Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Midseason Report: TCU
By Andrea Adelson
TCU Horned Frogs
Record: 6-0 (2-0 MWC)
TCU is right about where we expected it to be at the midpoint of the season. The Horned Frogs answered a big challenge right out of the gate with a 30-21 win over Oregon State. They also demolished former Southwest Conference rival Baylor 45-10. The defense has posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1955. There were questions about the defense, because it lost top players Jerry Hughes, Daryl Washington and starting cornerbacks Rafael Priest and Nick Sanders, but coach Gary Patterson has to be pleased with the effort. The Horned Frogs once again lead the nation in total defense, a mantle they have held since 2008. On offense, Andy Dalton became the active NCAA leader in career wins with 35. That also is a school record. He has also set a school record for touchdown passes. Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker have done a good job anchoring the running game, and Dalton has contributed there as well. He has only been sacked three times this season. TCU is 6-0 for the fourth time in 11 seasons, but two big games loom -- home against Air Force on Oct. 23 and at Utah on Nov. 6.
Offensive MVP, QB Andy Dalton. Though he has been inconsistent at times this season, Dalton wins, and that is all that matters to Patterson. In addition to setting all those records, Dalton is 92-of-138 for 1,177 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. He also has 512 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
Defensive MVP, DE Wayne Daniels. Patterson has consistently praised Daniels throughout the season as his most consistent player on defense. Without Hughes, Daniels has stepped up his game, big time. He leads the team and Mountain West with 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Keep in mind he had 5.5 sacks all of last season.