ARLINGTON TX - SEPTEMBER 04: Tailback Ed Wesley #34 of the TCU Horned Frogs runs the ball past Dwight Roberson #59 of the Oregon State Beavers at Cowboys Stadium on September 4 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

No. 6 TCU Tramples No. 24 Oregon State With Ground Game, 30-21

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Horned Frogs Run Beavers Over, Take 30-21 Win In Cowboys Classic

TCU wanted to prove that it had what it takes to contend for a national championship. The Horned Frogs' 30-21 win over Oregon State wasn't the blowout some expected, and proved more about TCU's toughness than anything.

But the TCU ground game that might be championship-caliber.

Playing against a team that had the 25th-ranked rush defense in 2009, the Horned Frogs racked up 280 yards on the ground on 54 carries, with Ed Wesley tallying 133 rushing yards and Matthew Tucker and Andy Dalton contributing 77 and 64, respectively.

It was that ground game that kept the chains moving (TCU went 11-for-17 on third down) and the ball out of Oregon State's hands (TCU had it for 38:40), and helping slow the Beavers' electric Rodgers brothers by keeping them on the sidelines. Jacquizz Rodgers mustered just 74 yards on the ground, but his elder brother James had a fantastic night, gaining 226 yards on receptions and returns.

This was also Dalton's 30th win as TCU's quarterback, the most in school history.

You may have heard of the guy he just passed: NFL Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh.

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TCU 30, Oregon State 21: Ryan Katz Boots Away Beavers' Chances

Ryan Katz and Oregon State had the ball and a chance to tie TCU with a full-field drive. Instead, miscommunication may have put the game out of reach for the Beavers.

Katz, trying to change the play at the line, never got set in the shotgun, and led a high snap go by his head. As it bounced behind him and near the Oregon State goal line, Katz kicked it out of the back of the end zone for a safety, giving TCU a 30-21 lead.

With that lead, the ball, and a fearsome ground game that has churned out almost 250 rushing yards, TCU's only worry at the end of this game should be holding on to the ball.

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TCU 28, Oregon State 21: Horned Frogs Rally Back Behind Running Attack

The see-saw battle in Dallas continues.

After Oregon State used James Rodgers to move the ball on TCU through the air, the Horned Frogs responded with a 12-play, 71-yard scoring drive that featured just two passes. Andy Dalton's four-yard touchdown run, his second of the night, made the score 28-21 in TCU's favor.

Oregon State has since gotten a first down and will be near midfield to start the fourth quarter.

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TCU 21, Oregon State 21, As The Rodgers Brothers Dazzle

After Oregon State picked off an Andy Dalton pass in the red zone, the Rodgers brothers went to work.

On an eight-play, 87-yard scoring drive, James and Jacquizz Rodgers combined for 72 yards, and the other 15 came on a personal foul penalty. They split the load a bit unfairly: James caught two passes for 47 yards and sprung Jacquizz for a 15-yard gain to the TCU 1, but Jacquizz got the glory on a one-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 21-all

Actually, James has been the better Rodgers family member all night: he has 99 receiving yards and 96 yards on kick returns, while Jacquizz has just 48 yards on the ground.

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TCU 21, Oregon State 14: Jeremy Kerley, Running Game Give Horned Frogs Halftime Advantage

TCU has taken its first lead of tonight's showdown in Big D. Jeremy Kerley, returner extraordinaire, caught an Oregon State punt on the fly and zipped up the sideline to return it to deep within Beaver territory.

Four plays later, Ed Wesley plunged into the end zone, and after a PAT, TCU had a 21-14 lead. Oregon State, given less than a minute to score, opted to run the clock out and head into halftime down seven. The Beavers will kick off to start the second half.

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TCU 14, Oregon State 14: Horned Frogs And Beavers Locked Up At Cowboys Stadium

Though LSU and North Carolina are playing tonight's most buzzed-about game, TCU and Oregon State may end up playing the game of the night.

Midway through the second quarter, it's all tied up, at TCU 14, Oregon State 14. The Beavers have been excellent through the air, with sophomore Ryan Katz hooking up with James Rodgers and Jordan Bishop on touchdown strikes of 30 and 34 yards, respectively, and converted on a fake punt to extend the drive that led to the second touchdown.

TCU's four-year starter, Andy Dalton, has had a little less success. He tossed a bad pick in the first quarter that led to Oregon State's first score, and has just 75 passing yards. But the Horned Frogs have been good on the ground, with Dalton, Ed Wesley, and Matthew Tucker all over 20 yards.

We'll update this StoryStream as the action in Dallas continues.

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