Kansas State University

Fourth-quarter penalty aided K-State’s cause

Updated: 2013-11-17T03:46:01Z

Penalty was big boost for K-State

A rare penalty helped Kansas State keep a fourth-quarter drive alive. The penalty was assessed to TCU during a punt. The Horned Frogs accidentally put two players on the field who were wearing the No. 2.

The punt came on a fourth and 6 from the TCU 39. After the 5-yard penalty was assessed, K-State decided to go for the first down and picked it up on a run from Daniel Sams. The Wildcats went on to score a field goal that gave them a 30-28 lead.

TCU coach Gary Patterson took blame for the mistake, saying he used quarterback/receiver Trevone Boykin in a special return role and didn’t realize he had a duplicate number.

“That is a mistake that cannot be blamed on anyone but me,” Patterson said.

K-State coach Bill Snyder said the Wildcats have a system in place to prevent duplicate numbers. But he thought the play was unfortunate.

“Whoever made the mistake, I feel awfully bad for them,” Snyder said. “How did it impact the game? I do not know. It seemingly had a major impact.”

• TCU,4-7, is no longer eligible for the postseason, but Patterson is hopeful the Horned Frogs will finish the season strong anyway.

“There is a lot of fight at TCU,” he said. “We just got to find a way to win them instead of lose them.”

• Tramaine Thompson’s 79-yard touchdown catch was the longest pass play by K-State since 2005.

• K-State is bowl eligible for the fourth straight year.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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