Friday, September 14, 2007

Air Force 20, TCU 17

How does a team rack up 320 passing yards, throw for 15 first downs, lead almost the whole game, hold its opponent to 17 points in regulation, and lose?

TCU showed the way, turning the ball over four times in the red zone, and generating almost no running game to speak of.

Air Force showed the way, capitalizing on every Frog mistake after halftime, including blocking a field goal that would have given the Frogs the lead with less than two minutes to play.

Notwithstanding the loss, TCU has much to look forward to for the remainder of the season. Aaron Brown and Joe Turner did not play, but Tommy Blake did, and did well, as did the defense generally. Dalton was poised, consistent and productive, and made some terrific throws. The receiving corps had a stellar game, hauling in pass after pass-- Massey, Brock, Moore and Dickerson were as sharp as ever. The team has eight days to heal and prepare for SMU and then the remainder of conference play.

When the Frogs get a playmaker back in the backfield, the Wimple confidently predicts that this offense will to its potential, and win most of its remaining games. And the Fort Worth Bowl (or Armed Forces Bowl, as it's now styled) is already within his scheduled Christmas vacation. Nice.

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