Saturday, October 25, 2008

Young, Horned Frogs fly past Cowboys

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TCU receiver Jimmy Young hauls in a pass Saturday in the Horned Frogs 54-7 win over Wyoming.

By Wyoming

Of all of the TCU weapons, Jimmy Young might have flown under the radar going into Saturday’s game.

By doing that, Young flew past the Cowboys with a school-record 226 yards receiving, catching three touchdown passes in No. 15 TCU’s 54-7 throttling of Wyoming in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-0 Mountain West) ended BYU's 16-game winning streak with a 32-7 win last week that vaulted them up the polls and into the initial Bowl Championship Series standings at No. 14.

TCU coach Gary Patterson was worried that his team would overlook a struggling Wyoming team. Young apparently took Patterson's warning to heart.

"We handled it well," said Young, who had five receptions. "We knew Wyoming wouldn't back down. Coach made sure we forgot about BYU quickly."

Young had scoring catches of 60, 55 and 39 yards, and hauled in a 65-yarder to set up another touchdown as TCU won its fourth straight game.

It feels great, but it is something that I'm going to have to forget about for the next couple of weeks and wait until the season is over, because now my focus has to be on UNLV,” Young said of the TCU receiving record.

Young's big day helped the Horned Frogs pile up 444 yards of offense.

"Everybody looks for style points all time," Patterson said. "Maybe it’s just my defensive nature, but I'm just looking for a win."

TCU quarterback Andy Dalton completed 16-of-22 passes for 334 yards and four touchdown passes. The Horned Frogs, who led 38-7 after three quarters and rested most of their starters in the fourth, have outscored their opponents 140-28 during their winning streak.

Wyoming (2-6, 0-5), which upset TCU last season 24-21, has dropped five in a row and lost all its conference games by at least 20 points. In losses to the top three teams in the league -- TCU, BYU and Utah -- the Cowboys have been outscored 138-14.

“They just have too much speed and athleticism and we couldn't keep up with them,” Wyoming coach Joe Glenn said. “Not only did they make our offense and defense look bad, but our special teams as well." Devin Moore had 114 yards rushing for the Cowboys, the most this season against a TCU defense which came in leading the country in run defense and total defense.

Moore had a 42-yard TD run that cut TCU's lead to 14-7 midway through the second quarter.

Wyoming quarterback Karsten Sween left the game in the third quarter with a concussion after taking a blow to the head from TCU linebacker Robert Henson. Sween was replaced by Dax Crum.

"(Henson) is a great player and I'm sure he didn't mean to do it," Moore said. "He was just hungry to make a hit and that's understandable. But when the engines are going like that, things can get out of control."

Henson said Moore gave the vaunted TCU defenses fits, but they were able to adjust in the second half. Wyoming had just 15 yards rushing in the second half after 98 in the first half.

"In my opinion, Devin Moore is the best running back that we have faced all year,” Henson said. “He made us go back to the basics of tackling, which is break down and wait on him to make a move and go for him then. That guy plays hard, he's obviously the leader of his team and behind him, they can do a lot."

It took us a while to get adjusted to what they were doing on offense. I think the biggest change we had to make was that we had to get back to trusting each other to take care of our responsibilities."

The Horned Frogs needed only four plays to score. Dalton hit a streaking Young for a 60-yard touchdown pass. The duo hooked up for 55 yards early in the second quarter.

Wyoming then marched down the field for its lone score of the day and appeared to be building some much-needed momentum. That momentum was extremely short-lived, as Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to put the Horned Frogs back up by 14 points midway through the second quarter.

"They beat our best guys and we just made mistakes," Glenn said. “We didn't execute well and we were outplayed in every aspect of the game."

TCU built on its 24-7 halftime lead when Dalton scored on a 1-yard run after hitting Young for 65 yards, the longest pass play for the Horned Frogs this season.

Young's final catch of the game was his 39-yard touchdown reception with a minute remaining in the third.

The Cowboys will return home Saturday when it hosts San Diego State, beginning at noon at War Memorial Stadium.
Wyoming 0 7 0 0 -- 7
TCU 7 17 14 16 -- 54
First Quarter

TCU-- Jimmy Young 60 pass from Andy Dalton (Ross Evans kick)
Second Quarter
TCU-- Jimmy Young 55 pass from Andy Dalton (Ross Evans kick)
UW-- Devin Moore 42 run (Jake Scott kick)
TCU-- Aaron Brown 85 kickoff return (Ross Evans kick)
TCU -- Ross Evans 24 field goal
Third Quarter
TCU -- Andy Dalton 1 run (Ross Evans kick)
TCU -- Jimmy Young 39 pass from Andy Dalton (Ross Evans kick)
Fourth Quarter
TCU -- Justin Watts 1 pass from Andy Dalton (Ross Evans kick)
TCU -- Team safety (punt blocked out of end zone)
TCU -- Marcus Jackson 4 run (Ross Evans kick)
Individual Statistics
-- Justin Turner 10-25, Antoine Hicks 6-23, Aaron Brown 7-22, Andy Dalton 6-21 & 1TD, Jai Cavness 5-8, Ryan Christian 2-7, Marcis Jackson 1-4 & 1TD, Jercell Fort 2-0. Totals: 39-110 & 2TDs. Wyoming -- Devin Moore 25-1114 & 1TD, Wynel Seldon 5-(minus 17), Brandon Stewart 2-15, Darius Terry 6-10, Karsten Sween 2-6, Greg Genho 2-4, Dax Crum 1-(minus 19). Totals -- 43-113 & 1TD.
-- Andy Dalton 16-22-0 334 & 4TDs. Totals -- 16-22-0 334 & 4TDs. Wyoming -- Karsten Sween 5-10-0 89, Dax Crum 2-2-0 1, Chris Stutzriem 2-3-1 18. Totals: 9-15-1 108.
-- Jimmy Young 5-226 & 3TDs, Curtis Clay 2-32, Walter Bryant 2-20, Bart Johnson 2-17, Justin Watts 2-16 & 1TD, Ryan Christian 2-10, Aaron Brown 1-13. Totals -- 16-334 & 4TDs. Wyoming -- Greg Bolling 3-43, Brandon Stewart 1-40, Travis Burkhalter 1-12, Donate Morgan 1-6, Jesson Salyards 1-6, Wynel Seldon 1-3, Greg Genho 1-(minus 2). Totals -- 9-108.
Defensive points (unassisted-assisted)
Jason Phillips 10-1, Robert Henson 7-2, Tejay Johnson 6-1, Steven Coleman 4-2, Stephen Hodge 4-1.
Wyoming -- John Fletcher 7-0, Quincey Rogers 6-1, Weston Johnson 5-2, Mitch Unrein 6-0, Gabe Knapton 4-0, Tashaun Gipson 3-1, Mike Juergens 2-2.

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