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TCU 51, BYU 50

TCU 51, BYU 50



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Cory Rodgers returned a kickoff 100 yards for TCU's first touchdown and scored on a 3-yard run on a disputed overtime play in the Horned Frogs' 51-50 win over Brigham Young on Saturday.

Rodgers was stripped of the ball on the final touchdown, but replays were inconclusive as to whether he got it across the goal line before fumbling and the call stood. Jeff Manfredini, who had three field goals for TCU, won it with the extra point to cap a thriller and the Horned Frogs' second straight overtime victory.

BYU fans booed as the Frogs celebrated their way to the locker room and the Cougars left the field in stunned silence.

TCU (3-1, 2-0 Mountain West) had rallied from a 41-29 deficit to take a 44-41 lead with 1:25 remaining, then BYU (1-2, 0-1) answered with a late drive and Jared McLaughlin's 39-yard field goal to force overtime as time expired.

It was McLaughlin's third field goal of the day, but the kicking game ended up costing the Cougars in OT. John Beck threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Todd Watkins to put the Cougars up 50-44 on the first possession of overtime. But Justin Luettgerodt's snap on the extra point bounced and the Frogs wrapped up McLaughlin to keep BYU's lead to just six.

Beck finished with career bests in passing yards and touchdowns, completing 30 of 51 passes for 557 yards and five scores. Watkins caught three touchdown passes and Zac Collie had the other two for BYU.

Jeff Ballard replaced TCU starting quarterback Tye Gunn late in the third quarter and led the Frogs to a win in their first MWC road game. Ballard was 8-for-12 for 150 yards and two touchdowns, hitting Aaron Brown for a 36-yard score to give TCU the lead with 1:25 remaining.

Rodgers had two rushing touchdowns, the 100-yard kickoff return in the first quarter after the Frogs fell behind 14-0, and caught nine passes for 137 yards and one more TD.

The Frogs were coming off a 23-20 win overtime win against Utah on Sept. 15 on another disputed play, ending the Utes' 18-game winning streak in TCU's Mountain West debut. The Frogs allowed just 317 yards in that game, but could not contain the Cougars 10 days later.

BYU outgained TCU 517-348, but had three turnovers and 10 penalties.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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