No. 10: TCU Holds On Late For Win

July 25, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas - With the opening of the 2012 football season only a couple months away, once again takes a stroll down memory lane to review the No. 10 game in Amon G. Carter Stadium history.

The top 12 games all-time will be listed weekly throughout the rest of the summer, so fans are encouraged to check back often. Please note that selected games have been looked at significantly over the last couple of months and were chosen by members of the TCU media relations staff, with the help of alum Dan Jenkins.

No. 10: 2003 // TCU 31, Louisville 28

TCU moved to 9-0 on the season with the victory.
FORT WORTH, Texas - With victories in its first eight contests in 2003, TCU was gaining national attention as the first school from a non-automatic conference to potentially crack the Bowl Championship Series.

The Horned Frogs hosted Louisville, who came into the contest with a 7-1 record, in a Wednesday night tilt, shown on ESPN2. The Cardinals appeared overmatched early as TCU led 14-3 after the first quarter.

Quarterback Brandon Hassell ran in from 8 yards out to put the Horned Frogs up 21-10 in the second quarter, but Louisville was able to tie it at the 9:46 mark of the third quarter. The Cardinals' scoring consisted of a field goal to end the first half, a passing touchdown and 2-point conversion.

TCU regained the lead, 24-21, on a 44-yard field goal from Nick Browne and the Frogs appeared to pull away when Kenny Hayter punched it in from a yard out to make it 31-21 in the fourth quarter.

With TCU clinging to a 31-28 lead late in the fourth quarter, Louisville broke the Frog defense in the closing minutes, driving from their own 20 to the Horned Frog 29. The Cardinals, who had no timeouts left, set up a potential game-tying 44-yard field goal as the clock was set to expire.

Nate Smith's kick bounced off the crossbar and TCU escaped with a 31-28 victory to improve to 9-0 overall for the first time since 1938.



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