NCAA Football

                   === Defense leads No. 15 TCU past SMU ===
 Dallas,  TX (Sports Network) - Casey Pachall tossed a pair of touchdown passes
 and  Matthew  Tucker rushed for  56 yards  and a score  as No. 15 TCU overcame
 heavy rain and held off SMU, 24-16, on Saturday.
 Pachall  completed  just 10-of-26 passes  for 107  yards, but the Horned Frogs
 (4-0)  picked off  Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert five times to help TCU
 pick up its 12th consecutive win.
 Gilbert  was just 15-of-40 passing for 190 yards and a touchdown and Zach Line
 added  a rushing  touchdown for SMU (1-3), which will open Conference USA play
 next week against UTEP.
 After failing to pick up a first down on 3rd-and-4 late in the fourth quarter,
 the  Horned Frogs  lined up to punt,  but Ethan Perry bobbled the snap and was
 tackled for a 22-yard loss.
 The  Mustangs took  over on TCU's 35  and needed just two plays to pull within
 24-16  on  Gilbert's 29-yard touchdown  pass to Der'rikk Thompson. Chase Hover
 missed the extra point.
 TCU  failed to convert  a 4th-and-3 opportunity and gave the ball back to SMU,
 but  Gilbert was picked off with 28 seconds left, and the Horned Frogs held on
 for the win.
 Pachall  connected with  LaDarius Brown for a  10-yard score to give TCU a 7-0
 lead.  Line had  fumbled on the Frogs'  48, setting Pachall and the offense up
 with excellent field position.
 Gilbert's  pass  on the  ensuing drive  was intercepted  by Elisha Olabode and
 returned  51 yards to  the SMU 8. Two plays later, Pachall found Tucker in the
 end zone to go up 14-0.
 The  Mustangs finally got  on the board after Line broke off a 21-yard TD run,
 capping a 10-play, 81-yard drive.
 Skye Dawson returned a punt 64-yards to the Mustangs' 4, and Tucker punched it
 in to put TCU up 21-7.
 Hover's 29-yarder made it 21-10.
 Jadon Oberkrom split the uprights from 43 yards out to put TCU up 24-10 in the
                                   Game Notes
 TCU's  winning  streak is the longest  active streak in FBS. The Horned Frogs'
 last  loss was  a  40-33 overtime  loss  to SMU  last season  ...  SMU is  0-3
 against FBS teams this season ... TCU's defense forced six turnovers.
 09/29 23:50:25 ET

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