Frogs Down Virginia 27-7

All facets of the game were not pretty, but TCU head coach Gary Patterson is happy that his team is 3-0. The Frogs handled Virginia on Saturday 27-7.

FORT WORTH--Brandon Carter gave TCU (3-0, 1-0) a big first half spark, tallying 100 receiving yards in the first 30 minutes. An early lead was all the Frogs would need to beat the Virginia Cavaliers (1-2).

TCU's defense played stingy football all day as TCU improved to 3-0 with a 27-7 victory over the Cavs Saturday.

"We found a way to get to 3-0," Patterson said. "This week I thought the offense...went through the motions."

"They are big and physical, and that's what they do, and we struggled to run the ball to be honest with you," Patterson said.

"I like the way Virginia plays. I like the way they carry themselves," Patterson said. "Virginia is a class act."

A one-handed catch by Brandon Carter on TCU's first drive turned into a 68 yard touchdown for the Frogs. That was the lone touchdown for the Frogs in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, a Virginia fumble gave the Frogs the ball in Cavalier territory. Offensive coordinator Jarret Anderson called a quarterback draw and quarterback Casey Pachall scampered all the way inside the Virginia 10 yard line.

Two plays later, TCU found the endzone as Pachall found Boyce on a slant.

A Pachall interception would cost the Frogs more points in the second quarter. The Frogs junior signal caller threw a costly interception in the red zone.

"He's got to learn to throw the ball away. You have to have a good season before you have a great season," Patterson said. "Sometimes you've just got to take the take what the people give you. Sometimes we got frustrated and lost our patience."

Defensively, TCU kept Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco out-of-sink all day. The Virginia quarterback completed just 50 percent of his passes through the first three quarters.

The star of the game for TCU on defense was senior linebacker Kenny Cain. Cain picked off two Rocco passes.

"They picked on our linebackers today with the pass," Patterson said. "We have got to do our jobs, but I though Hackett came in and played really well."

Patterson said it took until the fourth quarter to get Hasley to align correctly.

"Finally we got him aligned where we wanted him to. Let's don't trust Coach Patterson and Coach Shannon; we've never coached any linebackers before," Patterson said in jest. "Hey that works pretty good! Oh really? That works good that [Hasley] lined up at the line of scrimmage so they couldn't get any angles on [him]."

Gary Patterson will tell anyone that a win is a win for the Frogs, but TCU again left points on the field.

After a 40 yard run by Trevone Boykin in which Boykin fumbled the ball, but TCU recovered, Skye Dawson fumbled the ball for TCU out of the back of the end zone for a Virginia touchback.

That makes twice in two weeks that TCU has been victimized by fumbles out of the back of the end zone.

The good news for TCU is that they are winning without playing their best game, but the Frogs continue to be victimized by unforced errors.

A week after Georgia Tech ran for 461 yards against the Virginia defense, TCU struggled at times to gain consistent yards on first and second downs which forced the Frogs into third and long situations.

Starting tailback Matthew Tucker rushed 15 times for 57 yards (3.5 yards/carry).

"We didn't make a big deal of [not having Waymon James]," Patterson said. "Nationally they did, but here, we just went on with what we do."

TCU finished the game with 438 total yards, outgaining the Wahoos by 85 on the afternoon.

Virginia finished the game with Alabama transfer Phillip Sims at quarterback, but the TCU defense continued to do exactly what their head coach Gary Patterson has asked of them: bend don't break, hold the opponent to field goals.

"Again, I told you it is about kicking field goals. It is about playing in the red zone. We're gonna have to do that in the Big 12, and that's what we did today," Patterson said.

Virginia added a late touchdown (the first TCU's defense has allowed this season) with 5:10 remaining in the fourth quarter as Phillip Sims found E.J. Scott in the back of the end zone.

Too little, too late for Virginia as the Frogs would add a late touchdown of their own.

"We're a defense that tries to get after you, and we put people on islands, so you have to do your jobs," Patterson said. "That's no secret. People know that and we know it, so now it's [the players] job to do it."

One shining star for the Frogs was the kicking and punting. Freshman punter Ethan Perry punted four times averaging 49.8 yards per punt. Freshman place kicker Jaden Oberkrom connected on field goals of 46 and 47 yards.

TCU moves on to face rival SMU next week in Dallas. Kickoff set for 6:00 p.m.

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