Instant analysis: Kansas State 23, TCU 10
November, 10, 2012
By David Ubben | ESPN.com
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Another week, another Big 12 foe easily dispatched by Kansas State on the way to what it hopes is the national championship.
TCU's defense hung tough for most of the game, but Kansas State's was solid all night and the Wildcats coasted to one of their most methodical wins of the season. Nothing flashy. Not much memorable. Just another check mark on the list, resulting in a perfect 10-0 record with a 23-10 win over TCU on the road. Really impressive stuff from Kansas State, which once again refused to flirt with an upset.
Let's move on to some instant analysis:
It was over when: Collin Klein galloped for a 34-yard touchdown that put Kansas State up 20-0 in the third quarter. TCU didn't have enough offense to pose a real threat, and making it a three-score game locked it up for the Wildcats.
Game ball goes to: The entire Kansas State defense. TCU's defense played well, but the game was out of reach in the second half because of K-State's defensive effort. The secondary didn't give up very many -- if any -- busts.
Stat of the game: Collin Klein turned the ball over on Kansas State's first drive. It was his first turnover in Big 12 play, despite logging more than 200 touches in his first six games in league play.
What Kansas State learned: Its defense can answer the bell. Coach Bill Snyder was very displeased at his defense giving up more than 400 yards through the air a week ago in a win against Oklahoma State. This week, it was a whole different story. The defense dominated for 60 minutes and gave the offense a huge margin for error, which it needed a bit against a solid TCU defense. This wasn't one of the Big 12 track meets we've become used to. Full-on defensive battle, but Kansas State got the best of the Frogs.
What TCU learned: Life with freshmen is going to continue to be difficult. The Frogs have been up and down all season long, and that continued on Saturday. The offense was playing uphill all game, and Trevone Boykin struggled. He was banged up early, but returned to little success. Kansas State's stingy defense was a big reason for the struggles, but nothing was easy for TCU.