(Thursday, October 16th)
Final Score: TCU 32, (9) BYU 7
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - The nation's longest winning streak is over, and with it BYU's BCS hopes, as TCU ran the ninth-ranked Cougars ragged and controlled the line of scrimmage in a 32-7 rout.
Amon G. Carter Stadium appears to be the place long winning streaks go to die. The Horned Frogs snapped Utah's 18-game winning streak in this stadium during the 2005 season.
On Thursday, BYU's (6-1, 2-1 Mountain West) 16-game winning streak and 18-game conference winning streak came to an abrupt end in a game dominated by TCU. BYU hadn't lost a conference contest since a 2005 conference finale defeat to Utah and had won 11 straight conference games outside Provo, Utah.
TCU (7-1, 4-0) barnstormed the Cougars with a running game that racked up 240 yards and a defense that sacked Max Hall six times. Jeremy Kerley carried the football nine times for 77 yards and Joseph Turner recorded 19 carries for 69 yards. Kerley and Turner scored a touchdown apiece.
The TCU rush defense, the nation's top-ranked unit against the run, held BYU to 23 yards on 28 carries, a stunning net total of 0.8 yards per rush. Hall, a 70.7 percent passer with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions coming into Thursday's action, completed just 22-of-42 throws for 274 yards with two interceptions for the Cougars.
BYU's Harvey Unga ran for 53 yards on 14 carries, but the sacks diminished the school's rushing total.
"We wanted to come with some surprises against a team like this. I'm not taking anything away from them, because they are a good football team, but I think we played with some explosion tonight and caught them a little off- guard," Kerley said. "This is college football and it is a crazy game."
Hall's opposing signal-caller, Andy Dalton, finished an efficient 12-of-19 for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Jimmy Young caught one of them along with three other passes for 78 total yards, and Walter Bryant hauled in four passes for 44 yards and a TD.
The Cougars defense had yielded just 17 points over the last four games only to see the Horned Frogs reach paydirt twice in the first 15 minutes. The game's first series illustrated the power and speed of TCU's rush ends, as Jerry Hughes slammed down Hall, who fumbled into the waiting arms of Matt Panfil at the BYU 40-yard line.
"They were fast, and they got to me," Hall said. "The bottom line is they were strong, and they forced me into some bad decisions. I thought that I had been fairly good at handling the pressure, but tonight it just got to me."
With the short field, the Horned Frogs seized the opportunity. After a pass interference penalty, Dalton received plenty of time off a play-action fake, surveying the field and finding Young on a 25-yard deep out to the left corner for the 7-0 edge.
The TCU defense, forced quickly back onto the field after a muffed punt, stuffed BYU on 4th-and-1 from its 28-yard line, again pushing the momentum into the offense's hands.
Four straight rushing plays, capped by Kerley's 24-yard jaunt, preceded Dalton's 16-yard completion to Turner. Kerley cemented the march with a 16-yard touchdown sprint and a stunning 14-0 lead.
The shock quickly turned to outright domination in the second quarter.
After a Hall interception late in the first, the nation's best offense -- in terms of time of possession -- soaked up 10 plays and nearly three minutes, taking a 17-0 lead in the process. Kicker Ross Evans connected from 21 yards out with 14:45 left in the first half.
Several punts eventually led to the Horned Frogs taking possession at their own four-yard line. It took 13 plays and over four minutes of game action, but TCU took it right to the Cougars' nationally recognized defense on a back- breaking march.
Running backs Turner, Kerley and Aaron Brown kept each other fresh and each found room against the BYU front seven. After a seven-yard Brown sprint, Dalton zipped a 12-yard touchdown pass to Bryant. The missed PAT made the score 23-0 at the half.
If BYU brought hopes of a comeback out of the locker room, the initial second- half kickoff didn't do it any favors. Brown tip-toed the left sideline for a 56-yard return into Cougars territory.
The Horned Frogs were kept out of the end zone, but Evans' 31-yard field goal attempt was true for the 26-0 advantage.
BYU finally got out of its own way, handled the TCU rush ends and navigated 72 yards to the end zone. Unga reached midfield with a 13-yard burst, and Hall found Austin Collie for a 19-yard connection several plays later. Hall eventually scored with his feet from two yards away and the extra point cut the deficit to 26-7.
TCU, though, embarked on a 76-yard, 11-play drive that answered the BYU scoring march. Dalton rushed for 11 yards, then found Young for 24 yards to the Cougars' 39-yard line. Turner completed the series, patiently bouncing to the middle and cutting back off right tackle with a five-yard untouched path to paydirt. The extra point was again wide, and the scoreboard showed 32-7.
BYU still holds the all-time series advantage at 5-3...TCU's lone loss came at the hands of Oklahoma, 35-10...Collie caught six passes for 116 yards in defeat, while Dennis Pitta made a team-best eight catches for 84 yards...TCU racked up 410 total yards and BYU mustered 297 net yards.
10/17 03:33:02 ET