Frogs keep BCS dream alive with BYU win

Frogs keep BCS dream alive with BYU win

The Frogs made their claim as the No. 1 non-automatic qualifying team in the BCS this weekend, moving up to No. 6 in the BCS standings after blowing out BYU 38-7.

TCU passed Boise State as the top-ranked non-AQ team as Boise fell from No. 4 to No. 7 this week, despite a blowout win at Hawaii.

“Chris Petersen and Boise have got a good football team,” head coach Gary Patterson said after Saturday’s game when asked about BCS rankings.

Now, at the head of the BCS buster pack, TCU controls its own destiny.

“I don’t have any control over that, all I have control over is beating UNLV” Patterson said. “We’ll see how the votes and the computers and all those people do that stuff and see how it turns out.”

But having two non-AQ teams in the top 10 of the BCS standings is uncharted territory for the voters, and even Patterson discussed the possibility of taking two BCS busters to the party this year.

“If there was going to be a year, if we win out and Boise could win out, you’d have two teams that are pretty good football teams, this one might be one of those years that this might get done,” Patterson said. “If we were ever going to do things for the right reasons, maybe it might get done.”

However, as Patterson said, there are still games to win this year before any of that can happen. The Frogs play three of their five remaining games at home, and Patterson said home games help to manage waning energy. He also said the two away games will be tough challenges despite the teams’ records.

“We have five games left. San Diego State is getting better every week,” Patterson said. “Everyone we have left to play is going to be a tough ball game for one reason or another. Probably will be seven feet of snow when we get to Laramie (Wyo.).”

And Patterson has his players believing each game will be tough.

“It’s a mission, it’s a grind,” Frog wide receiver Jeremy Kerley said. “One down, next one up.”

The Frogs certainly put the Cougars down in Provo Saturday. TCU moved the ball for 412 yards. Quarterback Andy Dalton went 13 for 24 for 241 yards, and the Frogs ran for 127 yards. The rushing attack was lead by Matthew Tucker, who had 42 yards on 10 carries.

The Frog defense was able to get to BYU quarterback Max Hall five times, marking the fourth game this year the Frogs have recorded four or more sacks. Defensive end Jerry Hughes recorded one sack and one forced fumble.

The Frogs return to action this Saturday against UNLV in Fort Worth.