TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tye Gunn threw for 133 yards and one touchdown and Nick Browne kicked two field goals Friday night as TCU (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) held off South Florida 13-10 to end the nation's second-longest home winning streak at 21 games.
TCU's Cory Rodgers heats up on a 43-yard TD reception.
Cory Rodgers scored on a 43-yard reception in the first quarter and Browne added a 37-yard field goal just before halftime and a 17-yarder late in the third quarter to give the Horned Frogs (6-0, 3-0 Conference USA) a 13-3 lead.
South Florida (3-2, 2-1) rallied behind Brian Fisher, an elusive wide receiver who is just as exciting returning punts and when he's moonlighting as a quarterback in the shotgun formation.
Fisher broke a tackle at his own 30 and returned a punt to the TCU 32 to give the Bulls the spark they needed to get back into the
game. Six plays later, he scrambled left, then back to his right before throwing to a wide-open Elgin Hicks for a 19-yard TD, trimming South Florida's deficit to 13-10 with 9:27 remaining.
Fisher directed one more drive, but couldn't get his team past midfield. South Florida, held to 126 yards total offense, punted
with 3:23 remaining and didn't get the ball back.
South Florida rallied in the final minute of regulation before beating Louisville 31-28 in double overtime last week. Fisher
scored the tying touchdown and helped set up the winning field goal in that game, and the Bulls' offense was clearly energized when he settled behind center after starter Ronnie Banks was sacked on consecutive plays early in the fourth quarter.
TCU, which entered the game ranked 15th in the nation in total defense, finished with 10 sacks, a record for a South Florida
Gunn made his first start at quarterback for TCU since separating his shoulder in practice on Sept. 9. The sophomore
missed three starts, but the Horned Frogs didn't miss a beat with backup Brandon Hassell leading victories over Vanderbilt, Arizona and Army.
Gunn's TD pass to Rodgers gave TCU a 7-0 lead late in the opening quarter and his 25-yard completion to Reggie Harrell set up Browne's field goal for a 10-3 halftime lead.
South Florida was limited to minus-20 yards rushing in the first two quarters, and Banks was 10-for-18 for just 65 yards in the
Gunn was 10-of-19. Rodgers had three receptions for 71 yards, and Robert Merrill rushed for 70 yards on 10 carries.
Fisher was 4-of-5 for 36 yards. He caught three passes for 31 yards and gained 13 yards on seven carries.
The home loss was the first for South Florida since the Bulls were beaten 42-23 by Hofstra on Nov. 13, 1999. South Florida is 0-2
against ranked teams with the other loss coming at Oklahoma last season.