TCU-Utah Postgame Notes
Nov. 14, 2009
No. 4 TCU vs. No. 14 Utah
Nov. 14, 2009
*At 10-0, TCU is off to its best start since 2003, when it also won its opening 10 games. The Horned Frogs are 10-0 for only the second time since their 1938 national championship season and the fourth time in their history (1935, 1938, 2005). In two of the three previous campaigns (1935, 1938), TCU captured the national title.
*The Horned Frogs are one of six undefeated teams in the nation.
*Following the game, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said the following, "I have been a head coach for five years, and that is the best team I've faced."
*Tonight's crowd of 50,307 set a TCU single-game attendance record. It was also the largest crowd in the 79-year history of Amon G. Carter Stadium. The previous mark was 47,280 against Texas on Nov. 17, 1984.
*Representatives from the Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl were in attendance.
*TCU has outscored its opponents 233-53 in its last five games while allowing just six touchdowns.
*The Horned Frogs rushed for 342 yards and totaled 549 of offense, marking the third-straight game the Frogs have exceeded the 300-yard rushing mark and the 500-yard mark in total offense.
*The Horned Frogs extended their home winning streak to 13 games. Dating back to 1999, TCU is 55-6 in its last 61 home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
*TCU's seniors picked up their 40th victory, leaving them two shy of becoming the all-time winningest class in school history. The record of 41 wins was set by last year's seniors (2005-08).
*TCU scored on its opening drive of the game for the fifth time (four touchdowns, one field goal) this season.
*A 10-yard scoring run by Utah's Shaky Smithson with 4:48 left in the first quarter marked the first touchdown the Horned Frogs allowed in their last three home games. Colorado State had two field goals in a 44-6 TCU win (Oct. 17). The Horned Frogs then blanked UNLV 41-0 (Oct. 31).
*TCU was even with Utah in the turnover battle, improving to 44-1 the last five seasons when ahead (31-1) or even (13-0) in that category.
*TCU led at the half (38-14) for the ninth time in 10 games this season. It's the second-straight week the Horned Frogs have led at the half by at least 24 points. TCU led 31-6 last week at San Diego State.
*When Utah reached the red zone on its second possession of the game, it snapped TCU's streak of 10 consecutive quarters without an opponent reaching the Horned Frog 20.
*TCU's 38 points were its most at the half since leading Stephen F. Austin 42-7 at the break last year.
*The Horned Frogs improved to 8-6 against ranked teams under head coach Gary Patterson.
*TCU scored in its 213th consecutive game, the nation's third-longest current streak without being blanked. It ranks 14th all-time.
*TCU scored at least 30 points for the eighth time in 10 games this season. The Horned Frogs topped the 40-point mark for the fifth time while scoring at least 50 points for the third time.
*Wesley's effort marked his first career 100-yard performance. He became the first TCU freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game since Brown had 105 yards against UNLV on Nov. 12, 2005.
*Matthew Tucker's 41-yard first-quarter touchdown run was his longest gain of the season. His previous best was a 30-yard touchdown run last week at San Diego State. Tucker later added his second score of the game on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter for his sixth touchdown of the season.
*Jerry Hughes registered eight tackles, including 2 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks. Hughes increased his season sack total to 10 1/2 while adding three quarterback hurries.
*Tank Carder led the Frog defense with a career-high nine tackles. Carder also had his first career interception, a second-quarter pick that he returned 15 yards for his first career touchdown. It was TCU's first interception return for a score since Hughes scored on a 24-yard return last year at SMU.
*Ryan Christian's 16-yard first-quarter scoring reception gave him three touchdown catches in the last two games. They also represent the only three career touchdown receptions for the senior from Aledo, Texas.
*Christian's five receptions for 48 yards, all in the first half, nearly doubled his season high of three entering the game. His career-best is six catches on two occasions, the last being the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl victory over Boise State.
*Greg Burks' first-quarter block of a Utah punt was TCU's first punt block of the season and its eighth in its last 40 games. It was TCU's first punt block since Antoine Hicks against Wyoming last season.
*Jeremy Kerley's 3-yard second-quarter scoring run was his third rushing touchdown of the season on just 14 carries.
*Antoine Hicks' 1-yard scoring run was his fourth rushing touchdown on only seven carries this season. With four scoring receptions, he now has eight touchdowns on the year on just 21 touches.
*Andy Dalton's second-quarter interception was the first pick he's thrown in his last 127 attempts, dating back to Oct. 10 at Air Force. Dalton finished the game with 207 yards passing after throwing for 197 yards in the first half.
*Ross Evans had field goals of 30 and 42 yards. He is now 13-of-15 on the season.
*With three receptions for 48 yards, Jimmy Young moved into eighth place on TCU's all-time list for receiving yards. He's now at 1,718, moving past John Washington (1,685, 1993-96).