Vaughn's 47-yard run for his first touchdown in five games capped the fourth consecutive TD drive for the K-State.

Howard ran for 14 yards on his first play and completed his first seven passes for 156 yards. He finished 13 of 20 for 225 yards, leaving the game briefly after hurting his shoulder on a running play late in the third quarter. Freshman Jake Rubley, the third K-State QB in the game, threw an interception on his first pass that came after TCU had gone ahead to stay.

Miller scored on a 2-yard run on fourth-and-1 on the opening drive of the second half to get TCU within 28-24. After Kansas State missed a field goal attempt, the Frogs needed only four plays before Duggan's long TD to Johnston. Rubley was stopped short on fourth-and-1 early in the fourth quarter, setting up a drive that ended with a 9-yard scoring run by Miller.

TCU led 7-0 after a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Derius Davis on its first drive.

Martinez was among several Wildcats players that got dinged up in their last game two weeks ago at Iowa State. He was good to start and had a 19-yard keeper on the first play against TCU, but was in the locker room for an undisclosed issue before they had the ball again and Howard got his first game action this season.

Howard started 10 of his 15 games the past two seasons before Martinez transferred from Nebraska.

THE TAKEAWAY

Kansas State: The Wildcats had won three in a row since a 21-7 home loss Sept. 17 to Tulane, a team that this week got ranked for the first time since 1998. The open date apparently wasn't enough to heal up the lingering issues for Martinez and the other players. Vaughn, who missed the final few minutes of the 10-9 win at Iowa State after getting leg-whipped, went to the locker room during the first half at TCU, though he did return and had some nifty runs.

TCU: The Frogs had lost three in a row to Kansas State without scoring more than 17 points in any of those games. Duggan, who lost the starting role going into the season, finished 17-of-26 passing and has thrown a Big 12-best 19 touchdowns with only one interception since taking back over when Chandler Morris got hurt in the opener. Miller has a rushing TD in every game this season, and has run for more than 100 yards in four of the last five.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter KanStTCU
TCU TD 10:42 Derius Davis 65 yd pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick) 0 7
KanSt TD 9:08 Kade Warner 28 yd pass from Will Howard (Chris Tennant kick) 7 7
TCU FG 4:49 Griffin Kell 43 yd FG 7 10
Second Quarter KanStTCU
KanSt TD 14:56 Will Howard 1 yd run (Chris Tennant kick) 14 10
KanSt TD 10:44 Sammy Wheeler 9 yd pass from Will Howard (Chris Tennant kick) 21 10
KanSt TD 8:09 Deuce Vaughn 47 yd run (Chris Tennant kick) 28 10
TCU TD 0:20 Jared Wiley 4 yd pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick) 28 17
Third Quarter KanStTCU
TCU TD 8:12 Kendre Miller 2 yd run (Griffin Kell kick) 28 24
TCU TD 3:45 Quentin Johnston 55 yd pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick) 28 31
Fourth Quarter KanStTCU
TCU TD 12:14 Kendre Miller 9 yd run (Griffin Kell kick) 28 38
Team Stats
  Kansas State TCU
First downs 15 26
  Rushing 6 11
  Passing 9 13
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 3-9, 33% 10-19, 53%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 2-4, 50%
Rushes-Yards 30-158 56-215
Passing Yards 232 280
Return Yards 101 40
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-23-2 17-26-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 4--32
Punts 2 3
Punts-Average 38 36.7
Fumbles Lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 4-35 3-30
Time of Possession 21:55 38:05
Kansas State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Howard 13 20 225 2 1
A. Martinez 1 2 7 0 0
J. Rubley 0 1 0 0 1
TCU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Duggan 17 26 280 3 0
Kansas State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Vaughn 12 83 6.9 1
W. Howard 9 31 3.4 1
K. Warner 2 19 9.5 0
A. Martinez 1 19 19.0 0
D. Giddens 4 7 1.8 0
J. Rubley 1 0 0.0 0
TCU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Miller 29 153 5.3 2
E. Demercado 8 43 5.4 0
M. Duggan 15 13 0.9 0
E. Bailey 1 9 9.0 0
Kansas State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Knowles 4 69 17.3 0
P. Brooks 2 50 25.0 0
K. Warner 2 40 20.0 1
D. Vaughn 4 38 9.5 0
D. Giddens 1 26 26.0 0
S. Wheeler 1 9 9.0 1
TCU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Wiley 5 74 14.8 1
Q. Johnston 4 74 18.5 1
D. Davis 1 65 65.0 1
T. Barber 2 27 13.5 0
K. Miller 1 18 18.0 0
G. Spivey 1 16 16.0 0
E. Demercado 2 3 1.5 0
E. Bailey 1 3 3.0 0
Kansas State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
TCU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Clark 1 5
T. Hodges-Tomlinson 1 0
Kansas State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Zentner 2 76 38.0
TCU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sandy 3 110 36.7
Kansas State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
TCU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kansas State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Knowles 2 53 26.5
P. Brooks 2 48 24.0
TCU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Demercado 1 25 25.0
D. Davis 1 10 10.0
Kansas State Missed FG
Player Length
C. Tennant 44
C. Tennant 40
TCU Missed FG
Player Length




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