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(12) TCU 10, (8) Utah 13

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8:00 PM ET, November 6, 2008
Rice-Eccles Stadium
Salt Lake City, UT

Johnson TD pass with 48 seconds left lifts Utah past TCU

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Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Robert Johnson picked off TCU QB Andy Dalton to seal the win for the Utes.
Gameball goes to... Brian Johnson. The Utah QB passed for 230 yards and threw the game-winning TD with 47 seconds left.
Stat of the game... 2. The Horned Frogs missed two critical field goal attempts in the fourth quarter.
Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs2017
Total Yards416275
3rd Down Conversions8-194-15
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Air/Ground Leaders
TCU Passing
Utah Passing
TCU Rushing
Utah Rushing
TCU Receiving
Utah Receiving
Scoring Summary
FG09:54Ross Evans 37 Yd 30
TD06:16Ryan Christian 3 Yd Run (Ross Evans Kick) 100
FG02:37Louie Sakoda 49 Yd 103
FG00:00Louie Sakoda 37 Yd 106
TD00:48Freddie Brown 9 Yd Pass From Brian Johnson (Louie Sakoda Kick) 1013
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- The BCS Busters II are still alive.

Fast Facts

• After falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, Utah regrouped to score 13 unanswered points capped by a Brian Johnson touchdown pass to Freddie Brown with 47 seconds left in the game. Brown caught nine passes for 105 yards to lead the Utes.

• TCU outgained Utah 444-275, but could not capitalize on scoring chances down the stretch.

• TCU kicker Ross Evans made one of three field-goal attempts.

• Utah improved to 5-1 all-time against TCU. Utah remains a perfect 5-0 in school history in games when both teams are ranked.

-- ESPN research

Brian Johnson led No. 10 Utah to a thrilling comeback, marching the Utes 80 yards in the final minutes and completing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Brown with 48 seconds left in a 13-10 victory over No. 11 TCU on Thursday night.

The Utes remained unbeaten and in contention for a Bowl Championship Series berth despite getting outgained 416 yards to 275. Utah is 10-0 for just the second time in school history, matching the start of the original BCS Busters in 2004.

"We knew it was there for us," said Johnson, who was 7-of-9 for all 80 yards on the winning drive.

Watson: Utah Controls Road

Utah came out of Thursday's game against No. 12 TCU with a 13-10 victory, and put its BCS fate in its own hands, writes Graham Watson. Blog
It was the second time this season Johnson has saved the Utes (10-0, 6-0 Mountain West) in the final minutes. He led Utah to an 11-point rally in the final 90 seconds of a 31-28 win over Oregon State on Oct. 2.

"I told the guys, 'Stay in it. We're going to have a chance to win it late,'" Johnson said.

The 45,666 fans were the second-largest crowd to see a game at Rice-Eccles Stadium, which was shaking as thousands jumped up and down when Johnson found Brown on a slant pattern for Utah's only touchdown of the game.

Robert Johnson intercepted a pass from Andy Dalton to seal it with five seconds to go and after Johnson took a knee, the Utes were swarmed as the fans rushed the field.

"This was just magical," said defensive end Paul Kruger, who had one of two third-down sacks that knocked the Horned Frogs (9-2, 6-1) out of field-goal range.

TCU missed two field goal attempts in the fourth quarter, either of which would have put the Frogs up by seven.

Ross Evans bounced one kick off the left upright, then with 2:48 left he was wide right on a 35-yard attempt. Utah got the ball back on the 20 and Johnson led the Utes from there.

"We missed two field goals. It was just one of those things," TCU coach Gary Patterson said.

TCU gave Utah 15 yards with a pass interference penalty, but still nearly had the drive stopped as Utah faced a fourth-and-5. Johnson converted it with an 11-yard pass to Brown to the Frogs' 15, then two plays later, Johnson found Brown again for the winning score.

Brown had nine catches for 105 yards.

"It's like he has no pulse. He just stays calm in those situations," Johnson said of Brown.

Aaron Brown ran for 106 yards on 15 carries and Dalton passed for 251 yards, but the Frogs hurt themselves with penalties and untimely breakdowns. TCU was called for 11 penalties, missed the two field goals and allowed four sacks -- two of which cost them possible points.

In the third quarter, Dalton threw a pass to Walter Bryant inside the Utah 5-yard line, but Bryant was ruled out of bounds and the Frogs did not challenge the call. Kruger sacked Dalton on the next play to knock the Frogs out of field-goal range.

"We got together and we said we need to do something special if we want to come out with a victory," Kruger said. "This is an incredible win."

It was a stunning loss considering the way TCU started the game, gaining 202 yards in the first quarter.

Utah fans wore black to match the uniforms the Utes broke out for the showcase game. The fans were loud and rowdy and didn't faze the Frogs one bit in the first quarter as TCU scored the first 10 points.

Evans kicked a 37-yard field goal and Ryan Christian scored on a 3-yard run for TCU.

"I thought the momentum was in our favor and our kids were moving the football," Patterson said.

But the second quarter belonged to the Utes, who held TCU to 6 yards of offense in the period. The Frogs self-destructed with five penalties in the quarter, including three false starts during one possession. Utah sacked Dalton twice in the quarter and Sean Smith returned an interception 37 yards to set up Louie Sakoda's 37-yard field goal at the end of the half that made it 10-6.

"No one panicked. we just hung in there," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "Nothing came easy but the guys toughed it out and they came up with big plays each time we needed them."

College Football Scores

Other Scores:

Wednesday, November 5th
Northern Illinois 14 Final
17 Ball State 45
Thursday, November 6th
12 TCU 10 Final
8 Utah 13
23 Maryland 13 Final
Virginia Tech 23
Saturday, November 8th
1 Alabama 27 Final
16 LSU 21 OT
9 Oklahoma State 20 Final
2 Texas Tech 56
3 Penn State 23 Final
Iowa 24
Baylor 21 Final
4 Texas 45
5 Florida 42 Final
Vanderbilt 14
6 Oklahoma 66 Final
Texas A&M 28
21 California 3 Final
7 USC 17
Utah State 14 Final
10 Boise State 49
11 Ohio State 45 Final
24 Northwestern 10
13 Georgia 42 Final
Kentucky 38
Kansas State 24 Final
14 Missouri 41
San Diego State 12 Final
15 Brigham Young 41
Purdue 7 Final
18 Michigan State 21
20 Georgia Tech 7 Final
19 North Carolina 28
Clemson 27 Final
22 Florida State 41
Louisville 7 Final
25 Pittsburgh 41
Cincinnati 26 Final
25 West Virginia 23 OT