LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Wyoming coach Joe Glenn worried all week
about TCU's ability to create turnovers, then turn short-yardage
situations into easy points.
Turns out, he had reason to worry.
Robert Henson returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown and TCU
(5-1, 3-0 Mountain West) beat the Cowboys 28-14 on Saturday despite
just one scoring drive of more than 19 yards.
"I give this win to the defense -- they were awesome today,"
TCU quarterback Jeff Ballard said.
Wyoming (4-2, 2-1) turned the ball over seven times -- all by
Corey Bramlet, who threw four interceptions and fumbled three
Brian Bonner intercepted Bramlet on the third play of the game,
giving the Horned Frogs the ball on the Cowboys 19-yard line and
setting up Robert Merrill's 1-yard touchdown run. Chris
Manfredini's kick was wide right, making it 6-0 with 11:26 left in
the first quarter.
"We knew coming in that we were going to have a dogfight, and
we had to jump on them early," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "We
did that, and our defense was swarming."
A short Wyoming punt gave TCU another short field, setting up
Manfredini for a 32-yard field goal late in the first quarter.
Three plays later, Quincy Butler intercepted Bramlet, setting up a
34-yard Manfredini field goal that made it 12-0 early in the second
"Today, we had to defend a short field quite a bit," Wyoming
safety Ron Rockett said.
Jovon Bouknight pulled the Cowboys within 12-7 on a 31-yard
touchdown pass from Bramlet midway through the second quarter.
But Corey Rogers' 17-yard punt return gave TCU another short
field, setting up Jeff Ballard's 13-yard touchdown pass to Aaron
Brown for a 19-7 lead with 1:42 left in the half. Henson's
touchdown came just 39 seconds later, but Manfredini missed the
kick again, making it 25-7.
"It don't get no better than that," Henson said. "We practice
that -- we have takeaway drills in practice, and that's the same the
Peter LoCoco kicked a 52-yard field goal as time expired to make
it 28-7 at halftime.
Bouknight's second touchdown catch, an 11-yarder late in the
third quarter, pulled Wyoming within 28-14. But three drives into
TCU territory in the fourth quarter ended in Bramlet turnovers.
"We just did a couple things that just shocked me, and we threw
the ball to a couple guys that, evidently, we didn't see them. And
-- wow," Glenn said. "Then we get down to the goal line a couple
times late in the game and put the ball on the ground.
"It's not like us. We haven't done that in practice, so I guess
you've got to credit their defense -- their speed, their ability to
With a 16-yard catch in the first quarter, Bouknight moved past
Marcus Harris into first place on Wyoming's career all-purpose
yards list. Bouknight extended his NCAA-leading streak to 42
consecutive games with at least one catch, finishing with 11
catches -- a career high -- for 157 yards and two touchdowns and
giving him 4,861 all-purpose yards for his career.
"Jovon comes out every game, and he's tough, competitive,"
Glenn said. "I'm glad he's on my team."