TCU opened its fifth season in the Big 12 conference against Iowa State Saturday morning, and jumped out to a sizable first half lead, 24-7.

TCU is 31-11 in regular-season games following a loss under Gary Patterson.

After a nine-play 41-yard drive to open the game, kicker Ryan Graf nailed a 37-yard field goal to give TCU the first lead of the game, 3-0.

The Horned Frogs notched the first touchdown of the game with five-and-a-half minutes left in the first quarter when running back Kyle Hicks followed his left tackle Joseph Noteboom into open real estate for an effortless 64-yard touchdown run.

The 64-yd scoring run by Hicks was the longest carry by a Horned Frog since Trevone Boykin had a 69-yard TD rush at K-State last season.

After an eight play 54-yard drive, Iowa State punched in their first points of the game on an eight-yard run by quarterback Joel Lanning. Lanming’s run looked eerily similar to Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen’s game-winning touchdown run against the Horned Frogs last weekend.

With the score, ISU cut the TCU lead to just three, 10-7.

With just seven minutes left before halftime, TCU countered with a quarterback touchdown run of their own. Kenny Hill punched in a one-yard run for a score, pushing the Horned Frog lead back up to double digits, 17-7. The run was Hill’s sixth touchdown on the ground this season.

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