TCU Pounds Wyoming, 54-7
Oct. 25, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Jimmy Young made sure TCU avoided a letdown after an eventful week.
Young had a school-record 226 yards receiving and caught three touchdown passes to help No. 15 TCU defeat Wyoming 54-7 Saturday night.
The Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-0 Mountain West) ended BYU's 16-game winning streak with a 32-7 win last week that vaulted them up the polls and into the initial Bowl Championship Series standings at No. 14.
TCU coach Gary Patterson was worried that his team would overlook a struggling Wyoming team. Young apparently took Patterson's warning to heart.
"We handled it well," said Young, who had five receptions. "We knew Wyoming wouldn't back down. Coach made sure we forgot about BYU quickly."
Young had scoring catches of 60, 55 and 39 yards, and hauled in a 65-yarder to set up another touchdown as TCU won their fourth straight game.
Jimmy Oliver had the TCU record with 206 yards receiving against Texas Tech in 1994. Young is just the second player in school history to have a 200-yard receiving game.
Young's big day helped the Horned Frogs pile up 444 yards of offense.
"Everybody looks for style points all time," Patterson said. "Maybe its just my defensive nature, but I'm just looking for a win."
Andy Dalton completed 16-of-22 passes for 334 yards and he threw four touchdown passes. The Horned Frogs, who led 38-7 after three quarters and rested most of their starters in the fourth, have outscored their opponents 140-28 during their winning streak.
Wyoming (2-6, 0-5), which upset TCU last season, has dropped five in a row and lost all its conference games by at lest 20 points.
Devin Moore had 114 yards rushing for the Cowboys, the most this season against a TCU defense which came in leading the country in run defense and total defense. More had a 42-yard TD run that cut TCU's lead to 14-7 midway through the second quarter.
"We need to taste the fruits of victory badly," Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn said. "It's been a long five weeks. We just played some good football teams and got rocked."
Wyoming quarterback Karsten Sween left the game in the third quarter with a concussion after taking a blow to the head from TCU linebacker Robert Henson. Sween, who took off his pads after going to the bench, did not return and was replaced by Dax Crum.
"(Henson) is a great player and I'm sure he didn't mean to do it," Moore said. "He was just hungry to make a hit and that's understandable. But when the engines are going like that, things can get out of control."
To prepare for the Cowboys, Patterson showed his team the tape of Wyoming's 24-21 victory over the Horned Frogs last season.
The Cowboys rushed for 232 yards and led 24-6 before the Horned Frogs scored twice late in the game.
"There was some really poor execution," TCU running back Aaron Brown said of last season's Wyoming game. "We came out with a chip on our shoulder and we proved a point. We are the TCU team everyone thinks we should be."
The Horned Frogs needed only four plays to score. Dalton hit a streaking Young for a 60-yard touchdown pass. The duo hooked up for 55 yards early in the second quarter.
"Jimmy played great," Dalton said. "He kept getting open and I kept throwing him the ball."
After Wyoming's only points of the game, Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to put the Horned Frogs back up by 14 points midway through the second quarter.
TCU built on its 24-7 halftime lead when Dalton scored on a 1-yard run after hitting Young for 65 yards, the longest pass play for the Horned Frogs this season.
Young's final catch of the game was his 39-yard touchdown reception with a minute remaining in the third. The sophomore wide receiver was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after handing the ball to himself between his legs after he crossed the goal line - similar to a basketball player trying to dribble the ball between his legs.
"It's a small habit I picked up in high school," Young said. "I guess I did it a little longer than I should have."