Short week dooms Frogs at BYU

Short week dooms Frogs at BYU

Thursdays have not been kind to Gary Patterson’s club this season.

A 27-22 loss to the Brigham Young Cougars last night dropped the Frogs to 0-3 in Thursday games this season and was the team’s fifth loss in its last six Thursday games.

BYU quarterback Max Hall completed 26 of 44 passes for 305 yards, one touchdown and one interception to keep the Frogs’ defense off balance.

The Cougars (7-2; 5-0) took advantage of the short field following a facemask penalty, driving 50 yards on seven plays and scoring on a 15-yard rush by Harvey Unga.

BYU would extend the lead to 14-3 early in the second quarter on a 24-yard pass to tight end Dennis Pitta.

After TCU (5-5; 2-4) made it a 17-9 game at halftime, BYU recaptured momentum quickly in the second half after Frogs quarterback Andy Dalton was intercepted on the third play of the half by Cougars linebacker Kelly Poppinga, who returned the ball down to the TCU 3-yard line. Unga would punch it in on the next play giving the Cougars a 24-6 lead.

Despite the interception and the touchdown, the Frogs would fight back on their very next possession, going 65 yards on 10 plays and scoring on a one-yard touchdown rush by wide receiver Marcus Brock to bring the score to 24-15. The Horned Frogs would fail the ensuing two-point conversion attempt.

After a few exchanges of punts, the Frogs took over on their own 6-yard line with 6:38 remaining. In 2:55, the Horned Frogs drove 94 yards for a touchdown, cutting the Cougars’ lead to 27-22. The drive was completed when Dalton rolled out and found wide receiver Bart Johnson in the corner of the end zone for the score. The play was reviewed, but not overturned.

TCU would get one final chance to win the game, taking over on their own 32-yard line with 2 minutes, 31 seconds remaining. But on fourth and 8, Dalton was sacked for the second time in the drive, this time by linebacker Bryan Kehl.