After skyrocketing up the polls and appearing in the first BCS standings of the year, (8-1, 5-0 MWC) TCU was trying to avoid a major let down against (2-6, 0-5 MWC) Wyoming. From the very start, the superior frogs outmatched the Cowboys.
TCU jumped out to a 14-0 lead, off of a 60 and 55-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Jimmy Young. The two were not done. Later in the third quarter, the quarterback found Young again this time for a 39-yard touchdown.
"Jimmy played great," Dalton said after the game. "He kept getting open and I kept throwing him the ball."
Dalton was not the only one impressed by Young's performance tonight.
"I thought he was coming on in the last part of the season in 2007," said Coach Gary Patterson. "He made a tremendous catch in Houston last year at the bowl game. He's a good player."
It was Young's third 100-yard receiving game of the season and fourth career 100-yard day. His previous career-best was 111 yards on six catches earlier this season at Oklahoma.
"I have never had a game like this," said Young. "I had a game with a lot of catches and maybe 185 yards, but nothing like 226. This is a new experience for me. It was really fun…it feels great, but it is something that I'm going to have to forget about for the next couple of weeks and wait until the season is over, because now my focus has to be on UNLV."
After TCU jumped out to a 14-0 lead, Wyoming got back into the ball game off of a 43-yard touchdown run by Devin Moore. The Cowboys spirits were quickly crushed though, after Aaron Brown took the ensuing kick off 85-yards for a touchdown and 21-7 TCU lead. After being so close on previous occasions this season, Brown finally got into the end zone off of a kick return.
"It felt good. It felt really good," state Aaron Brown after the game. "The OU game I almost got there and last week I stepped out of bounds, so I was kind of frustrated. I wanted the coaches to know that I wasn't going to run out of bounds and no matter what I was going to stay in bounds and try to score."
Moore's 42-yard touchdown was huge in the running backs effort to become the first player to rush for over 100-yards against the Frogs this season. TCU came into the game 1st in the nation in run defense, but tonight allowed 113 yards.
"In my opinion, Devin Moore is the best running back that we have faced all year," said Robert Henson after the game. "He made us go back to the basics of tackling, which is break down and wait on him to make a move and go for him then. That guy plays hard, he's obviously the leader of his team and behind him, they can do a lot."
TCU will travel to Vegas this next weekend to take on UNLV. The Rebels took #21 BYU down the stretch today before losing 42-35.
"It's about nutrition and keeping people healthy," said Coach Patterson. "It's going to be a wild one in the next three weeks. Our next two ball games are on the road and we will have to find a way to bring our own energy. Every week you have to come play."
GoFrogs.com Interesting Notes:
*TCU was +2 in turnover margin and is now +14 on the season. Over the last four years, TCU is 32-1 when ahead (28-1) or even (4-0) in that category.
*Under head coach Gary Patterson, TCU improved to 49-0 when allowing 17 points or less. Overall, the Frogs have won 64 consecutive games when holding the opponent to 17 or fewer points.
*TCU outscored Wyoming 16-0 in the fourth quarter and now has a 78-0 margin over its opponents in the final quarter this season.
*Andy Dalton had 334 yards passing, finishing just short of his career-high 344 at Stanford last season.
*Jason Phillips led TCU with 11 tackles Saturday. It was his team-leading third double-figure tackle effort of the season.
*Jerry Hughes, who entered the game with a nation-leading 11 sacks, recorded his 12th sack of the season which resulted in a 26-yard loss.