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Texas Christian at Kansas
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2020
Where: David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas

Fielding a team that looks vastly different because of injuries, TCU head coach Gary Patterson knows not to take an opponent lightly.

In fact, Patterson doesn't want anyone in his program to even consider the ease with which the Horned Frogs (3-4, 3-4 Big 12) are expected to beat winless Kansas (0-7, 0-6) on Saturday at Lawrence, Kan.

"We've only won three ballgames, so no one is going to get overlooked," Patterson said. "Right now, we're just worried about us, not Kansas."

No fewer than 20 TCU players have been lost for the season because of injuries, Patterson said, off a squad that includes just nine scholarship seniors. Those setbacks have only compounded the health issues created by COVID-19 and any players who have had to be scratched because of illnesses.

A two-week layoff since a 24-6 loss at West Virginia did not exactly brighten Patterson's outlook.

"You are what you are at this point," said Patterson, who stands 175-74 entering his 250th game as TCU's head coach. He has won 200 games with the Frogs when counting his time as defensive coordinator.

Only Kansas (15.1) ranks worse in scoring offense than TCU (24.0) among Big 12 teams. The Frogs' strength has been their ground game, which averages 177.3 yards and is triggered by quarterback Max Duggan, who has accounted for more rushing touchdowns (six) than passing (five).

Defensive end Khari Coleman leads all FBS freshmen with 9.5 tackles for loss, helping the TCU defense ratchet up its QB pressure with 12 sacks in the last three games.

Wide receiver Derius Davis returns after missing the West Virginia game. His 21.8-yard punt return average ranks second nationally and could challenge a Kansas punt coverage unit that allowed two touchdowns in one game earlier this season.

COVID-19 test results diminished depth along the defensive line and prompted the Jayhawks to postpone their game last week against Texas. Kansas has not played since a 62-9 loss at Oklahoma on Nov. 7, when the offensive line struggled mightily, allowing nine sacks.

Freshman quarterback Jalon Daniels left with an ankle injury late in that game but should be available against TCU.

"He practiced all last week. He'll practice this week," said Kansas coach Les Miles. "We'd expect him to be certainly a player."

Daniels averages 110.2 yards passing and has not yet thrown for a touchdown. He supplanted two veteran quarterbacks, senior Thomas MacVittie and junior Miles Kendrick, who each drew starts this season before Miles opted to see Daniels develop.

The shabby performance of the offensive line in the OU debacle led to the off-week dismissal of position coach Luke Meadows and the promotion of John Morookian. Kansas, which has been outscored by 33.3 points on average, is attempting to avoid the third winless season in its history and its second in six years.

Attendance on Saturday will be limited to participants' family members and essential personnel after Kansas extended its recent no-fans policy to Dec. 5.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Texas Christian 3-4 L1 24.0 26.7 1-3 2-1 2-3 0-0 3-4
Kansas 0-7 L7 15.1 48.4 0-3 0-4 0-2 0-0 0-6
Last Meeting
Texas Christian Kansas
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/28/19 KU 14 TCU 51 625 319 306 159 75 84
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Texas Christian A. Delton 66.7 186 0 0
Kansas C. Stanley 41.4 84 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Texas Christian D. Anderson 18 115 6.4 1
Kansas V. Gardner 4 61 15.2 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Texas Christian D. Davis 2 85 42.5 0
Kansas P. Williams Jr. 3 33 11.0 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Texas Christian D. Anderson 1
Kansas V. Gardner 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Texas Christian M. Duggan 63.7 1274 5 3
Kansas J. Daniels 51.8 661 0 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Texas Christian M. Duggan 90 348 3.9 6
Kansas V. Gardner 72 325 4.5 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Texas Christian T. Barber 30 322 10.7 2
Kansas K. Lassiter II 31 324 10.5 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Texas Christian M. Duggan 6
Kansas J. Daniels 3
Quickchart Matchup
Texas Christian Texas Christian Off vs  Kansas Kansas Def
Texas Christian 383.6 yards
Kansas 468.6 yards
Texas Christian 4.4 yards/rush
Kansas 5.3 yards/rush
Texas Christian 6.6 yards/attempt
Kansas 8.3 yards/attempt
Kansas Kansas Off vs  Texas Christian Texas Christian Def
Kansas 264.4 yards
Texas Christian 368.4 yards
Kansas 3 yards/rush
Texas Christian 4.5 yards/rush
Kansas 4.8 yards/attempt
Texas Christian 7.6 yards/attempt