Kansas State Football dominates TCU in Fort Worth to wrap up 8-win regular season.
On the first Saturday in December, the Kansas State Wildcats wrapped up the 2016 regular season with a very convincing win over TCU.
The ‘Cats needed this win to validate their season. A loss and K-State’s record would have been a rather mediocre 7-5—the same as TCU and nobody is happy about the season in Fort Worth.
Reasons to celebrate the win over the Frogs.
The first quarter call that overturned TCU’s fumble recovery and touchdown was big. The officials were correct to reverse the call. Jesse Ertz was attempting a pass.
Byron Pringle had several great catches including the 83-yard touchdown.
It was nice to see the officials wave off the penalty on the play too or we wouldn’t be writing about the score.
Pringle’s high flying first quarter catch in the rain was also memorable. Until midway through the third quarter, Pringle was the only one catching the ball for Ertz.
The veteran Wildcat offensive line made it easy for Ertz to do his job. No TCU sacks on the day.
The Wildcats did the dirty work in the nasty weather, with double-digit tackle’s for loss.
Reggie Walker had a couple of big sacks. The red-shirt freshman’s first quarter sack in the red zone late in the first half was critical. He picked up another sack midway through the third quarter.
The ‘Cat defense held TCU without a first-down in the 2nd half until 3:41 of the third quarter.
Jesse Ertz had another big game on the ground with over 100-yards and a 32-yard touchdown run.
The Wildcats have an amazing stable of running backs including Justin Silmon who would not be denied his fight for the end zone on a third quarter score. The ‘Cats ran for over 300 yards against TCU.
The team is averaging over 5 yards per play on offense and had over 7 yards per play against TCU.
You can’t overlook the Wildcats’ special teams. Nick Walsh wasn’t needed often against the Frogs but did have an amazing punt that bounced out of bounds on the TCU 1 yard line.