Monday, September 14, 2009

TCU 30, Virginia 14

TCU blasted Virginia for 56 minutes Saturday, scoring 30 points while pitching a shutout and giving up under 100 yards. The Cavs could not move the ball against the Frogs' first team defense, but managed two face-saving touchdowns in the last four minutes of the game. TCU moved the ball through the air and on the ground, and out-possessed Virginia by almost ten minutes. Returning starter Joe Turner, redshirt freshman Ed Wesley, and true freshman Matthew Tucker gained 154 yards on ten carries each; eight different receivers caught passes (half of them multiple passes) for 177 yards. Kerley, Young, and Turner scored touchdowns (Kerley's is pictured at left).

The defensive line had a very good day, tallying eight sacks, led by Jerry Hughes-- a one-man offense-wrecking machine. Hughes had a career best 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks; newcomer D.J. Yendrey pile-drove a Cavalier lineman into the QB for the day's most impressive sack. All told, the Frog D held Virginia to 57 yards rushing (and 65 negative yards); and 120 yards passing (all but 38 of those coming on the two last-minute TD passes).

The Horned Frogs looked very 2008, showing little, if any, of their upgraded passing attack. Look for more of the same in a week against 2A Texas State.

Here're the highlights.

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