Horned Frogs edge BYU on Rodgers' disputed score

PROVO, Utah (AP) -- As far as Cory Rodgers was concerned, he got
the ball across the goal line before fumbling.

The officials agreed, or at least they couldn't disagree.

Rodgers' fourth touchdown withstood a replay review and TCU made
the extra point that Brigham Young botched in overtime to beat the
Cougars 51-50 Saturday.

The Cougars took a 50-44 lead in OT when John Beck threw a
25-yard touchdown pass to Todd Watkins. But Justin Luettgerodt's
snap on the extra point bounced and the Frogs wrapped up kicker
Jared McLaughlin to keep BYU's lead to just six.

TCU answered with Rodgers' 3-yard touchdown run.

"I thought I was in -- definitely in," Rodgers said of the
final touchdown, when he was stripped of the ball in goal-line
pileup but the officials ruled it first crossed into the end zone.

The play was reviewed and replays were inconclusive, so the call
stood and Chris Manfredini finished it with the extra point. The
Horned Frogs (3-1, 2-0 Mountain West) celebrated their way to the
locker room as BYU fans booed and the Cougars left the field in
stunned silence.

The Horned rallied from an 18-point deficit for a second
straight overtime win.

BYU (1-2, 0-1) had led 41-29 in the third quarter, then needed
to rally for a last-second field goal and force the overtime. So
losing the replay didn't sting as bad as the overall loss.

"On my headset, our coaches told us it was a fumble. But I
trust the replay system. They reviewed it and made the call," BYU
coach Bronco Mendenhall said.

TCU remained unbeaten in its first MWC season, nine days after
beating Utah 23-20 in overtime on another debatable play. Utah felt
the Horned Frogs used an illegal pick, but that play was not
reviewable and the overtime touchdown stood.

On Saturday, the officials went upstairs after ruling Rodgers,
who scored TCU's first touchdown on a 100-yard kickoff return, made
it in before Luettgerodt nearly redeemed himself by stripping the
ball from behind.

Even with the replay, it was too close to call.

"We advised replay and they could not irrefutably say that it
was any different than the way it was called on the field. So, the
play stood," referee Gerald Wright said in a prepared statement.

Rodgers scored on third-and-1, taking an end-around handoff to
the right corner of the end zone.

"I lowered my shoulder and tried to get what I could get," he
said. "After they stuffed the second down play, I just said 'Give
me the ball."

TCU rallied from a 41-29 deficit to take a 44-41 lead with 1:25
remaining, then BYU answered with a late drive and Jared
McLaughlin's 39-yard field goal, his third of the day, to force
overtime as time expired.

"This is one of those games. If it had gone on for another
hour, it would have kept going the exact same way," TCU coach Gary
Patterson said. "It was a great ballgame."

Beck finished with career bests in passing yards and touchdowns,
completing 30 of 51 passes for 557 yards and five scores. Watkins
caught three touchdown passes and Zac Collie had the other two for

"In pass coverage, we looked like a high school team,"
Patterson said.

Jeff Ballard replaced TCU starting quarterback Tye Gunn late in
the third quarter and led the Frogs to a win in their first MWC
road game. Ballard was 8-for-12 for 150 yards and two touchdowns,
hitting Aaron Brown for a 36-yard score to give TCU the lead with
1:25 remaining.

"I didn't get a chance to be nervous. They just threw me into
the fire," Ballard said.

Rodgers had two rushing touchdowns, the 100-yard kickoff return
in the first quarter after the Frogs fell behind 14-0, and caught
nine passes for 137 yards and one more TD.

BYU outgained TCU 517-348, but had three turnovers and 10

"Losing is frustrating, especially when you're up," Beck said.
"I can't stand losing."


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