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GAME BLOG: (5) TCU 31, BYU 3

GAME BLOG: (5) TCU 31, BYU 3

Posted - Oct. 16, 2010 at 6:10 p.m.



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FINAL Fourth Quarter
(5) TCU 31, BYU 3

Where to go from here. Actually, up. The next four games against Wyoming, UNLV, @ Colorado State and New Mexico are very, very winnable. The Cougars are going to have to find a pattern that works on offense. 147 yards versus TCU is anemic but understandable considering the track record and the strength of the Horned Frog defense. What is encouraging is the performance of the BYU defense. A lot of TCU's 31 points can be blamed on the offense, since it regularly put the defense in disadvantaged positions. There is certainly no shame in holding TCU to 108 yards rushing. Bronco Mendenhall should hire himself as defensive coordinator at the end of the season. He has his defense playing better than anybody could have expected. -Andrew Adams

FINAL SCORE Fourth Quarter
(5) TCU 31, BYU 3

4:20 Fourth Quarter
(5) TCU 31, BYU 3

Really can't call that last touchdown by TCU anything but running up the score. The Cougars will be lucky to score another FG. It's 4th and 3, and Andy Dalton heaved for the endzone. He found Jeremy Kerley. I suppose you could say it's BYU's job to stop TCU. Of course, that's what Steve Spurrier said while running up 70 point totals at Florida in the 1990s.

End 3rd Quarter Fourth Quarter
(5) TCU 17, BYU 3

1:14 Third Quarter
(5) TCU 17, BYU 3

BYU finally gets on the board. It is now a 17-3 TCU lead, after a 27 yd Mitch Payne field goal. Call it a small victory. The offense actually had more success moving the ball. It was a combination of throws to backs out of the backfield and hard runs up the middle that keyed the drive. Cougars just gave up a long kickoff return to Jeremy Kerley. TCU has the ball at the BYU 39 ...

10:55 Third Quarter
(5) TCU 17, BYU 0

The Cougars really did need to go for it on 4th and 1 at midfield. They didnt get it but with nothing happening offensively you need to take that chance. The defense holds and the Cougars now have another chance to get the offense moving and give the defense a rest.

HALFTIME Second Quarter
(5) TCU 17, BYU 0

BYU's defense fought hard, but was ultimately placed in short field situations at the end of the first half, and gave up two quick scores. BYU's defensive performance has been admirable compared to past games, but 13 yards of offense is not going to cut it. The Cougars will need a major change on offense in the second half to make this contest competitive.

HALFTIME Second Quarter
(5) TCU 17, BYU 0

0:26 Second Quarter
(5) TCU 17, BYU 0

3:17 Second Quarter
(5) TCU 10, BYU 0

3:17 Second Quarter
(5) TCU 3, BYU 0

This is a big effort by the BYU defesne despite letting the Horned Frogs convert on long 3rd downs. That is really the difference so far is TCU's ability to convert on 3rd and long. The defense has made some stops, but they need to stop TCU from having sustained drives. The offense has shown literally nothing. Why they are not just pounding the ball is curious.....This is not SDSU, but when BYU has handed the ball off and pounded it straight ahead, it has been effective.

2:19 First Quarter
(5) TCU 3, BYU 0

BYU has been holding up pretty well on defense. Through three series, BYU has held TCU to two punts and a FG. On this past series, the defense held from its 3 yard line. Ross Evans booted a 3 yard FG. The problem that is plaguing BYU right now is the Cougars are having zero success moving the football. 3rd and 11, BYU punts again.

7:00 First Quarter
BYU 0, (5) TCU 0

The BYU defense is playing very well early on. A TCU bad snap on the first possession left the Frogs with a 3rd and 30 whihc BYU held on as TCU got conservative and ran a draw on the play. The offense looked timid on its first possession, two bad run plays and then a short pass play on 3rd and 12. Posistive signs early for the Cougars.

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