Hobbs fourth-quarter run lifts TCU, 27-24


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

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.


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