(Saturday, September 12th)
Final Score: (16) TCU 30, Virginia 14
Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) - Andy Dalton completed 15-of-21 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown, as 16th-ranked Texas Christian downed Virginia, 30-14.
Joseph Turner added 63 yards and a score on nine carries for the Horned Frogs (1-0), who host Texas State next Saturday. Jimmy Young racked up 61 receiving yards on a pair of catches including one for a TD.
"Crazy things can happen in first games, and this was our first game," TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. "We didn't want to beat ourselves. Going on the road and beating an ACC team is a tough thing to do. We feel fortunate to go home with a victory."
Jameel Sewell threw for 120 yards and two touchdowns but completed just 8- of-18 passes, was intercepted once and sacked six times for the Cavaliers (0-2), who look for their first win of the year at Southern Miss seven days from now.
Javaris Brown and Tim Smith each recorded late TD receptions for Virginia, which opened its season last Saturday with a loss to William and Mary.
"I think the catches of the two young receivers late in the game, we had to be encouraged by that," Virginia head coach Al Groh said. "For them to be able to step up and make those plays and now they have their first big plays and they both resulted in touchdowns. There's certainly hope that there's a boost of confidence that comes from that."
Jeremy Kerley's two-yard run early in the second quarter capped an 80-yard drive and put TCU on the board. Dalton's connection for 19 yards to Jones on the previous play set up the score.
Turner's one-yard TD run finished off the Horned Frogs' next series, a six- play march over half the field ending with 2:55 left in the first half.
Dalton and Young connected on a 31-yard touchdown pass early in the third and the visitors went up 21-0, then Ross Evans booted a 28-yarder late in the period.
Evans nailed a 25-yarder with just under seven minutes left in the contest, then was good from 32-yards out a little more than two minutes later.
Virginia finally hit the scoreboard on the ensuing series when Sewell found Brown for a 56-yard touchdown and Colter Phillips' run on the two-point conversion.
In desperation mode, the Cavs scored once more on a 26-yard pass from Sewell to Smith but the conversion failed.
TCU couldn't run out the clock completely, but the Horned Frogs' defense held in the final seconds on Virginia's final possession.
Virginia won the lone previous meeting, a 20-10 decision in the 1994 Liberty Bowl...Sewell rushed 21 times for 35 yards...TCU outgained Virginia 383-176, and racked up 24 first downs to eight for the Cavaliers.
09/12 22:18:01 ET