NCAA Game Summary - TCU at Utah|
(Saturday, November 6th)
Final Score: (4) TCU 47, (6) Utah 7
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Andy Dalton threw for a career-high 355
yards and three touchdowns and the fourth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs rolled to an
emphatic 47-7 romp over the No. 6 Utah Utes in a battle of unbeatens that
essentially served as a de facto Mountain West Conference championship game.
The statement drubbing extended TCU's regular season winning streak to 23
games and gave the Horned Frogs (10-0, 6-0 MWC) a signature win on a resume
that already has them sitting at No. 3 in the BCS standings.
Josh Boyce caught two touchdowns, Ed Wesley and Waymon James each rushed for a
score and receiver Jeremy Kerley tossed another to Bart Johnson in a first
quarter that saw TCU jump out to a 20-0 lead.
The Frogs' top-ranked defense took over from there, holding the Utes to a mere
199 yards, a majority coming when the game was already out of reach.
"We got more turnovers today than we normally have, which is something that in
a big ball game you had to do," TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. "They've
got a good offense and the only way you stop it sometimes is to get the ball
turned over, and we did that."
Utah (8-1, 5-1), which was one of five undefeated FBS teams and had a 21-game
home winning streak entering the game, turned the ball over four times and
gained just 51 yards rushing, well below its 191.5-yard per game average.
Jordan Wynn completed 16-of-35 passes for 148 yards with a fumble, two
interceptions and a late TD pass to Matt Asiata in a loss that will surely
drop the Utes from fifth in the BCS poll.
Utah moves to the new-look Pac-10 next year after shunning the MWC for the
automatic BCS-qualifying conference, and TCU was more than happy to give the
Utes a bitter going-away present at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Dalton, who padded his case as a dark horse for the Heisman Trophy, was 4-
for-4 for 64 yards on the game's opening drive and got the Frogs on the
scoreboard by finding Joyce on a corner route on 3rd-and-6 from the Utah 26-
yard-line less than five minutes in.
Utah used a 67-yard punt from Sean Sellwood to pin TCU at its own seven with 2
1/2 minutes left in the frame. Unfazed, Dalton hit Boyce at the right hash
mark on a play-action fake on the next play from scrimmage. The receiver broke
a tackle at the 30 and was off to the races for a 93-yard jaunt, the third
longest play in school history.
Later in the opening quarter, Wynn was scrambling in the pocket and was
stripped from behind by Wayne Daniels. D.J. Yendrey dove for the loose ball,
and TCU took over at the Utah 26. On the next play, Kerley lined up in the
shotgun, faked a draw and fired a strike over the middle to Johnson for an
easy hookup and a 20-0 lead following the missed extra point.
Ross Evans added a 24-yard field goal with eight minutes left in the second
quarter, and the Frogs cruised into the locker room with a comfortable lead by
never allowing the Utes to cross midfield.
Utah had two yards rushing in the opening 30 minutes and was outgained 328-72.
Things continued to go downhill for Utah after the break, as Tanner Brock
intercepted Wynn in the opening minute and returned it 57 yards to the Utah
four. Again TCU capitalized on its first play following the turnover, with
Wesley running around the left tackle just 40 seconds into the half.
A Dalton-to-Jimmy Young hookup of 11 yards capped an 11-play, 76-yard march
that resulted in a 37-0 cushion with 5 1/2 minutes to play in the third.
Evans' 23-yard field goal early in the fourth preceded Utah's only scoring
drive, as Asiata caught a 19-yard TD to end the possibility of a shutout.
In a play emblematic of the rout, James recovered a fumble from backup
quarterback Casey Pachall and shifted through the Utah defense for a 25-yard
score with five minutes left.
"TCU thoroughly outplayed us today and it was not even close," Utah head coach
Kyle Whittingham admitted. "The score was not indicative of how lopsided this
game was. They were better at every phase of the game and credit goes to their
This was the MWC's first game between two of its teams ranked in the
top-10...The Frogs, who had never won in three previous trips to Salt Lake
City, set a MWC record with their 10th straight road win. They have won 15
straight conference games overall...TCU has allowed three touchdowns over the
past six games...Dalton was 21-of-26 through the air...James and Wesley had 64
and 50 yards, respectively, for a TCU ground game that gained 177
yards...Young ended with 84 yards on five receptions...DeVonte Christopher led
Utah with six catches for 73 yards...TCU was the highest ranked opponent Utah
had hosted in Rice-Eccles Stadium since it opened in 1998...TCU hosts San
Diego State next Saturday...Utah heads to South Bend for a date with the
struggling Fighting Irish.
11/06 21:11:22 ET