MUNICH – What a championship game thriller for the Big 12 title. The underdog Kansas State Wildcats handed the previously undefeated TCU Horned Frogs their first overtime loss.
First, the Wildcats’ defense stopped the Horned Frogs four inches from their own end zone. In return, Kansas kicker Ty Zentner then dropped the decisive field goal at 31:28.
Kansas was already on an upset course at halftime and led 14:10 after two quarters. The defense in particular played well time and time again. After halftime, wide receiver RJ Garcia II evened a two-score lead with a touchdown catch on the second floor.
TCU saves itself in extra time
TCU didn’t give up, only getting into position by a muffed punt from the Wildcats and coming up short, but had to settle for the next touchdown in the final quarter. Quarterback Max Duggan led the comeback with two minutes remaining and ran into the end zone himself. He also sold the ensuing two-point conversion.
In the end, though, his 251 yards and one touchdown each through the air and on the ground are useless. In overtime, he failed to break the Wildcats’ goal line in four attempts.
With their first loss, the Horned Frogs are now 12-1. To what extent this loss will affect playoff hopes remains to be seen.
Kansas State won’t get another shot at the National Championship game this season, but could cap off the year with a Big 12 title ring.