With the constant reminder all week of 2005, TCU traveled to Dallas and took care of business, retaining the Iron Skillet in the process. The Mustangs wrecked TCU's chances of a perfect season 3 years ago in Dallas. TCU ended up with an 11-1 record that year.
The Frog's defense had another dominating performance forcing three turnovers and allowing only 210-yards to June Jones' run and shoot offense. The Frogs' defense had constant pressure on freshman quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, which caused rookie mistakes. On SMU's second offensive possession, Mitchell was facing a third down and long situation. The freshman tried to throw a short pass that was picked off by defensive end Jerry Hughes. Hughes returned it 26-yards for a touchdown, putting the Frogs up 14-0. "I've never had a screen picked off for a touchdown and I've never had two screens picked off before in 30 years of this deal, but it happened tonight," June Jones said after the game.
Andy Dalton once again played an efficient game going 16-25 for 210-yards. Dalton added 21-yards on the ground including a rushing touchdown. He was pulled in the fourth quarter and junior Marcus Jackson entered the game. Jackson went 3-4 with a touchdown pass, but was more impressive with his ground attack. The backup quarterback had 7 rushes for 118-yards including a 79-yard run at the end of the game to put the Frogs up 48-7.
Aaron Brown, who missed the first thee games of the season for violating school policy, received more of the workload than most thought going into the game. TCU's leading rusher Ryan Christian, did not have any carries and only had one reception. "Ryan Christian was a little banged up….He didn't have to play in this ball game because Aaron got back and that was a big deal. We can now get him healthy and ready to go," said Coach Patterson after the game.
TCU's 4-0 start is the best since 2003, when the Frogs won their first 10 games. With the win, TCU will more then likely jump into the Top 25 polls. Perfect timing for their trip to Norman next weekend to take on the #2 Oklahoma Sooners. "It's an exciting game. This is why guys came to TCU, to play in games like this against Oklahoma. This is a measuring stick game," said Coach Patterson.
NOTES FROM TCU:
*TCU won its seventh-consecutive game, tied for the third-longest current winning streak in the nation (BYU 14, Georgia 11, USC 7).
*TCU was +3 in turnover margin Saturday and is now +12 on the season. The Frogs have committed just one turnover in 2008. Over the last four seasons, TCU is 28-1 when ahead (25-1) or even (3-0) in that category.
*TCU improved to 45-0 when allowing 17 or fewer points under head coach Gary Patterson. Overall, the Frogs have won 60 consecutive games when holding the opponent to 17 points or less.