TCU's last-minute field goal turns back Kansas rally, 31-28

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Griffin Kell kicked a 25-yard field goal with 11 seconds to play as TCU fought off a Kansas fourth-quarter rally to beat the Jayhawks 31-28 on Saturday.

Kansas trailed 28-14 early in the fourth quarter before Jalon Daniels threw touchdown passes of 28 yards to Luke Grimm and 10 yards to Jared Casey, the unlikely overtime hero in the Jayhawks’ win last week at Texas that snapped a 56-game Big 12 losing streak.

Max Duggan ran for a touchdown and passed for 166 yards in his first game since October for the Horned Frogs (5-6, 3-5 Big 12). Duggan, who missed TCU’s two previous games with a foot injury, set up the score with a 42-yard sprint down the left sideline to the 2.

Kansas (2-9, 1-7 Big 12) sought to win consecutive conference games for the first time since 2008.

Casey caught a 10-yard touchdown pass lofted over the middle with 4:46 to play and the PAT tied the score at 28. Casey, the walk-on who scored last week’s winning 2-point conversion, caught three passes for 26 yards.

TCU also scored on a 43-yard reverse by receiver Derius Davis in the first period, a 56-yard run by Kendre Miller in the second quarter and a 1-yard run by Amari Demercado early in the fourth.

Miller, who missed last week’s game with injured ribs, ran for 112 yards, 100 in the second half.

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels ran for a 14-yard touchdown in the first quarter and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Luke Grimm in the fourth quarter.

The Jayhawks led 14-7 early in the second quarter following Daniels’ scoring run and a 2-yard burst by running back Devin Neal 2 1/2 minutes into the second period.

Neal, the freshman who leads Kansas’ in rushing, didn’t return after being shaken up late in the first half. He gained 59 yards after rushing for 145 last week at Texas.

Daniels, a sophomore, made his second start after junior Jason Bean suffered a hand injury. Bean played a few snaps Saturday as a running back.

THE TAKEAWAY

Kansas: After falling behind by two touchdowns early in the fourth period, the Jayhawks put themselves in position to tie – or go ahead if they went for two (like in overtime at Texas) – in the final four minutes.

TCU: The Frogs are trying to reach their first bowl since 2018 with Duggan as their only healthy quarterback and No. 1 running back Zach Evans sidelined with turf toe.

UP NEXT

Kansas: Host West Virginia next Saturday.

TCU: Next Saturday at Iowa State.

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