Saturday, September 4, 2010
Halftime: TCU 21, Oregon State 14
By Ted Miller
ARLINGTON, Texas -- TCU leads Oregon State 21-14 at the half.
A well-played first half. This one feels like it might be in question until the fourth quarter.
Turning point: Oregon State went three-and-out and punted from its 22 late in the second quarter. A short punt from Johnny Hekker and a 35-yard return from Jeremy Kerley gave the Horned Frogs the ball on the Beavers 23. Four plays later, TCU took its first lead.
Stat of the half: Oregon State has just 33 yards rushing. TCU has 125.
Best call: On a fourth and 1 from its 43, Oregon State ran a fake punt, and Hekker threw for 23 yards to Jordan Poyer. The next play, Ryan Katz connected with Jordan Bishop for a 34-yard TD and a 14-7 lead.
What Oregon State needs to do: It's all about the running game. Oregon State needs one, and it needs to stop the Horned Frogs on the ground. It particularly needs to spy on Dalton, whose scrambles for much of the half were the Horned Frogs best play.