Kansas football takes on TCU. Horned Frogs top Jayhawks 31-28 in Big 12 Conference contest

Jordan Guskey
Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas football's 2021 regular season continued Saturday with a Big 12 Conference matchup on the road against TCU.

The Jayhawks came in off of an overtime victory on the road against Texas. The Horned Frogs came in off of a loss on the road against Oklahoma State. A TCU win would keep the Horned Frogs' hopes of reaching a bowl game alive.

Was Kansas able to sustain the momentum from its most recent performance? Was there a Jayhawks player, or multiple athletes, who showcased the level of heroics walk-on Jared Casey did last week? Did TCU rebound and dispatch Kansas on the way to another win?

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Here's what happened, with the most recent news first, during the game:

FINAL: TCU 31, Kansas 28

TCU drove down late in the fourth quarter and took a 31-28 lead with six seconds remaining on a 25-yard field goal. The Horned Frogs drive lasted 14 plays and 67 yards and took 4:40 off of the clock. After the ensuing kickoff wasn't able to be returned for a score, the game ended.

Kansas battled back to force this late TCU drive. The Horned Frogs had led 28-14 in the fourth quarter, before a pair of Jayhawks touchdown drives. Kansas' defense just couldn't get the necessary stop to give its offense another chance at a victory.

Kansas ties it up again

After forcing a punt, the Jayhawks drove down for another touchdown. This one was a 10-yard pass to Jared Casey from Jalon Daniels, and the extra point made it a 28-28 game with 4:46 left. The drive lasted eight plays and 65 yards and took 3:13 off of the clock.

Casey is up to four catches for 34 yards and a touchdown.

Kansas strikes back

The Jayhawks drove down and made it a one-score game again, scoring a touchdown on a 28-yard pass from Jalon Daniels to Luke Grimm. The extra point made it a 28-21 lead for TCU with 9:23 left. The drive took 2:14 off of the clock and went 74 yards in five plays.

Grimm sustained a massive hit while making the grab, and appeared shaken up on the play. He's Kansas' second-leading receiver on the day. 

TCU extends its lead

After a one-yard run by Emari Demercado, the Horned Frogs found themselves in the end zone again. The ensuing extra point made it a 28-14 game with 11:43 left in the game. The drive took 6:44 off of the clock, and went 99 yards in 12 plays while featuring another explosive play.

Time of possession has been about equal so far, TCU has just taken more advantage of the time it had.

END 3Q: TCU 21, Kansas 14

TCU takes the lead again

The Horned Frogs are up 21-14 with 6:55 left in the third quarter, after a one-yard run by Max Duggan and the ensuing extra point. The drive took 4:40 off of the clock and went 74 yards in 10 plays. It included another long run by TCU, with Duggan racing 42 yards at one point.

Kansas' defense came up with three-straight, goal-line stops on the drive. However, the Horned Frogs went for it on fourth down and scored their touchdown on that play.

Explosive plays have been an issue for the Jayhawks throughout the contest.

Kansas punts on its first drive in second half

The Jayhawks weren't able to answer the Horned Frogs' touchdown, and had to punt. Devin Neal is dressed on the sideline, but did not enter the game. Amauri Pesek-Hickson is in at running back for Kansas, in the mean time.

TCU opens second half with touchdown

The Horned Frogs have tied things up early in the third quarter, with a 56-yard run by Kendre Miller and the ensuing extra point. There's 13:32 left in the third quarter, and it's a 14-14 game. The drive lasted three plays and 65 yards and took 1:25 off of the clock.

It seemed as if, late on Miller's run, the Jayhawks' defenders were more focused on forcing a fumble than bringing Miller down. Miller was able to shake them off and complete the long run.

HALFTIME: Kansas 14, TCU 7

Jayhawks head coach Lance Leipold said during his halftime interview on the broadcast that Kansas' defense is battling hard, and that offensively they let some opportunities — like the missed field goal — slip away. Devin Neal went down with an injury late, one that looked to have something to do with Neal's left shoulder, but Leipold didn't have an update on that.

