TCU (5-1, 2-0 Mountain West Conference) had the #1 run defense in the nation going into the game, and things shouldn't change after this weekend. The Aztecs (1-4, 0-1 Mountain West Conference) had –13 rushing yards on 15 carries.
"As far as the defensive unit, we fly around and we go hard. It's hard to move the ball on a team like that," said senior linebacker Jason Phillips after the game.
TCU quarterback Marcus Jackson, who filled in for Andy Dalton, rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns in his first start this season. He also threw a touchdown right before halftime to put the Frogs up 20-0. Overall the quarterback went 10-19 for 115 yards through the air.
"I had a good time. It's been a while," said Jackson after the game. "For it a while, it was me calming down and trying to play my game. Not thinking too much."
Jackson's 3-yard second-quarter touchdown pass to Shae Reagan was his third scoring toss of the season. He has all three touchdown passes for TCU in 2008
San Diego State lost starting QB Ryan Lindley to a right shoulder injury late in the first quarter. The freshman finished the rest of the game on the sideline with his right arm in a sling.
"The defense always comes out with tremendous passion and I think we did a good job of that tonight," said Phillips after the game. "The fact that they lost their starting quarterback in the first half, I think really messed up with their rhythm."
TCU as a team had a new season high for rushing. A total of 383 yards were racked up between: Jackson, Aaron Brown (10 rushes, 66 yards), Ryan Christian (10 rushes, 57 yards), and Joseph Turner (16 rushes, 63 yards). Joseph Turner scored his team-high eighth rushing touchdown of the season on a 5-yard carry in the fourth quarter. TCU has won 25 consecutive times when they have rushed for more than 167 yards on the ground.
TCU travels to Colorado State to take on the 3-2 Rams next weekend.