Both teams battled rainy and windy conditions the whole afternoon, but it didn't stop either from trying to sling the ball around. Dalton and Stanford quarterback Tavi Pritchard combined for 57 attempts through the air. "In warm-ups I told them that the ball being a little wet didn't really effect much, so I'm not surprised at all about how many times we threw the ball," said Dalton after the game.
The Frogs jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter behind touchdown runs from senior fullback Justin Watts and sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Kerley.
Stanford rallied from their early deficit with a 38-yard touchdown reverse by Doug Baldwin in the second quarter. The following TCU possession, Stanford blocked an Anson Kelton punt, and took it 21-yards for a touchdown. At halftime the score was tied up at 14 all.
Going against a strong head wind in the third quarter, TCU put together a 9-play 51-yard drive that was capped off by a Ryan Christian touchdown run, to make the score 21-14. Christan, once again getting the start for a suspended Aaron Brown, had 19 carries for 82 yards in the ball game.
Early in the fourth quarter, momentum seemed to take a turn in Stanford's favor after Doug Baldwin returned a punt close to 50-yards for a touchdown. After review it was deemed that Baldwin stepped out of bounds and three plays later the TCU defense came up huge. Steven Coleman had an interception in the end zone to steal back all momentum that was in Stanford's favor. Coleman now has started the season with three straight games with an interception.
In the middle of the fourth quarter, with TCU still hanging on to a 21-14 lead, Stanford tried to go for it on a 4 and 1 from their side of the field. Horned Frog linebacker Robert Henson stopped Stanford running back Tony Gerhart in the backfield that gave TCU great field position. Gerhart in the ball game only managed 53 yards. Coming into the afternoon, the junior was averaging 107 yards a game on the ground.
With great field position, the TCU offense was able take quality time off the clock before freshman kicker Ross Evans connected on a 23-yard field goal to put the game out of reach for the Cardinal. The freshman is now 4 for 5 on the year.
In all three games this season, TCU has held its opponent to less than 200 yards of total offense. Stanford had 193 yards, the most allowed by the Frogs in 2008.
Going into the game, TCU had plenty of bulletin board material after some of Stanford's players questioned how good the Frogs were due to their schedule. "A lot of the kids over their said it was a fluke last year (TCU defeated Stanford 38-34), so we have been ready for this for a while," said Coach Patterson after the game.
Jason Phillips returned to the field for TCU today after being held out against Stephen F. Austin last week. The Pre-Season MWC Defensive Player of the Year had 10 total tackles.
Jimmy Young was Andy Dalton's favorite target again today. The two connected five times for 36-yards. Dalton would not say after the game who his favorite receiver has been this season, but it is clear that Young is getting most of his looks. The sophomore has led the team in receptions all three games.
Joseph Turner has 7 carries for 33 yards in the ball game, but did not get a carry in the second half. When asked if Turner got banged up in the first half, Coach Patterson said, "I don't know."