The margin of victory should impress voters. Where do you think TCU will be in relation to Boise State, assuming Boise State beats Hawaii later tonight?
TCU attacks on offense. The Frogs weren't afraid to put the offense in the hands of Andy Dalton, who made some big passes and kept the offense moving. TCU used some different formations, trying to put the ball in the hands of Jeremy Kerley. But Dalton used many of his receivers and the TCU run game did enough. Dalton threw for 241 yards and three TDs.
The Frogs defense did enough. They got a good pass rush on Max Hall, who was rushed on many throws. And while BYU was able to run the ball some -- Harvey Unga refused to go down on first contact, rushing for 122 on 21 carries. But that was about all BYU had in offense.
There were only two turnovers in the game, both by BYU. But the big one was early in the second half. BYU got the ball first, started to drive it and an interception altered the game. TCU got a field goal off the INT to make it a 24-7 game and then scored on a 75-yard TD pass to Antoine Hicks on the next drive to effectively end the game.
BYU came in with the top third-down conversion rate in the country at 64 percent. They converted just 5 of 15 third downs, 33 percent. That says a lot about TCU's defensive effort.
Penalties hurt the Cougars. They had nine penalties for 84 yards, including a couple of ill-timed penalties on third downs to keep the chains moving for TCU.