One-man show: Ballard's six touchdowns lift up TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Jeff Ballard threw for a school-record tying five touchdowns and ran for another score as TCU beat San Diego State 52-0 Saturday for its fifth straight win.

Ballard was 20-of-23 passing for 288 yards as TCU (8-2, 4-2 Mountain West) posted its most lopsided win since defeating SMU 62-7 in 2000.

The Horned Frogs were forced to punt on their first possession, but scored points on their next eight drives.

San Diego State (2-8, 2-4) couldn't mount much against the TCU defense.

The Aztecs only had 87 yards of offense and turned the ball over twice. They also had a punt blocked in the first half.

San Diego State had two first downs on its opening drive and only one -- which was by penalty -- the next seven times it touched the ball.

And while the Aztecs were misfiring offensively, Ballard was having one of the best games of his career.

Ballard completed 14 straight passes before missing late in the first half. On the next play, Ballard found Quentily Harmon for 30 yards. That set up Ballard's 4-yard touchdown run which put the Horned Frogs ahead 38-0 at halftime.

Donald Massey had 100 yards and three touchdowns receiving, and Joseph Turner rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Ballard's 18-yard touchdown pass to Massey gave TCU a 7-0 lead. He followed with scoring passes of 44 yards to Shae Reagan, 30 yards to Harmon and five yards to Massey.

On TCU's first drive after halftime, Ballard threw a 33-yard TD to Massey for his fifth TD pass to tie a mark set by Matt Vogler in 1990 and Steve Stamp in 1981.

Ballard was then replaced by Marcus Jackson, who led the Horned Frogs on another scoring drive that was capped by Turner's 24-yard run midway through the third.

The Aztecs' only scoring opportunity came in the third quarter when Ray Bass returned a kickoff 74 yards to the TCU 16. But they couldn't capitalize as Garrett Palmer missed a 37-yard field goal.

This was San Diego State's worst loss since a 59-6 setback to UCLA in 1988.

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