TCU vs. Colorado State Postgame Notes

Nov. 19, 2011

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No. 19 TCU vs. Colorado State
Nov. 19, 2011
Attendance: 34,094 (Amon G. Carter Stadium)
Final: No. 19 TCU 34, Colorado State 10

Team Notes
*TCU clinched at least a share of its third consecutive Mountain West championship. It’s the first time in school history the Horned Frogs have won conference titles in three consecutive seasons. It’s the fifth conference championship in 11 years under head coach Gary Patterson. TCU can win the outright MW title in its next game, Dec. 3 at home versus UNLV.
*TCU’s seniors won their 45th game over the last four years, making them the winningest class in school history. They break the mark of 44 victories set by last year’s senior class. It’s the fourth straight season TCU’s seniors have set an all-time win record.
*TCU extended its Mountain West records for consecutive league wins overall (23) and at home (16).
*The Horned Frogs won their 107th game under Patterson as head coach. Patterson (107-30) is two victories shy of tying Dutch Meyer (109, 1934-52) for TCU’s all-time win mark.
*The Horned Frogs won at home for the 25th time in their last 26 games while improving to 55-7 under Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
*TCU won for the 46th consecutive time when rushing (255) for more yards than passing (117).
*The Horned Frogs improved to 58-1 in their last 59 games when rushing for at least 167 yards.
*TCU has allowed just 10 points in its last two home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
*With a 21-yard Ross Evans field goal, TCU scored on its opening drive for the fifth time in the last six games and eighth time in 11 contests this season.
*TCU had its seventh straight sellout and ninth in its last 13 home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Individual Notes
*Tank Carder’s 69-yard interception return for a touchdown was his second pick returned for a score this season. He also had a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown versus Portland State. It’s Carder’s third career pick for a score. He returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown versus Utah in 2009.
*Carder’s 69-yard interception return for a touchdown was TCU’s longest pick returned for a score since Quincy Butler went 99 yards against Southern Miss on Nov. 20, 2004.
*Carder tied a season-high with a team-best nine tackles, including one for loss.
*Stansly Maponga forced his team-high fifth fumble of the year in the first quarter. It’s the most in a season by a Horned Frog since Jerry Hughes led the nation with six forced fumbles in 2008.
*Jonathan Anderson had his first career fumble recovery.
*True freshman defensive tackle Jon Lewis made his first career start. He is the second true freshman to start this year, joining nose tackle Chuck Hunter. Prior to this season, the only true freshman to start in the 11-year tenure of head coach Gary Patterson was nose tackle Kelly Griffin in 2007.
*Waymon James posted his team-best third 100-yard game of the season with 108 yards on 15 carries. It was his fourth career 100-yard effort.
*With 10 carries for a team-high 94 yards, Matthew Tucker went over the 2,000 career mark in rushing yards. He’s now at 2,014.
*Tucker topped 90 yards in rushing for the third time this season.
*Tucker’s 5-yard fourth-quarter scoring run was his team-best 10th rushing touchdown of the season and 25th of his career. He ranks sixth all-time in rushing touchdowns at TCU.
*Ed Wesley’s 1-yard third-quarter scoring run was his fourth rushing touchdown of the season and 19th of his career. He ranks 11th all-time at TCU in rushing touchdowns.
*Antoine Hicks’ 2-yard second quarter scoring run was his third rushing touchdown of the season and eighth of his career.
*Ross Evans’ 21- and 46-yard first quarter field goals give him 55 in his career, moving him past BYU’s Matt Payne (2001-04) into second place on the Mountain West’s all-time list. The leader is Utah’s Louie Sakoda with 57 (2005-08). Evans is third on TCU’s career chart, two shy of tying Michael Reeder (57, 1994-97) for second.
*Evans, now 13-of-16 on field goals this season, has made his last 11 attempts. His last miss was Sept. 17 versus Louisiana-Monroe.
*Evans’ 46-yard field goal was a yard shy of a season-long 47-yard effort versus San Diego State.



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