Scores

Final

UL Monroe 17

(1-2, 0-2 away)

(23) TCU 38

(2-1, 1-0 Big 12)

2:00 PM ET, September 17, 2011

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX

1 2 3 4 T
ULM 17 0 0 017
#23TCU 14 7 14 338

Top Performers

Passing: C. Pachall (TCU) - 204 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Tucker (TCU) - 15 CAR, 66 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Boyce (TCU) - 7 REC, 134 YDS, 1 TD

TCU pulls away late for coach Gary Patterson's 100th win

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas -- After TCU players heard from an irritated coach Gary Patterson at halftime, they quickly took it out on Louisiana-Monroe.

Greg McCoy returned the second-half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, and the TCU defense came up with a big play right after as the 23rd-ranked Horned Frogs finally took control in a 38-17 victory that was Patterson's 100th win as head coach.

"He was pretty intense," quarterback Casey Pachall said. "He got after all of us in there; we had to step it up."

Patterson's rant had nothing to do with his milestone victory. The 11th-year coach is more concerned about the maturation of his young team after losing so many key players from last year's Rose Bowl championship season.

Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) piled up 189 total yards in the first quarter, when it scored all of its points to take a 17-14 lead.

"Hopefully, we'll learn to get back to fanatic TCU effort, because when they turned up the knob, good things happened," a hoarse-throated Patterson said afterward. "But we've got to keep turning up the knob. You've got to start from the opening bell."

Despite what Patterson called "terrible" defense in the first quarter and "terrible" offense in the fourth quarter, TCU (2-1) matched a Mountain West Conference record with its 21st consecutive home win. It was also the 10th consecutive winning home opener under Patterson.

The Frogs led 21-17 before McCoy took the second-half kick at the 6, then took one step toward the middle of the field before cutting back toward the sideline. He ran nearly untouched to the end zone, his path completely clear once the kicker was knocked down near midfield.

"It was terrible," Warhawks receiver Brent Leonard said. "That special teams play and then that fumble, that kind of killed us. It's hard to come back from things like that."

Three plays after McCoy's sprint up the right sideline in front of the ULM bench, the Warhawks (1-2) gave the ball back when Jyruss Edwards fumbled after taking a crushing blow from Stansly Maponga. D.J. Yendrey recovered at the 28, setting up Matthew Tucker's second TD run, a 1-yarder for a 35-17 lead less than 5 minutes into the second half.

"I gave our guys a pretty good (halftime) lecture, too. We had missed some opportunities," coach Todd Berry said. "I knew (Patterson) was going to get on them. I told the players, 'Get ready. They're going to come out fired up, and we need to match that intensity.' I felt good about it, our team's focus and then all of a sudden you have the kickoff returned for a touchdown. That's not the way you want to open the second half."

TCU didn't score again until Ross Evans kicked a 28-yard field goal with 27 seconds remaining.

Louisiana-Monroe, now 0-22 against Top 25 teams, led 17-14 on Tavarese Maye's 37-yard touchdown catch with 19 seconds left in the first quarter. Maye lunged forward in the middle of the end zone for the grab after cornerback Kevin White stumbled and fell against the receiver's legs.

The Warhawks gained only 125 more yards after that.

This was the first game at Amon G. Carter Stadium since a major renovation began after their final home game last season. The work isn't scheduled to completed until the 2012 opener, with the new upper deck unfinished and unusable.

The Frogs haven't lost there since 2007 against Utah.

Patterson, promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach after the 2000 regular season, is 100-29. The only TCU coach to win more games is Dutch Meyer, with 109 from 1934-52. That included the Frogs' only AP national championship in 1938, their only other undefeated season until last year.

TCU finally went ahead to stay only after getting a lucky break. Offsetting penalties wiped away Skye Dawson's fumbled punt return that the Warhawks had recovered at the 15.

Brandon Carter fielded the do-over kick and had an 18-yard return, setting up a 12-play, 73-yard drive that ended with Antoine Hicks' 2-yard TD run that made it 21-17 with 5:16 left in the half.

After the Warhawks punted again with a minute left, TCU gave the ball back when R.J. Young reached out and stripped the ball from Pachall's hand and recovered it with 10 seconds left at the 32. ULM got 6 yards on a quick pass, but Justin Manton's 43-yard field goal attempt on the final play was wide right.

ULM got a 23-yard field goal by Manton on the opening drive, though TCU quickly responded when Pachall hit Josh Boyce in stride at the 30 behind a defender for what turned into a 68-yard TD.

"I feel like anytime I can get the ball in his area, he's going to make a play," Pachall said of Boyce, who had seven catches for 134 yards.

Backup quarterback Cody Wells played the second series for ULM and was 5 of 5 passing for 38 yards with a 22-yard TD to Leonard for a 10-7 lead. TCU went right back down the field and got a 5-yard touchdown run by Tucker.

Leonard finished with 13 catches for 92 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ULM
TCU
1st Downs1923
Total Yards314411
Passing232204
Rushing82207
Penalties4-453-35
3rd Down Conversions8-169-13
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers12
Possession29:4130:19

Passing Leaders

Louisiana-MonroeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Browning24/371945.210
TCUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pachall15/232048.910

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana-MonroeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards9566.2036
Donald6233.806
TCUCARYDSAVGTDLG
James11898.1018
Dean11676.1028

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana-MonroeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Leonard13927.1122
Maye47218.0137
TCURECYDSAVGTDLG
Boyce713419.1168
Dawson22914.5024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERULMTCU
FG11:57Justin Manton 23 Yd 30
TD10:09Josh Boyce 68 Yd Pass From Casey Pachall (Ross Evans Kick) 37
TD05:59Brent Leonard 22 Yd Pass From Cody Wells (Justin Manton Kick) 107
TD02:33Matthew Tucker 5 Yd Run (Ross Evans Kick) 1014
TD00:19Tavarese Maye 37 Yd Pass From Kolton Browning (Justin Manton Kick) 1714
SECOND QUARTERULMTCU
TD05:16Antoine Hicks 2 Yd Run (Ross Evans Kick) 1721
THIRD QUARTERULMTCU
TD14:47Greg McCoy 94 Yd Kickoff Return (Ross Evans Kick) 1728
TD10:42Matthew Tucker 1 Yd Run (Ross Evans Kick) 1735
FOURTH QUARTERULMTCU
FG00:27Ross Evans 28 Yd 1738