A career-best performance by Jalen Reagor was not quite enough to help Texas Christian University stave off Kansas on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
The Jayhawks Pooka Williams caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Bender with 6:13 to play in the fourth quarter to seal TCU's fate in the 27-26 loss.
Reagor, a 2017 Waxahachie graduate, hauled in eight passes from backup quarterback Mike Collins for 177 yards and one touchdown. According to TCU Athletics, the 177 yards were the most for a Horned Frog receiver since Taj Williams accounted for 210 against the University of Oklahoma in 2016.
It also marked the third consecutive game for Reagor to record a touchdown grab and he now has five scores on the season to go with 642 receiving yards on a team-high 46 catches. Thirty-one of those catches this season have gone for either a first down or touchdown.
The yardage total against Kansas included a new season-high 56-yard touchdown reception and helped Reagor surpass the 576 yards (33 catches, eight touchdowns) he recorded during his freshman campaign.
Reagor now has 1,218 yards and 13 touchdowns on 79 receptions in his TCU career.
After the game, which dropped the Horned Frogs to 3-5 on the season and 1-4 in Big XII play, TCU head football coach Gary Patterson told reporters, "[...] The bottom line is we are going to keep fighting, we are going to keep moving forward so we can get better for next year. One way or another unless they don't keep us. But the bottom line is you have to keep people healthy, you have to make plays and you have to grow up. If we do that, then we will have a chance."
TCU returns home to host Kansas State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
The Horned Frogs lead the all-time series against the Wildcats 6-5, winning the last meeting 26-6 in 2017.
The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.