Monday, November 10, 2008

Utah 13, TCU 10

The Horned Frogs paved the Utes' way one giant step closer to a BCS berth with a litany of mistakes-- most glaringly true freshman Ross Evans' two missed field goals late in the fourth quarter. Both of Evans' kicks capped failed bids to score only a few yards from the endzone. TCU extended the Utes' next drive with a pass interference penalty on a 3rd down. A couple plays later, Brian Johnson passed for a touchdown, and the Utes' first lead in the game. Down 3 points with less than a minute to play, Dalton drove the Frogs halfway down the field before throwing his second interception of the game. Then it was curtains for the game-- and for TCU's third attempt to jump over the brink of almosts, and jubiliant celebration for the blacked out Utes.


The Frogs have two Saturdays off, before concluding the season against Air Force, in Forth Worth.


Post-game press: FWST lead; Dalton pressured; bowls attending; CGP doesn't blame Evans; LeBreton; CGP staying at TCU, and ain't the type to leave; Graham Watson 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Dr. Saturday; Spitblood; DMN;
In the meantime, here's a theraputic visual for recovering Frog fans, and any aspiring kickers:

5 comments:

Anthony said...

I'm just glad the better team won

Jack said...

The hype for this game was all about the TCU defense, but after a slow start the UTAH defense made a statement of their own. The Frogs were kept scoreless through the final three quarters, including a pair of 10 plus yard 3rd down sacs that pushed them out of field goal range. After gritty plays by both teams throughout the game, TCU looked positioned to increase their lead late after All American kicker Sakoda had a very uncharacterically bad punt. But Utahs' defense once again held and TCU had to settle for a feild goal attempt. Turns out the Frogs' kicker was not up to taking advantage of the field position Sakoda had given them. Evans dinked it off the Left crossbar. After a 3 and out, and another un-Sakoda-like punt TCU would have another chance to push their lead to 7... But again Evans missed a mid range field goal wide right. Johnson had one more chance to prove his greatness by driving 80 yards in two minutes against NCAA top defense. The Utes drove up the field. After missing two clear PI calls earlier in the game, the Utes were pleased when the Refs finally got one right on this final drive. After over-throwing a TD pass earlier in the game to a wide open reciever, Johnson wasn't about to squander his final opportunity. The Utes scored and now just had to keep the Frogs at bay for another 45 seconds (which as long as their isn't a 4th and 18 scenario they knew they'd be alright) The game ended when Dalton threw a prayer pass up field that was intercepted, and the Utes took another step towards a return trip to the BCS. It was an epic game where two strong defenses showed off their power. In the end, the better complete team - the Utes, like all great teams with their back up against the wall, found a way to win, and improved to 5-1 all time against TCU.

Anthony said...

Jack you sound like a wise man. Very well put. I'm just glad the better team won.

Brett said...

It really is too bad that the BCS system only has room for the BEST teams outside the "cartel." It really isn't fair for the second rate teams like TCU.

T. Wimple said...

Nice red-tinted narration, Jack.

And nice catcalling, Tony and Brett.

Can't wait to replay this one in Fort Worth next year; I'll remind you about the "better team" line in time for that one...