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Still standing: TCU leaves Kansas barely breathing, but alive, 34-30

Forget a spot in the top four.

The TCU Horned Frogs were just trying to keep a piece of the Big 12 championship in their cold, cold hands Saturday.

It may be all they have left after a 34-30 just-get-out-of-town victory on Kansas’ freezing field Saturday. They may or may not keep their newly minted No. 4 place in the College Football Playoff rankings.

“If we do, I’m thankful for it,” quarterback Trevone Boykin said. “If we don’t, I’m still thankful because as of right now, we’re still a 9-1 football team trying to win a Big 12 championship.”

The Horned Frogs (9-1, 6-1) remain so in part because of Boykin. He led an offense that seemed reborn in the second half, patiently moving the Frogs for points, and his run for a first down on fourth-and-1 allowed them to run out the final 2:09 and close the door on a whole lot of gremlins.

“There were some interesting plays. I’ll have to tell you that,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said, laughing in spite of himself. “It never felt out of reach. But it was interesting. I’ll tell you that.”

He doesn’t have to tell anyone who watched.

Kansas (3-7, 1-6) got breaks and made breaks. The Jayhawks looked like they had the ball trained to bounce their way

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