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, firstname.lastname@example.org