Bradford Puts On A Show, TCU Falls 35-10

The (#2)Oklahoma Sooners proved tonight that they are deserving of the No. 1 ranking in the nation and it came by the expense of (#23)TCU. Oklahoma forced TCU into four turnovers and allowed the Frogs to gain only 102 yards on the ground to win big 35-10.

The (#2) Oklahoma Sooners proved tonight that they are deserving of the No. 1 ranking in the nation and it came by the expense of (#23) TCU. Oklahoma forced TCU into four turnovers and allowed the Frogs to gain only 102 yards on the ground to win big 35-10.

"They are deserving. In this day and age if you win all your football games you deserve the right. They have a good football team," said Coach Patterson after the game. "They had a off week and they got themselves fresh and did a great job. You have got to give Bob Stoops and his staff some credit. They were prepared for some stuff that we did and they played great in the red zone…..I will be voting for them tomorrow."

Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman hopeful Sam Bradford threw for a career high 411 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was able to sit back in the pocket and pick TCU's secondary apart all day.

"He (Bradford) does a great job. He has a lot of weapons to use, and finds a way to use them all," said TCU quarterback Andy Dalton. "He makes big plays, and he does a great job in that offense."

Dalton threw for 212 yards going 16-39 in completions with 1 interception. Threw five games the sophomore quarterback has yet to throw a touchdown pass.

"We came out slow, and that didn't help us out any," said Dalton after the game. "Usually we pride ourselves on starting strong, especially this year. I think a lot of us were over anxious to play this game because this was a big game for us. Starting slow in the first half hurt."

Oklahoma scored three times on it's first four possessions to make the score 21-3 after the 1st quarter.

"I don't think we came out with as much passion as we have in the last couple of weeks," said TCU linebacker Jason Phillips. "I believe we let them get 21 or 28 points pretty early, and you can't do that against a team like Oklahoma. They are too good."

In the second quarter TCU's defense settled down, only allowing a late score with a couple minutes left. In the second half, OU was only able to manage one scoring drive.

"I think it was just the fact that we were down pretty badly," said Phillips. "I don't know if we had to wake up or what, but we came out in the second half and played better. When you allow Oklahoma 28 points in the first half, it's gong to be tough to catch up."

Jimmy Young led the Frogs in receiving with 6 catches for 111 yards. After the game Coach Patterson gave Young high praise for working hard all night long. Joseph Turner was the leading rusher for TCU with 14 carries for 51 yards and TCU's late TD.

TCU's defense did a great job shutting down the run. They will continue to be number one in the nation in that category after the weekend. Oklahoma only managed 25 yards rushing on 36 attempts. It was the big passing plays that hurt the Frogs. Bradford threw TD passes of 24, 55, 63, and 76 yards.

"What you can say is that Oklahoma has been here before. Bottom line is that they played at a high level and we didn't," stated Coach Patterson. "We can't give up big plays and expect win ball games. A lot of that was my fault. We were trying to blitz and get into some fourth downs and make them punt and they made big plays. We when quit doing that, we played better defense."

Oklahoma's record improved to 4-0, while TCU's record is now 4-1. The Frogs play San Diego St. at home next weekend.

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