University of Kansas

Kansas-TCU football preview

Updated: 2013-10-11T01:46:05Z

When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas

TV/radio: Fox Sports KC; KCSP (610 AM)

The series: TCU leads 17-8-4

The line: TCU by 24 1/2

What’s at stake

After a road loss to Rice in week two, KU’s players promised that they wouldn’t let this season spiral out of control. So in the wake of a 54-16 loss to Texas Tech, the Jayhawks need a rebound performance to keep hope alive. If not this week, the upcoming schedule is brutal: Oklahoma and Baylor at home, and then a road trip to Texas.

Cheers if …

The KU offense can sustain drives and keep the heat off the KU defense. The Jayhawks’ inability to stay on the field was one reason Texas Tech rolled off 100 plays last week. KU probably will be playing without leading receiver Tony Pierson (21 catches), who suffered a concussion last week. Senior running back James Sims also needs to be more involved on offense.

Jeers if …

If Kansas continues to make mental errors. The Jayhawks committed 12 penalties last week, giving away 81 yards. They also attempted a fake punt inside their own 20. Simply put: They can’t afford such costly mistakes.

Three things about TCU

1 TCU has won 30 of its last 35 home games and is 60-11 under coach Gary Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

2 TCU announced this week that defensive end Devonte Fields would miss the rest of the year after undergoing foot surgery. Fields was the Big 12’s defensive player of the year in 2012, finishing the season with 10 sacks .

3 After starting quarterback Casey Pachall suffered a broken arm in early September, sophomore Trevone Boykin stepped into the same role he held for much of last year. He’s thrown for 791 yards and rushed for 176 yards while playing parts of five games. The Horned Frogs’ backup is McPherson native Tyler Matthews.

Key matchup

Kansas QB Jake Heaps vs. the TCU secondary: The Horned Frogs are tied for first in the Big 12 with nine interceptions, and safeties Chris Hackett and Sam Carter have picked off three passes apiece. It could mean bad news for a struggling KU pass offense.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: TCU 34-10

The Horned Frogs have played the second-most difficult schedule in the country, according to the Sagarin Ratings, dropping games to LSU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. They’re back at home, and KU hasn’t shown the ability to win on the road (20 straight losses) or in the Big 12 (22 losses).

KANSAS (2-2, 0-1 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Sept. 7South DakotaW, 31-14
Sept. 14at RiceL, 23-14
Sept. 21Louisiana TechW, 13-10
Oct. 5Texas TechL, 54-16
Saturdayat TCU11 a.m.
Oct. 19Oklahoma2:30 p.m.
Oct. 26BaylorTBA
Nov. 2at Texas2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9at Oklahoma StateTBA
Nov. 16West VirginiaTBA
Nov. 23at Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 30Kansas StateTBA

TCU (2-3, 0-2 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31LSUL, 37-27
Sept. 7Southeastern LouisianaW, 38-17
Sept. 12at Texas TechL, 20-10
Sept. 28SMUW, 48-17
Oct. 5at OklahomaL, 20-17
SaturdayKansas11 a.m.
Oct. 19Iowa State11 a.m.
Oct. 26TexasTBA
Nov. 2West VirginiaTBA
Nov. 9at Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 16at Kansas StateTBA
Nov. 30BaylorTBA

KANSAS OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR8Josh Ford6-3207Sr.
LT61Pat Lewandowski6-5295Jr.
LG63Ngalu Fusimalohi6-2310Jr.
C70Gavin Howard6-4300Sr.
RG65Mike Smithburg6-3300Jr.
RT77Aslam Sterling6-5315Sr.
TE41Jimmay Mundine6-2240Jr.
WR25Brandon Bourbon6-1225Jr.
WR82Andrew Turzilli6-3195Jr.
QB9Jake Heaps6-1210Jr.
RB29James Sims6-0200Sr.
K28Matthew Wyman6-1200So.

KANSAS DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE90Kevin Young6-3287Sr.
NT98Keon Stowers6-3297Jr.
DE96Keba Agostinho6-2277Sr.
LB93Ben Goodman6-3245So.
LB31Ben Heeney6-0230Jr.
LB57Jake Love6-0220So.
NB27Victor Simmons6-1220Jr.
CB24JaCorey Shepherd5-11190Jr.
FS33Cassius Sendish6-0195Jr.
SS5Isaiah Johnson6-1210So.
CB12Dexter McDonald6-1200Jr.
P1Trevor Pardula6-5212Jr.

TCU OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR88Cam White6-3220Jr.
LT56James Dunbar6-6315Sr.
LG77Jamelle Naff6-4325So.
C55Joey Hunt6-3295So.
RG73Eric Tausch6-3300Sr.
RT74Halapoulivaati Vaitai6-6308So.
TE3Brandon Carter5-11186Jr.
WR85LaDarius Brown6-4220So.
WR13Ty Slanina6-0193Fr.
QB2Trevone Boykin6-2215So.
RB32Waymon James5-8203Sr.
K33Jaden Oberkrom6-3187So.

TCU DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE97Jon Koontz6-2265Sr.
DT96Chucky Hunter6-1300Jr.
DT57Davin Pierson6-2305So.
DE91Matt Anderson6-3250Jr.
LB54Marcus Mallet6-1227Jr.
LB41Jonathan Anderson6-3227Jr.
CB2Jason Verrett5-10176Sr.
SS17Sam Carter6-1215Jr.
FS6Elisha Olabode5-11193Sr.
WS1Chris Hackett6-2195So.
CB25Kevin White5-10174Jr.
P37Ethan Perry6-4230So.

Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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