NCAA Game Summary - San Diego State at TCU|
(Saturday, November 13th)
Final Score: (3) TCU 40, San Diego State 35
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - Andy Dalton threw for 240 yards and four
touchdowns, three of those to Jeremy Kerley, as the third-ranked TCU Horned
Frogs topped the San Diego State Aztecs, 40-35, at Amon Carter Stadium.
Dalton completed 21-of-36 passes and was intercepted once, and Matthew
Tucker had 22 carries for 131 yards for the Horned Frogs (11-0, 7-0 MWC)
who clinched a share of the Mountain West title with the win.
Waymon James added 102 yards and a score on 23 rushes and Kerley wound up
with 85 yards on eight receptions.
Ryan Lindley threw for 262 yards on 11-of-26 passing with two touchdowns, but
was intercepted twice, and Vincent Brown caught four passes for a game-best
167 yards and two touchdowns for the Aztecs (7-3, 4-2 MWC), who saw their
four-game win streak halted.
The Aztecs scored the game's first two touchdowns, but the Horned Frogs
countered with 37 consecutive points and held on late in the fourth quarter
to seal their 24th consecutive regular-season victory.
"Bottom line, we found a way to win," said TCU head coach Gary Patterson.
"You've got to give San Diego State a lot of credit, and now we move on.
That's all we have got control over."
Dalton connected with Kerley for a 38-yard touchdown with 3:43 left in the
first to finally get TCU on the board. The Horned Frogs drew to within one on
Dalton's 15-yard scoring pass to Brock Logan in the final minute of the
quarter, but the extra point attempt was blocked, and the Aztecs carried a
14-13 advantage into the second.
TCU, though, added three more scores in the second. A James nine-yard run and
two more Dalton-to-Kerley connections highlighted the quarter, as the Horned
Forgs took a 34-14 lead at halftime.
"We have to play four quarters in the game," San Diego State head coach Brady
Hoke said. "As a team and coaches, we took the second quarter off. You cannot
win big football games like that. We could not have started off any better,
but like in life, in football you have to finish."
Ross Evans hit a 36-yard field goal at 9:32 in the third to cap the 37-point
surge for TCU, which held a 23-point lead at that point.
The Aztecs got the ball back with 3:13 left in the quarter and used a Sullivan
one-yard run to cap a quick six-play, 76-yard drive for their first points in
the second half. The series was highlighted by Lindley's 50-yard toss to Brown
that put the Aztecs at the TCU two-yard line.
TCU stretched its lead to 40-21 in the opening minutes of the fourth when
Evans connected on a 31-yard field goal.
After the teams traded punts, San Diego State added seven more after Brown
took a Lindley pass 33 yards to the end zone, cutting the Horned Frogs'
cushion to 40-28 with 6:43 left in the game.
The Aztecs go the ball back after a TCU punt at 4:58 and scored on their first
play of the ensuing drive, a 35-yard pass to Brown, to make it a five-point
TCU, though, was able to get the necessary yards on their next opportunity to
run out the clock and seal the victory.
TCU held the Aztecs to one first down in the first half...The Horned Frogs had
27 first downs, compared to 7 for San Diego State...This is the final game at
the current Amon G. Carter Stadium; the venue will undergo a $105 million
renovation that will be finished in 2012.
11/13 21:21:59 ET