Frogs hold No. 4 spot after win against Utah

Frogs hold No. 4 spot after win against Utah

Despite a 55-28 beating of formally No. 16 ranked Utah, the Frogs remain in the No. 4 spot in the BCS and Associated Press standings.

Without any upsets in the top of the ranks this week, the top eight in the BCS standings remained the same from last week’s rankings.

This weekend put TCU football on display with three media outlets broadcasting live from TCU on Friday and Saturday. ESPN’s College GameDay had a large turnout of loud Horned Frog fans cheering on analyst Lee Corso’s selection of a Frog victory by donning the SuperFrog mascot head. Host Chris Fowler was impressed with the purple mass that filled the Campus Commons.

“It’s flattering,” Fowler said. “We know it’s mainly about the passion for the Horned Frogs and a chance to show the nation what it’s all about, but we’re just along for the ride.”

And the nation was eager to find out. On Saturday afternoon, after the GameDay broadcast, TCU football was the No. 10 most popular search on Yahoo.com.

Later in the day, the Horned Frog nation found out what this team was all about for themselves. The announced crowd of 50,307, the largest ever at Amon Carter Stadium, watched the Frogs amass 549 yards of offense while the defense held Utah to 284 yards total.

“I’m very proud of my team, our fans and Fort Worth,” head coach Gary Patterson said after the game. “ESPN GameDay and CBS College Sports gave us an opportunity to show people TCU football and Fort Worth. I was very humbled by the situation and very humbled by the way our kids played tonight.”

TCU set the tone early on with an eight play 87-yard scoring drive capped by Matthew Tucker’s 41-yard touchdown run on its first possession.

The Utes would even the score at 7-7 later in the quarter with a four play 43-yard touchdown drive topped off with a 10-yard touchdown run by Shaky Smithson.

TCU would go on to score 28 unanswered points, scoring on each of its next four possessions. Tank Carder highlighted the first-half scoring with his first career interception in the second quarter that he returned 15 yards for his first career touchdown.

“We had to come alive,” Carder said. “At the beginning of the game, we knew it was going to be a challenge and when they scored, we were able to turn it on.”

Utah ended its scoring drive late in the first half with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Wynn to David Reed. The Frogs answered with a 30-yard field goal made by kicker Ross Evans in the waning seconds of the second quarter, making the score at the half 38 – 14 in the Horned Frogs favor.

After another Evans field goal in TCU’s first possession of the second half, Utah scored a touchdown on a 1-yard Eddie Wide run.

On their next possession the Frogs would answer with a 14-yard touchdown run from running back Ed Wesley who ran for a team-high and personal best 137 yards, making him the first TCU freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game since Aaron Brown ran for 105 yards vs. UNLV on Nov. 12, 2005.

The last time Utah allowed more than 50 points to an opponent was to Rice in 1996.

Utah’s coach revealed admiration for the Horned Frog squad after the contest.

“They were who we thought they were,” Utah head coach Kyle Wittingham said. “Tonight, that was a good football team. I’ve been a head coach for five years, and that is the best team I’ve faced.”

With a 10-0 record, TCU is off to its best start since 2003 when it also won its first 10 games. Patterson, however, while pleased with his team’s performance, was quick to keep things in perspective.

“The biggest thing for us is that we need to finish,” Patterson said. “We have two games left, one on the road. I understand how big of a win this is but I’ve been there. I’ve beaten Oklahoma and gotten beat by SMU … we need to finish.”