TCU Still On Track

TCU avoided a Wyoming upset Saturday. Even though the Horned Frogs played with little emotion at the start of the game, and the defense struggled against the run for the first time this year, TCU still won 54-7.

TCU avoided a Wyoming upset Saturday. Even though the Horned Frogs played with little emotion at the start of the game, and the defense struggled against the run for the first time this year, TCU still won 54-7.

After the game, Head Coach Gary Patterson said the pre-game atmosphere was much different than before the BYU game with more chatter.

"Last week, you could have heard a pin drop in the locker room, and this week, everybody's talking," he said.

TCU entered the game leading the nation in time of possession, averaging 35:53 minutes a game. In the Wyoming game, instead of controlling the ball on long drives, TCU scored quickly on big plays. The Cowboys actually had the ball longer, holding the Frogs to 29:03 minutes.

"I would much rather have a 65-yard pass, but if we have a long drive, it's killing clock," said TCU quarterback Andy Dalton. "We were able to show that we can push the ball down the field a little bit. We did that tonight."

Dalton and wide receiver Jimmy Young both had career days. Dalton finished the game 16-22 for 334 yards and four touchdowns. Five of his completions went to Young, who finished with three touchdown catches and a TCU-record 226 yards.

"Jimmy played great," Dalton said. He kept getting open, and so I kept giving him the ball."

Young's three touchdowns were all long passes. The first two, 60 yards and 55 yards, were on the same play, an inside switch vertical route in response to Wyoming playing cover three. His third touchdown was on an underneath route, which Young turned into a long run after the catch, going 39 yards

Dalton sat out in the San Diego State and Colorado State games. In his two games back, he has passed for 504 yards with 6 touchdowns. Dalton said the weeks off helped him heal, but he feels the same in terms of seeing the field and throwing the ball.

For the first time this season, a running back put up more than 100 yards on the TCU defense. Devin Moore had 120 yards, while the team had a net of 113 yards. The Frogs led the nation in rushing yards allowed going into the game, with a 21-yard average.

"They came out and did some things (rushing) that Utah did at the end of the year last year," Patterson said. "They did some single wing stuff, some divided zones, and some power plays. And then they ran some reverses off of it. It bothered us, because we didn't prepare for any of it."

When asked about the importance of having the nation's best run defense on Tuesday, Patterson said numbers don't matter, just winning. He reiterated that thought after the Wyoming game.

"Everybody looks for style points," Patterson said. "I'm just looking for a win."


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