Joseph Turner found the goal line three times on only nine carries for 44 yards to lead the TCU Horned Frogs (2-0) to a 67-7 win over Stephen F. Austin (1-1) on Saturday night. Turner was one of four backs to receive seven or more carries in the contest. Ryan Christian led the way rushing for TCU with eleven carries for 68 yards and a touchdown.
The 67 points was one off the school record set in 1930’s against Austin College. The Frogs had not scored over 50 points in a game since 2006 against San Diego St.
Once again the story of the game was TCU’s defense. The Frogs gave up only ten first downs and forced four turnovers, including three interceptions. In two balls games this season, TCU has only allowed ten points and forced seven turnovers.
The first team starters scored on their first five possessions, before many of them were pulled late in the second to early third quarter.
Quarterback Andy Dalton played extremely well again going 11-13 for 131 yards. The sophomore added 25 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown. “He managed the game well. I think two weeks in a row Andy Dalton has looked like a lot more mature quarterback then we saw a year ago,” stated Coach Patterson after the game.
Dalton’s favorite target on the night was sophomore speedster Jimmy Young. Young had a career high seven catches for 104 yards. Second on the night receiving was tight end Shae Reagan. The senior had three catches for 40 yards.
A major concern for teams in the early parts of a season is injuries. So far TCU has not had any more setbacks to report. “The biggest thing we came out of this football game with is we didn’t really have any injuries. That is two weeks in a row,” reported Coach Patterson.
It sometimes hard for players to find motivation for a game like Stephen F. Austin, but when the other team starts to talk trash, you find something to play for. “They helped us a little bit, they’re Coach said they were going to go from 0-11 to 11-0 on the radio last night,” said Coach Patterson. “They started really talking down the sidelines before the game started. That pretty much did it for me. I didn’t really have to do anything.”
TCU will practice tomorrow night and take Monday off. The Frogs will host Pac-10 opponent Stanford next Saturday at 6:00 P.M.
Pre-Season All MWC Defensive Player of the Year Jason Phillips was held out of the ball game with an unidentified injury. Before missing tonight's game, Phillips had starter 39 straight games. Patterson after the game said expect to see Phillips back next week, “He could have played tonight if we wanted him to.”
Senior running back Aaron Brown was held out of the game for the second straight week for violating school policy. Right now he is questionable for the game on Saturday against Stanford.
After being held out of the game last week against New Mexico with a lower leg injury, safety Tejay Johnson was back and got the start. The sophomore recorded four tackles in the contest. Coach Patterson commented on Johnson’s play in his press conference. “I think having Tejay Johnson back was a big help, because the communication was about fifteen times better on the field then it was last week.”
TCU set a school record with nine touchdowns, breaking the previous mark of eight recorded in a 62-55 victory over Houston in 2003.
TCU improved to 43-0 when allowing 17 or fewer points under head coach Gary Patterson. Overall, the Horned Frogs have won 58 consecutive games when holding the opponent to 17 points or less.
Freshman Ross Evans made a 45-yard field goal to put him at 3 for 4 on the season.