Oct 12, 2020 2:30 PM

Kansas State gets 21-14 win over TCU, leaps into Top 25

Posted Oct 12, 2020 2:30 PM

- Associated Press

AJ Parker returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown and Kansas State improved to 3-0 in the Big 12 with a 21-14 win at TCU. It was the Wildcats' FBS-best 119th non-offensive touchdown since 1999.

True freshman quarterback Will Howard ran for a score and threw for 117 yards. Howard started in place of senior Skylar Thompson, who didn’t even make the trip to Fort Worth a week after getting injured in the first half against Texas Tech.

TCU quarterback Max Duggan passed for 154 yards and had a 3-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-goal in the fourth quarter.

No. 3 Oklahoma, Texas Tech and TCU came into their matchup with the Wildcats after scoring 48, 56 and 33 points respectively in their previous game. Since halftime of their win over the Sooners, K-State is giving up about 4.9 points a quarter. 

  The Horned Frogs got out to an early lead in Fort Worth, with Blake Lynch keeping K-State close with a pair of 25 and 53-yard field goals.

The 53-yarder was a new career high for Lynch, who jumpstarted another dominant performance from the Wildcats on special teams. K-State also blocked a second-quarter TCU field goal attempt, the fourth game in a row where the Wildcats have blocked a punt or kick.

The Wildcats currently lead the nation in both categories.  

Following the win over TCU, the Wildcats made their first appearance in the Top 25 of the season, jumping in at #22. The Wildcats made a few brief appearances in the Top 25 last year.

After a bye week, K-State returns to Manhattan for the 118th edition of the Sunflower Showdown on Oct. 24, when they host the Kansas Jayhawks on Homecoming.