After kickoff was pushed back three hours due to lightning in the area, TCU took the field and handled its business against Kansas State on Saturday.
The Horned Frogs took the lead early and never trailed, cruising to a 26-6 win. The offense was efficient and kept up its impressive pace on third downs. The defense smothered the Wildcats from the start, and Kansas State was never able to answer.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the game.
The TCU defense was punishing
The Frogs had an advantage with Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz out for the game. They made sure to exploit that. The TCU defense loaded the box to force Kansas State to throw the ball, and when the Wildcats did that, the Frogs put tons of pressure on backup Alex Delton.
Kansas State was 0-for-8 on third downs in the first half, gaining 11 rushing yards on 16 carries. When the Frogs stuffed Justin Silmon on fourth-and-1 from the 8-yard line in the third quarter, that pretty much sealed the game.
Kyle Hicks is back
After being hampered by injuries early on this season, TCU running back Kyle Hicks looked like his old self against the Wildcats. He led TCU with 16 carries for 58 yards, and he also caught 5 passes for 50 yards.
There was a lot of hype around Darius Anderson after his breakout performance early in the year. But it’s clear Hicks is still TCU’s feature back for the foreseeable future. Sewo Olonilua continues to impress in his limited carries as well, scoring 2 rushing touchdowns to give him 6 on the year.
Kenny Hill just keeps making plays
TCU quarterback Kenny Hill has been incredibly efficient this season, and he may have had his best game of the year in that regard against the Wildcats.
The senior quarterback completed 27 of his 37 passes for 297 yards and didn’t record an interception. He also ran for a touchdown.