TCU Handles Air Force, 38-7
Oct. 23, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Ed Wesley had a career-high 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the TCU defense stiffened after giving up its first October touchdown, leading the No. 4 Horned Frogs to a 38-7 victory over Air Force on Saturday night.
Wesley had more yards by himself than the nation's No. 1 rushing offense as the Frogs piled up 377 yards on the ground, 30 more than the Falcons averaged coming in.
Air Force (5-3, 3-2 Mountain West) answered a TCU touchdown on the opening possession by driving 89 yards against a TCU defense that had allowed just three points in the previous three games.
The Falcons didn't do much more, though, while the Frogs (8-0, 4-0) just kept rolling. Both of Wesley's scores came in the second half, and TCU finished with 562 total yards.
For the second week in a row, TCU was in a three-point game before taking control just before halftime. This time, the lead was 10-7 after the Frogs went 89 yards in 3:01, capped by Andy Dalton's 8-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Kerley with 16 seconds left in the half.
TCU simply wore down Air Force in the third quarter. Wesley finished off an 80-yard drive with an 8-yard scoring run that included a key block from Dalton. Then Dalton had a career-long, 47-yard run to set up Matthew Tucker's 6-yard rush that made it 31-7 on the final play of the third quarter.
Air Force looked as if it would make a game of it early with its vaunted triple option offense. Nathan Walker, filling for Jared Tew after the starting fullback broke his leg last week, went 18 yards up the middle on the first Falcons possession before quarterback Tim Jefferson went another 19 yards, and the final 16 for the score.
But the Falcons had just 42 yards the rest of the first half, with just one run of more than 10 yards.
TCU had six plays of 20-plus yards and 312 total yards before halftime. Dalton's 27-yard completion to Josh Boyce keyed a 71-yard, game-opening touchdown drive that the quarterback finished himself with a 5-yard run, extending his school record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback to 20.
Wesley had 114 yards to 101 for the Falcons in the first half. He had two runs of more than 20 yards, including a 22-yarder that kick-started the drive to Kerley's scoring catch in the final seconds of the half.
TCU didn't have a bigger halftime lead because Dalton threw his first home interception of the season - and first in 88 passes - three plays after a 25-yard completion to Bart Johnson. Dalton later threw incomplete when the Frogs went for it on fourth-and-5 from the Air Force 25 early in the second quarter.