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Despite the drubbing and the fact the Cougars looked overmatched at times, there is a little solace to take from the game. For starters, TCU is the fourth ranked team in the country and BYU was in the game until the fourth quarter.
The Cougars only scored three points and had only 147 total yards, but were able to move the ball at times on one of the most dominating defenses in the country. Of those 147 yards, 134 came in the second half.
BYU's defense, ranked near the bottom in the country, dominated the Horned Frogs at times and neutralized their speed with big hits and big plays. Unfortunately it was big plays that ultimately cost the Cougars the game.
"I was disappointed that the game wasn't closer," Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "I think it could have been."
Now, the grass gets greener for the Cougars. The combined record of their next four opponents (Wyoming, UNLV, Colorado State, and New Mexico) is 5-22 and the Cougars get three of those contests inside the friendly confines of LaVell Edwards Stadium.
If the Bronco-led defense can maintain its intensity and avoid giving up the big plays, if the running game can continue to carry the offense, and if freshman quarterback Jake Heaps can make week-to-week improvements the Cougars have a chance at salvaging what's become a very disappointing season.
"(Heaps is) going to grow up, and he's going to be a really good player," said TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson. "But he's playing on the road, and there are lots of things going on."
A four-game winning streak makes the Cougars (2-5, 1-2 MWC) bowl-eligible, snares that evasive momentum, re-establishes the Cougars' confidence and ultimately sets up another big showdown with the Utah Utes.
A lot of "ifs," undoubtedly, but some see that as an upgrade from "unlikely."