Jayhawks' defense comes up with 4th-down stop

TCU's late second quarter drive for points ends with nothing, as the Horned Frogs went for it on 4th-and-short in the red zone inside the 10 yard line and didn't get it. So, with 0:59 on the clock, it's Kansas ball again. Caleb Sampson was credited with the tackle for the Jayhawks on an Emari Demercado carry.

Kansas turns the ball over

Jalon Daniels threw an interception, giving TCU the ball back not long before halftime. The turnover occurred with 1:57 left in the second quarter, and gave the Horned Frogs the ball at Kansas' 29 yard line. The pick was made by TCU's Dee Winters.

Kansas forces another turnover

Jacobee Bryant came up with his second interception in two weeks, this time picking off TCU's Max Duggan in the second quarter. Bryant had been beat on a deep ball earlier in the drive, a 48-yard gain for the Horned Frogs, but bounced back and was able to make this play in the end zone for a touchback.

The play gave Kansas the ball back with 3:13 left before halftime.

Jayhawks miss a field goal

Kansas missed out on a chance to extend its lead, as Jacob Borcila wasn't able to connect on a field goal attempt from 45 yards out. With 5:30 left in the second quarter, it's still a 14-7 lead for the Jayhawks. Kansas' drive went 41 yards in 11 plays and took 5:23 off of the clock.

Jared Casey made a one-handed catch on this drive that converted a first down. It's his highlight play of the day, at least so far. However, he's also made a key block on each of the touchdown runs that the Jayhawks have had.

Kansas takes the lead

The Jayhawks are in front now, up 14-7, after a two-yard rushing score by Devin Neal and the ensuing extra point. Neal nearly scored earlier on the drive on a pass from Jalon Daniels. A major play on the drive was a 44-yard pass from Daniels to Trevor Kardell.

The drive took 4:13 off of the clock and went 82 yards in eight plays. There's 12:29 left in the second quarter.

END 1Q: Kansas 7, TCU 7

The Jayhawks nearly forced another turnover in the first quarter, with Jereme Robinson forcing a fumble on a Horned Frogs drive. TCU recovered, though, and was able to punt the ball away on the next play. Robinson was credited with a sack on that play as well.

Jayhawks tie the score

Kansas' third drive of the game had much more success than its first two, thanks in part to an unnecessary roughness penalty on TCU during the drive. Jalon Daniels finished the drive with a 14-yard rushing score. In total, the drive went 75 yards in nine plays and took 4:50 off of the clock. With 5:43 left, after the extra point, it's a 7-7 game.

Jason Bean also had a catch on this drive, but he slipped and it went for -1 yards.

Jason Bean, Luke Grimm, are available for Kansas

On the Jayhawks' third drive of the day, Jason Bean lined up at running back and had a carry that went for one yard. He got hit pretty hard on the play. Last week, against Texas, Bean would only have entered the game in an emergency situation at quarterback.

Luke Grimm caught a pass. He's been injured as well.

TCU scores on its opening drive

The Horned Frogs drove 83 yards in five plays, taking 2:23 off of the clock, and scored on a 43-yard rushing score by Derius Davis. After the extra point, it's a 7-0 lead for TCU with 10:33 left in the first quarter. The Horned Frogs didn't even need to complete a pass on this drive to find the end zon

Kansas, effectively, gets a pair of opening drives that each end without points

Kansas wasn't able to drive for points on its opening drive, and it ended in a punt. After TCU's return man fumbled the ball away and it was recovered by the Jayhawks' Nick Channel, Kansas went 3-and-out again and punted again.

Joseph Gilbertson got the start at left guard, and Trevor Kardell the start at tight end, due to injuries for the Jayhawks.

The kickoff

The Horned Frogs kicked off to the Jayhawks, and it went back for a touchback. This one is underway.

The coin toss

TCU won the toss and chose to defer. So, Kansas will receive to start the game.

Starting quarterback updates

On the broadcast prior to kickoff, it was announced that Jalon Daniels would get the start at quarterback for Kansas. Also, for TCU, it was said that Max Duggan would start at quarterback.

Injury news

The Jayhawks' jersey

The Jayhawks arrive

Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at jmguskey@gannett.com or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.