Rapid Reaction: TCU 38, BYU 28
October, 28, 2011
By Art Garcia | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON -- Casey Pachall threw for two touchdowns and TCU's defense forced three turnovers as the Horned Frogs survived some anxious moments to outlast BYU 38-28 Friday night at Cowboys Stadium.
TCU (6-2) won its third in a row and reached bowl eligibility for a seventh consecutive season. The Frogs completed their nonconference schedule with a 2-2 record and have beaten the Cougars (6-3) four straight times.
** The Frogs needed only 45 seconds to get their first touchdown and four yards for the second. Pachall hooked up with a wide-open Skye Dawson from 48 yards out on TCU's second play from scrimmage.
The Cougars botched a punt on their first drive, with a low snap setting TCU up inside the 10-yard line. Backup quarterback Matt Brown scored on the first of his two keepers and the Frogs were up 14-0 at the 10:06 mark of the first quarter.
** TCU came into the game mindful of quarterback Riley Nelson's ability to make things happen with his feet. The BYU quarterback proved slippery, especially on designed runs, and a couple of big throws by Nelson helped dig the Cougars out of their early hole.
Nelson's 42-yarder to Ross Apo set up a field goal midway through the first quarter. The Cougars got into the end zone on Michael Alisa's 22-yard reception from Nelson, getting the visitors within 14-10 with two minutes left in the opening period.
** The Horned Frogs were in position to pad their lead at the BYU 47 after safety Jonathon Anderson's spectacular one-handed interception. The Frogs were moving the ball before stalling after a 15-yard penalty for a chop block.
** TCU did get seven on its next possession thanks to another short drive. Greg Burks partially blocked a BYU punt, giving the Frogs the ball on the 37. Running back Ed Wesley's 28-yard sprint to the 2 set up another Brown keeper.
** Another TCU pick -- in the back of the end zone by linebacker Kenny Cain -- thwarted a BYU march in the second quarter. Nelson was under pressure and lofted a prayer, the pass was tipped and Cain tiptoed the back line to come down with it.
** The Frogs went into halftime up 28-10 after Pachall's 33-yard TD pass to Josh Bosh with 36 seconds left in the second period. Pachall had all day to find the sophomore receiver sprinting alone down the right hash.
** Another punting miscue by BYU on its first possession of the third quarter led to another Frogs' touchdown. TCU went 38 yards on four plays, capped by Waymon James' short run.
** The Cougars, trailing 35-13, made things interesting with 67-yard punt return touchdown by JD Falslev with 2:20 left in the third. BYU began the fourth driving in TCU territory, but coughed up the ball on the 29 after fumbling away a lateral pass.
** TCU takes a 6-5 lead in series history with BYU. The Frogs and Cougars have met for seven straight years, the first six in the Mountain West before this nonconference game. There are no plans presently to continue to series.
** The official attendance was 50,094, which was impressive considering the Texas Rangers were in Game 7 of the World Series. Playing at Cowboys Stadium made sense with Amon G. Carter Stadium currently seating about 35,000 due to construction.