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(9) Brigham Young 7, TCU 32

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Final

8:00 PM ET, October 16, 2008
Amon Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, TX

TCU ends BYU's BCS hopes, win streak, and undefeated season

Top 25 Overview
It was over when... TCU decided that Fort Worth was the perfect setting to spoil BYU's BCS dreams.
Gameball goes to... Andy Dalton, who missed TCU's previous two games because of a knee injury but looked fine against BYU, completing 12 of 19 passes for 170 yards and two TDs.
Stat of the game... 297. We hear all about BYU's offense, but have you heard about TCU's defense? The Horned Frogs held the Cougars to just 297 yards of total offense.
Team Stat Comparison
 
1st Downs1929
Total Yards297410
Passing274170
Rushing23240
Penalties7-8410-87
3rd Down Conversions10-1811-16
4th Down Conversions2-41-1
Turnovers41
Possession28:3731:23
Air/Ground Leaders
Brigham Young Passing
 C/ATTYDSTDINT
Hall22/4227402
TCU Passing
 C/ATTYDSTDINT
Dalton12/1917020
Brigham Young Rushing
 CARYDSTDLG
Unga1453013
Collie1000
TCU Rushing
 CARYDSTDLG
Kerley977124
Turner196919
Brigham Young Receiving
 RECYDSTDLG
Collie6116049
Pitta884027
TCU Receiving
 RECYDSTDLG
Young478125
Bryant444115
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTERBYUTCU
TD12:10Jimmy Young 25 Yd Pass From Andy Dalton (Ross Evans Kick) 07
TD06:08Jeremy Kerley 16 Yd Run (Ross Evans Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERBYUTCU
FG14:45Ross Evans 21 Yd 017
TD01:06Walter Bryant 12 Yd Pass From Andy Dalton (Pat Failed) 023
THIRD QUARTERBYUTCU
FG11:41Ross Evans 31 Yd 026
TD04:26Max Hall 2 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick) 726
TD00:16Joseph Turner 5 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 732
Photo Wire
BYU quarterback Max Hall comes off the field after throwing an interception in the first half of their NCAA...
(AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas -- BYU will need a small miracle to reach the BCS. And maybe even just to win the Mountain West Conference.

With an ironic twist of revenge, and a smothering defense, TCU made sure of that.

Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes in his return to the lineup, receiver Jeremy Kerley became a running threat and the Horned Frogs sacked Max Hall six times in a 32-7 victory Thursday night that snapped the ninth-ranked Cougars' 16-game winning streak that was the longest in major college football.

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"It just hurts. The BCS winning streak, when you get beat 30-something to seven, that stuff doesn't matter," BYU defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen said. "When you have high expectations like our team has and as hard as we worked to get better, it just feels horrible."

Sort of like how TCU felt two years ago when the Cougars were last visited Fort Worth, and ended the Frogs' 13-game winning streak that was then the nation's longest.

BYU (6-1, 2-1 Mountain West) never had a chance this time. It wasn't even close, as TCU registered its biggest win ever over a Top Ten team.

"Nobody has been able to do that to BYU for a couple of years," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "No way I could have seen it coming."

Even though TCU (7-1, 4-0) had been pointing to this game since January, when a BYU logo was placed on a blocking dummy in the team weight room.

The Frogs scored on their first three drives, twice after turnovers by Hall, for a 17-0 lead -- scoring as many points in 16 minutes as BYU had allowed its last 16 quarters. That four-game stretch for the Cougars included consecutive lopsided shutouts of UCLA and Wyoming.

"It's more disappointing than surprising," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "We knew they were a very good football team. But when you make mistakes like we made against a team like that, that simply is the result."

Hall, who had been sacked only twice over the first six games, was sacked four times before halftime. His fumble, when he was sacked for the first time, set up TCU's first touchdown and he threw an interception that led to another score.

Hall finished 22-of-42 for 274 yards with two interceptions, and scored the only BYU touchdown when he scrambled to convert a fourth-and-goal from the 2 late in the third quarter. He had thrown 20 TDs with four picks before facing the Frogs.

With the first Bowl Championship Series standings coming out Sunday, the only undefeated team left in the Mountain West is No. 14 Utah (7-0), whose eight-game winning streak is tied with No. 3 Penn State and No. 7 Texas Tech for the longest in the country.

The Utes obviously have the best chance to get into one of the major bowls since no BCS buster has ever lost in the regular season. But they still have to play TCU, which certainly can't be eliminated from that conversation since its only loss was at No. 4 Oklahoma.

"Our kids are going to be excited, I'm way excited," Patterson said, stopping to remind everyone that the Frogs' focus is on the conference title. "The bottom line is we have a lot of football to play."

Utah was the original BCS buster in 2004, then the following season came to TCU and had its 18-game winning streak snapped.

Dalton, who missed the last two games with a knee injury, threw a 25-yard touchdown to Jimmy Young on his first pass. He added a 12-yarder to Walter Bryant just before halftime, the receiver making a nifty grab and getting a foot down in the back corner of the end zone -- a catch confirmed by replay -- for a 23-0 lead.

Dalton finished 12-of-19 for 170 yards and Kerley ran nine times for 77 yards. Jerry Hughes had four sacks for TCU and forced two fumbles.

Austin Collie matched the MWC record with his fifth consecutive 100-yard receiving game (six catches for 116 yards) for the Cougars, who had also won 18 consecutive conference games, a streak that began with their 2006 victory at TCU.

On BYU's opening drive of the game, Daryl Washington dropped a possible interception near the 50 with a wide-open field to the end zone ahead of him. But two plays later, Hughes hit Hall from behind, stripping the ball and TCU recovered at the Cougars 40.

The Frogs quickly went for the end zone. Dalton threw a pass that wasn't caught because of a pass interference penalty, then hit Young on the next play.

Kerley scored on a 16-yard run, avoiding a BYU defender just past the line and then zigzagging through the middle of the field virtually untouched for a 14-0 lead, ending a 72-yard drive on which he also had 24-yard run.

"You want to come with a surprise against a team like this," Kerley said. "We were more explosive, caught them off guard."

TCU led 17-0 on Ross Evans' 21-yard field goal a play after an apparent interception was overturned by replay. That drive included a 21-yard run by Kerley.

Joseph Turner, who ran 19 times for 70 yards, scored on a 5-yard run at the end of the third quarter for the final touchdown.

College Football Scores

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Thursday, October 16th
9 Brigham Young 7 Final
TCU 32
Friday, October 17th
Hawaii 7 Final
15 Boise State 27
Saturday, October 18th
11 Missouri 31 Final
1 Texas 56
Mississippi 20 Final
2 Alabama 24
Michigan 17 Final
3 Penn State 46
16 Kansas 31 Final
4 Oklahoma 45
6 USC 69 Final
Washington State 0
7 Texas Tech 43 Final
Texas A&M 25
Baylor 6 Final
8 Oklahoma State 34
22 Vanderbilt 14 Final
10 Georgia 24
12 Ohio State 45 Final
20 Michigan State 7
13 LSU 24 Final
South Carolina 17
Colorado State 16 Final
14 Utah 49
17 Virginia Tech 23 Final
Boston College 28
18 North Carolina 13 Final
Virginia 16 OT
Syracuse 13 Final
19 South Florida 45
21 Wake Forest 0 Final
Maryland 26
23 Pittsburgh 42 Final
Navy 21
25 California 27 Final
Arizona 42