(Saturday, October 23rd)
Final Score: (4) TCU 38, Air Force 7
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - Ed Wesley carried the ball 28 times for 209 yards and two scores, as the fourth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs kept their perfect record intact with a 38-7 victory over the Air Force Falcons in Mountain West Conference play at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Andy Dalton completed 11-of-20 passes for 185 yards, a touchdown, and an interception for the Horned Frogs (8-0, 4-0 MWC), who have won 21 straight regular-season games dating back to the 2008 season. Dalton also carried the ball seven times for 93 yards and a score.
"That was a great performance. A lot of it had to do with Ed and a lot of it had to do with the offensive line," TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. "We were down three starting offensive lineman who didn't play this ballgame. For us to go run the ball like we did speaks volumes for what we can do in the future. The rest of those guys are younger players."
Tim Jefferson connected on 3-of-7 passes for 47 yards for the Falcons (5-3, 3-2), who have lost two in a row since a three-game winning streak. Jefferson also carried the ball nine times for 39 yards and a score.
TCU opened the game with a seven-play, 71-yard drive that Dalton capped with a five-yard rushing TD. The Falcons fought right back with a 10-play, 89-yard march that Jefferson ended with a 16-yard rushing touchdown for a 7-7 game.
Ross Evans' 30-yard field goal put the Horned Frogs ahead by three, 10-7, with 6:03 remaining until half. On the next TCU possession, Jeremy Kerley capped a nine-play, 89-yard drive with an eight-yard TD catch for a 17-7 lead at the break.
The Horned Frogs put the game away with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. Wesley's eight-yard rushing TD with 6:33 to go made it a 24-7 game. Matthew Tucker's six-yard rushing touchdown at the end of the period gave TCU a 31-7 advantage.
Wesley's 13-yard touchdown run with 6:22 left in the fourth capped the scoring.
"You can move the ball on them but there have to be no penalties and no fumbles. Then there are times when you are a yard short and you just needed another yard to sustain a drive," Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun said. "They are a superb group and a terrific football team. They are big, fast and experienced. The last three times we have come down here they have been dominant."
TCU leads the all-time series by a count of 7-2-1...The Horned Frogs had 562 yards of total offense, compared to 231 for the Falcons...Kyle Halderman carried the ball four times for 53 yards for Air Force...Tucker carried the ball 12 times for 63 yards...TCU is 8-0 for the second straight year and third time in the last eight seasons...The Horned Frogs have won 19 straight home games, also a school record. In five home contests this season, TCU has outscored its opponents 156-17. Since 1999, TCU is 61-6 in its last 67 home contests at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
10/24 01:02:51 ET