(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: (4) TCU 31, BYU 3
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - Andy Dalton threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns as No. 4 TCU had an easy time dispatching BYU, 31-3, at Carter Stadium.
Dalton, who finished 24-of-36 and was not intercepted, connected with Josh Boyce twice and once each with Jimmy Young and Jeremy Kerley for the Horned Frogs (7-0, 3-0 MWC), who have won the season's first seven games for the second consecutive campaign. TCU went 12-0 in 2009 before dropping a 17-10 decision to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.
"First of all, I think you've got to give a lot of credit to BYU in the first half," said TCU head coach Gary Patterson. "With four or five minutes left, there were only three points. We were looking for a win, that's it. You take what people will give you. If they're going to stack the line of scrimmage, then you throw the ball. If they're going to play back, then you run it. It's kind of the way the game works."
Boyce led all receivers with 127 yards on eight catches and Bart Johnson added 59 yards on three receptions. Ed Wesley also contributed 53 yards on 10 rushes for TCU, which has won 21 of its last 22 games dating back to a loss at Utah on November 6, 2008.
Jake Heaps struggled under center, going 14-of-30 for 91 yards and a pair of interceptions for the Cougars (2-5, 1-2), who slid to their fifth loss in six games.
Bryan Kariya had 57 yards on 12 carries and JJ DiLuigi recorded six catches for 37 yards for BYU, which beat San Diego State last week.
"TCU is a very good football team. They are very well coached and they execute very well," said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "They have great football players and I was impressed with them today. I was disappointed that the game was not closer. I think it could have been closer and I was not able to help our team execute at a high enough level to make that happen."
A 20-yard field goal from Ross Evans put TCU on the board and proved to be the lone points of the first quarter.
The home team went up 10-0 with 90 seconds left in the half when Dalton laid out a perfect ball for Boyce to run under for a 35-yard touchdown reception.
Tank Carder picked off Heaps near midfield on BYU's ensuing series, then Young hauled in a 14-yard TD pass from Dalton and TCU led 17-0 at the break.
"It was big. We needed to get some points on the board," Patterson added. "I kind of got the feeling they could keep in there. To be able to get those two scores and go up 17-0, I thought was really big for us."
BYU finally got on track midway through the third quarter, reaching the TCU red zone before a 27-yard make from Mitch Payne.
Dalton and Boyce hooked up once more in the fourth on a 20-yard touchdown and the Horned Frogs led 24-3, and Kerley's 21-yard TD catch capped the scoring.
TCU has won three in a row over BYU and has tied the all-time series at five wins apiece in a matchup that began in 1987...BYU was held to 56 yards rushing and 147 yards of total offense as the Horned Frogs exploded for 381 total yards...TCU converted 7-of-16 third-down tries and picked up 23 first downs, and BYU was held to 3-of-14 and 10 first downs.
10/16 21:13:08 ET