Scores

Final

(4) TCU 45

(11-0, 6-0 away)

Wyoming 10

(5-6, 3-3 home)

2:00 PM ET, November 21, 2009

War Memorial Stadium (WY), Laramie, WY

1 2 3 4 T
#4TCU 7 17 21 045
WYO 3 7 0 010

Top Performers

Passing: A. Dalton (TCU) - 168 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Tucker (TCU) - 11 CAR, 134 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Kerley (TCU) - 4 REC, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Undefeated Horned Frogs jump to best start in 71 years

Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Andy Dalton made a bet over the summer with his TCU teammates that he was hoping to lose. Win 10 straight and the junior quarterback vowed to shave his flame-red hair.

The Horned Frogs did and Dalton honored the pact, showing up last week with a pseudo Mohawk and "TCU" etched into the side. But all future bets regarding Dalton's locks are off.

Fast Facts

• TCU has won 13 straight games.

• Matthew Tucker rushed for a career-high 133 yards and two scores. It was his second straight game with two rushing touchdowns.

• The Horned Frogs clinched a share of the MWC title and can win it outright with a win vs. New Mexico.

• TCU improved to 11-0 for the first time since 1938, when they won the national championship.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

That's probably wise given the way No. 4 TCU is playing. The Horned Frogs are off to their best start in 71 years after routing Wyoming 45-10 on Saturday.

The win keeps TCU (11-0, 7-0) in the thick of BCS contention and clinches at least a share of the Mountain West Conference crown. TCU last went 11-0 in 1938.

All that stands in the way of the Frogs and a perfect regular season is a win over struggling New Mexico next week.

As for getting caught looking too far ahead -- dreaming of a possible big-money BCS bowl game -- defensive lineman Jerry Hughes said that's not possible.

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Next week's game against New Mexico will put the Horned Frogs at the top of their goal pyramid, where both a BCS bowl game and a national championship sit, writes Graham Watson. Blog
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"This team has done a great job blocking out all distractions," he said. "We're all focused on winning the next game. ... We've just got to take care of business now. When you start looking too far into the future, things start to get away from you."

That almost was the case Saturday -- at least early.

TCU found itself tied at 10 after Wyoming's Chris Prosinski scooped up a fumble and raced 98 yards for a score midway through the second quarter. But the tie lasted all of 16 seconds as Greg McCoy returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards for a score.

Then, minutes later, Dalton found a hole in the Cowboys zone and hit Jeremy Kerley in stride, the receiver taking it from there as he sprinted 45 yards for a score and a 24-10 lead.

In a flash, the Frogs turned a potential scare into some breathing room.

This wasn't the most polished victory TCU has turned in this season, the team turning the ball over four times. But the Frogs broke open a tight game by scoring 35 unanswered points, and have now outscored opponents 278-63 over the last six contests.

"It looks like we lucked out again," said TCU coach Gary Patterson, tongue firmly in cheek. "We turned the ball over, but we did what we needed to do today. It could have been worse."

Patterson reminded his team all week to not let all the BCS scuttle distract them from the task at hand. Except for a sluggish start, the Frogs didn't.

"Today was getting ourselves ready," Patterson said. "This group has done a great job of taking the next ball game. That's why we are at where we're at right now."

Wyoming (5-6, 3-4) had just 178 yards of total offense and five first downs against a stingy TCU defense.

Austyn Carta-Samuels finished 4 of 10 for 83 yards and threw an interception. He eventually gave way to Robert Benjamin, who couldn't move the sputtering offense, either.

"There's no question that TCU deserves that No. 4 ranking," said Wyoming coach Dave Christensen, whose team remains a win from becoming bowl eligible. "They are an excellent football team and we knew all along that they have no weaknesses and are very strong in all areas. ... It was a tough game."

Matthew Tucker rushed for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns, while Joseph Turner also scored twice.

Turner was dinged up early in the game when two Wyoming players fell on him, but returned after halftime.

"I had to sit out a little bit and make sure I wasn't too dizzy," Turner admitted. "It was real hard to sit out."

Dalton had a solid day, leading an offense that gained more than 500 yards. He was 10 of 19 for 168 yards through the air, his only real blemish an interception deep in Wyoming territory in the first quarter.

He was even more effective with his feet. Wyoming left the middle of the field wide open, allowing Dalton to run quite a few quarterback keepers and finish with 88 yards.

Dalton then got to sit back and watch the action in the fourth quarter.

The quietly confident Dalton carved his name deeper into the TCU history books. His 28 wins are one shy of matching the school record that Slingin' Sammy Baugh set from 1934-36.

"It's pretty cool to be considered with a guy like that. He did an unbelievable job with this program," Dalton said.

As for the BCS talk, Dalton said he's tuning it out.

"It's all speculation who will go and then who should go," Dalton said. "Each team thinks they should have the shot. We can only focus on the game."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TCU
WYO
1st Downs255
Total Yards507178
Passing16894
Rushing33984
Penalties0-05-50
3rd Down Conversions6-123-15
4th Down Conversions0-10-2
Turnovers42
Possession30:1429:46

Passing Leaders

TCUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dalton10/191688.811
WyomingC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carta-Samuels4/10838.301

Rushing Leaders

TCUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tucker1113412.2248
Dalton12887.3015
WyomingCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stewart18452.505
Alexander11312.808

Receiving Leaders

TCURECYDSAVGTDLG
Kerley48721.8145
Christian23316.5029
WyomingRECYDSAVGTDLG
Leonard14343.0043
Bolling23115.5026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTCUWYO
TD04:53Matthew Tucker 3 Yd Run (Ross Evans Kick) 70
FG00:09Ian Watts 18 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTERTCUWYO
FG10:29Ross Evans 28 Yd 103
TD06:00Chris Prosinski 98 Yd Fumble Return (Ian Watts Kick) 1010
TD05:44Greg McCoy 81 Yd Kickoff Return (Ross Evans Kick) 1710
TD01:43Jeremy Kerley 45 Yd Pass From Andy Dalton (Ross Evans Kick) 2410
THIRD QUARTERTCUWYO
TD12:08Joseph Turner 5 Yd Run (Ross Evans Kick) 3110
TD07:31Matthew Tucker 48 Yd Run (Ross Evans Kick) 3810
TD03:48Joseph Turner 5 Yd Run (Ross Evans Kick) 4510