7:00 PM ET, October 18, 2003
Amon Carter Stadium, FORT WORTH, TX
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- With the first BCS standings coming out Monday, the TCU Horned Frogs had one last chance to prove they should start out in the upper tier.
Instead, the Horned Frogs' 27-24 victory over UAB on Saturday night was more indicative of why they are ranked 16th, lowest among the five undefeated teams.
Lonta Hobbs ran for two touchdowns and Nick Browne kicked four field goals, but those were the only points TCU could muster out of nine drives that started within 60 yards of the end zone. The kicks weren't gimmes, either, as Browne nailed 48- and 49-yarders.
The Horned Frogs are led by their defense, anyway, but the unit that had allowed only 37 points over the last five games gave up touchdowns on three straight drives in the middle of the game. UAB's rally ended when quarterback Darrell Hackney got hurt.
He left having thrown five passes of at least 25 yards with runs of 20 and 29 yards. Replacement Chris Williams failed to get a first down until the last drive, which ended when Chris Peoples intercepted a deflected pass with 1:14 left.
"I don't what you say other than it's a positive that we won," TCU coach Gary Patterson said.
That is quite a positive, though.
In addition to remaining undefeated, the Horned Frogs (7-0, 4-0 Conference USA) stretched their winning streak to nine, matching No. 1 Oklahoma for the nation's longest, and won their 11th straight at home. They also avenged a loss to UAB (3-4) in their only previous meeting.
For TCU, a bigger concern than the BCS standings is its injury report. Quarterback Tye Gunn left in the third quarter with a groin problem and three defensive backs went out.
UAB hurt itself with 12 penalties for 111 yards, including two for hitting the punt returner after he signaled for a fair catch.
The Blazers were so disorganized that when taking over while down by three with 8:21 left, they had to call a timeout because there were 12 men on the field, then had a false start. They'll need to clean things up to have any chance in their next game -- at No. 4 Georgia.
"We have to learn something from every game," cornerback Bobby Keyes said. "We'll go back home and put together a new game plan."
UAB went ahead 10-6 with 1:43 left until halftime on a 53-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White, then TCU answered with 10 points in the final 35 seconds.
Hobbs capped a 47-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run, then the Blazers fumbled the ensuing kickoff at the 15. The Horned Frogs failed to get into the end zone, though, actually moving back 5 yards before Browne kicked a 37-yarder.
Then Hackney opened the third quarter with a 63-yard pass, capping that drive with an 8-yard TD run. His two long runs came on the next drive, which Trey Chaney ended with a 9-yard run that gave UAB a 24-16 lead.
When TCU lost Gunn, replacement Brandon Hassell finished the drive by setting up Browne's 49-yarder. He threw an interception on his next series, then took the Horned Frogs 59 yards, getting the lead on Hobbs' 10-yard TD. A 2-point conversion pass to Chad Andrus put them up by a field goal.
"No matter what happens, we find a way to win," TCU defensive end Bo Schobel said.
Hassell finished 4-of-10 for 57 yards and Gunn was 14-of-26 for 136. Hobbs ran for 53 yards and Robert Merrill had 85.
Hackney was 8-of-19 for 262 yards and a touchdown, and ran five times for 58 yards and a touchdown.
His four first-half completions went for 45, 44, 25 and 53 yards. He ran for only a yard in the first half, then had 57 during his brief time in the third quarter.
White, who scored from 95 and 56 yards the previous game, savored his 53-yarder.
Having lost his defender when he caught the ball around the 5, White dove headfirst into the end zone, stretching the ball over the goal line at the start of a flip. An official was in the motion of throwing a penalty flag for excessive celebration before White even landed on his back.
Williams was 3-of-11 for 34 yards. Chaney ran for 37 yards.
Blazers defensive tackle Sam Williamson hurt his left leg in the second quarter and had to be taken to the locker room on a cart.
|3rd Down Conversions||2-13||5-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-1|
|FG||10:48||NICK HAYES 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 46 yards.
|FG||13:22||NICK BROWNE 25 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yards.
|FG||7:59||NICK BROWNE 48 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 16 yards.
|TD||1:43||RODDY WHITE 53 YD PASS FROM DARRELL HACKNEY (NICK HAYES KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||0:35||LONTA HOBBS 4 YD RUN (NICK BROWNE KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 47 yards.
|FG||0:03||NICK BROWNE 37 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, -5 yards.
|TD||12:54||DARRELL HACKNEY 8 YD RUN (NICK HAYES KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 74 yards.
|TD||8:23||TREY CHANEY 9 YD RUN (NICK HAYES KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 67 yards.
|FG||6:35||NICK BROWNE 49 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||11:33||LONTA HOBBS 10 YD RUN (CHAD ANDRUS 2PT PASS FROM BRANDON HASSELL)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 59 yards.