Saturday, January 1, 2011
Frogs defense doing just enough
By Brian Bennett
PASADENA, Calif. -- If it seems like Wisconsin's offense is overpowering TCU's defense, that's because the Badgers keep getting big chunks of yardage on running plays.
But where it matters -- the scoreboard -- TCU is doing just fine. Wisconsin has had five trips into Horned Frogs territory but has only 13 points to show for it. The Badgers scored more than 70 in two of their final three regular-season games, so TCU will gladly take this score as the third quarter draws closer to its conclusion.
The Horned Frogs have made just enough big plays. Cornerback Greg McCoy stripped the ball from receiver Nick Toon on what would have resulted in a catch at the TCU 1. Then Tank Carder leveled Scott Tolzien for a crunching sack that forced a punt.
There's a reason why TCU led the nation in defense three straight years. They're not dominating Wisconsin by any means. But they're doing just enough so far.