TCU Horned Frogs kicked off the Mountain in 13-10 loss
By MERCEDES MAYER- Fort Worth Star Telegram
TCU will have just over two weeks to dwell on what might have been before playing Air Force in the season finale on Nov. 22.
TCU's Andy Dalton felt no shortage of defensive pressure
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It was a case of missed opportunities. Ross Evans missed two field goals in the final six minutes, TCU also lost the turnover battle — committing two — and the Frogs had costly penalties (11 for 70 yards).
"It's definitely one of the biggest" games in Mountain West history, commissioner Craig Thompson said before the game. "As far as what we're trying to build, it's exactly the prototype. Two top-11 teams, a national audience, three of the four BCS bowls are here and a number of our other bowl partners.
"No excuses," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "They found a way to make the play to win the ballgame."
It was a stunning loss considering the way TCU started the game, gaining 202 yards in the first quarter. Utah fans wore black to match the uniforms the Utes broke out for the showcase game. The fans were loud and rowdy and didn't faze the Frogs one bit in the first quarter as TCU scored the first 10 points.
Beyond the two interceptions, TCU left four field goals on the field. Freshman kicker Ross Evans missed kicks from 26 and 35 yards and quarterback Andy Dalton was sacked twice to push the Horned Frogs out of field goal range.
Want to know what the word "destiny" looks like? It wears all-black uniforms and dons a red helmet with a "U." It's also just two wins away from a perfect regular season, an undisputed conference championship, and a BCS bowl bid.
fter the No. 10 Utes (10-0, 6-0) crafted yet another last-minute game-winning drive to beat TCU 13-10 Thursday, are there any who doubt that this team isn't going to bust into the BCS?
So the Utes trailed Texas Christian all night. So they struggled to move the football against the country's No. 2-ranked defense. So they were in danger of falling hopelessly behind as the fourth quarter wound down Thursday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. So what?
"They were successful because they are really good," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "That's the best defense we've seen all year - hands down. They are fast. Their scheme is very sound. They deserve all those national rankings they have. . . . That's a tremendous defense."
He answered every question, but he appeared almost numb, as if he was still trying to comprehend what had just happened. "Two good football teams played their tails off," he said. "I'll never forget this team." A second's pause. "I may never forget this game."