FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU’s 43-0 shutout of Kansas was significant for many reasons, but none more than how the Horned Frogs’ defense performed.
The No. 4 Horned Frogs allowed 21 yards of total offense, setting a record for the fewest yards allowed in a Big 12 contest and the fewest in an FBS game in 20 years.
Kansas also finished finished the game with minus-25 rushing yards in the primetime showdown as the Jayhawks lost their 44th consecutive road game.
The Kansas streak tied the NCAA record of 44 consecutive road losses by Western State from 1926-36.
TCU players couldn’t believe how well the defense performed in extending the losing skien.
“They gave up negative yards going into that last drive into the fourth quarter,” TCU quarterback Kenny Hill said. “I had never seen that before in my life.”
Hill joked that he only needed to “put up a couple of yards” with the dominant performance from the unit.
He wasn’t the only one blown away by the effort against the Jayhawks.
TCU’s “pure joy and motivation”
“It was pure joy and motivation,” wide receiver John Diarse said. “When the defense can hold a team to negative- 3 yards of offense by the half, that’s just green light on offense. Just go, just go, just go.”
Diarse led all TCU receivers with 130 yards, including an impressive 67-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
TCU outgained Kansas by a margin of 454 yards. Travin Howard, Ross Blacklock and Chris Bradley all tied for a team-high with five tackles and had at least one sack.
Howard, a senior linebacker, said the performance was all about having the right mentality at the start.
“Being defensive-minded, it’s what you want — the offense not getting any yards,” Howard said. “We want to suffocate our opponents, and that’s what we did out there.”
TCU has done that throughout the season.
The Horned Frogs started the season with a 63-0 pasting of Jackson State before holding Arkansas to 7 points in their next game.
Saturday’s game was the fourth time this season that TCU has limited its opponent to less than 10 points, and the third time of not allowing them to score a touchdown.
And Saturday was even more meaningful, given TCU’s struggles to put away Kansas in recent meetings. The Horned Frogs defeated Kansas by an average of seven points in five Big 12 meetings since joining the conference in 2012.
“We just had to prove everyone right…go out there and execute and play to the best of my abilities,” Howard said. “We just had to go out and execute….it’s Kansas.”
In their last two games, the Jayhawks have been shut out by a combined score of 88-0. Iowa State defeated Kansas 45-0 at home on Oct. 14.