No. 8 TCU stays per­fect; Tech blows past Kansas

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FORT WORTH — Kenny Hill avoided a de­fender in the back­field and lunged for­ward through two more for a 3-yard touch­down run with 2:53 left and No. 8 TCU re­mained the Big 12’s only un­de­feated team with a 31-24 vic­tory over No. 23 West Vir­ginia on Satur­day.

“This team and the coaches trust me with the ball down there. That means a lot,” Hill said. “It gives you a lot of con­fi­dence.”

Hill also threw a 45yard touch­down pass and was on the re­ceiv­ing end of a 48-yard score for the Frogs (5-0, 2-0). His win­ning TD run came only five plays af­ter an ap­par­ent in­ter­cep­tion was re­versed on a re­play re­view.

“I would bet that ev­ery game’s go­ing to be like this,” TCU coach Gary Pat­ter­son said. “We want to win a cham­pi­onship. If you’re go­ing to win a cham­pi­onship, as a gen­eral rule … you win about three or four of them that are ugly. You got to win the ugly ones some­times.”

Will Grier threw for 366 yards and three TDs for West Vir­ginia (3-2, 1-1), in­clud­ing two long catch-and-run scores in a span of about 2½ min­utes late in the third quar­ter. It was tied at 24 af­ter Grier hooked up with David Sills V on a 64-yard scor­ing play and then Ka’Raun White for a 76-yarder.

“It was a close game. Ev­ery­thing that hap­pened in the first half, throw it away,” West Vir­ginia coach Dana Hol­gorsen said, when asked his half­time mes­sage to his team. “If we out­play them in the sec­ond half, we’re prob­a­bly go­ing to win the game — and we didn’t.” TEXAS TECH 65, KANSAS 19

Des­mond Nisby ran for 94 yards and four touch­downs, Justin Stock­ton had a ca­reer-best 161 yards and an­other score and the Red Raiders piled up 313 yards rush­ing in cruising to their 11th straight vic­tory over the host Jay­hawks.

“We needed to im­prove that area. Last week it re­ally hurt us not be­ing able to run the ball,” said Kings­bury, whose team bounced back from an ag­o­niz­ing 41-34 loss to No. 15 Ok­la­homa State.

“When they gave us an op­por­tu­nity,” he added, “we were mov­ing bod­ies.”

Nic Shi­monek still threw for 233 yards and two scores, and Jus­tus Parker picked off two passes and re­turned one for a score, to keep the Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) per­fect in 10 tries in Lawrence, Kan.

“We knew it was very im­por­tant to start fast,” Stock­ton said. “When the of­fense has a chance to go down there and score, you have to put points on the board.”

Kansas (1-4, 0-2) trailed 35-7 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore slowly claw­ing back, spurred on by a change in quar­ter­back from Pey­ton Ben­der to Carter Stan­ley.

Ron Jenk­ins / Associated Press

TCU run­ning back Sewo Olonilua (33) dives over the goal line to score a touch­down against West Vir­ginia in the sec­ond quar­ter Satur­day at Fort Worth.

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