1:00 PM ET, October 2, 2004
Michie Stadium, WEST POINT, NY
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- Facing a 17-point deficit and mired in a two-game losing streak, TCU turned to banged up quarterback Brandon Hassell.
Hassell responded by leading the Horned Frogs to a last minute score for a 21-17 victory over Army on Saturday.
"I started persuading him and finally told him that he could get hurt for the rest of the season, but this game might be for the season," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "So I told him, 'It's now or never. We've got to make some plays."
Lonta Hobbs scored on a 2-yard run, his second touchdown, with 41 seconds left to seal the victory and extend Army's losing streak to 19 games, the longest in the nation.
Hassell, who replaced an ineffective Kyle Kummer, completed 14 of 23 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown for the Horned Frogs (3-2, 1-1).
TCU scored 21 straight points to beat an Army team that has not won at home since beating Tulane 42-37 on Oct. 27, 2001.
Hobbs, who finished with 106 yards despite being limited to just 11 yards in the first half, capped an 11-play, 62-yard game-winning drive.
"It wasn't pretty for us, but you have to give Army a lot of credit," Patterson said. "They haven't won many football games, but they played hard and gave it everything they had and they just about got us."
Carlton Jones ran for 108 yards and a touchdown for Army (0-4, 0-2). Zac Dahman, starting his first game for the Black Knights this season, was 12 of 26 for 214 yards.
"It was a game of almost two halves," said first-year Army coach Bobby Ross, coaxed out of retirement to try to rebuild the struggling program. "We won the first one and they won the second one. Unfortunately, they came out on top.
"I feel like now I know where we can go to. We've got seven football games left. There's a lot of season left."
TCU's offense, which entered the game ranked 26th in the nation, struggled in the first half, slowed by 11 penalties for 89 yards.
Dahman threw a 54-yard pass to Jacob Murphy on the second play of Army's first possession, and Tielor Robinson scored on a 3-yard run three plays later, giving the Black Knights their first lead of the season at 7-0.
On Army's next possession, Dahman hit Walter Hill with a 35-yard pass to move to the TCU 10. That set up Carlton Jones' 10-yard TD run, extending the Black Knights' lead to 14 points. Austin Miller later capped a 13-play drive with a 25-yard field goal, pushing Army's lead to 17-0 with 2:28 left in the first quarter.
But TCU wasn't done.
An 11-yard touchdown run by Hobbs capped an 75-yard drive and gave TCU its first score with 5:58 left in the third quarter. On its next possession, TCU mounted an 89-yard drive capped by Hassell's 29-yard TD pass to Cody McCarty.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-14||3-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-1|
|TD||13:13||TIELOR ROBINSON 3 YD RUN (AUSTIN MILLER KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 73 yards.
|TD||9:13||CARLTON JONES 10 YD RUN (AUSTIN MILLER KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 74 yards.
|FG||2:28||AUSTIN MILLER 25 YD FG|
Drive info: 14 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||5:58||LONTA HOBBS 11 YD RUN (PETER LOCOCO KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||2:00||CODY MCCARTY 29 YD PASS FROM BRANDON HASSELL (PETER LOCOCO KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 89 yards.
|TD||0:41||LONTA HOBBS 2 YD RUN (PETER LOCOCO KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 62 yards.