BCS Blowout: No. 4 TCU Blows By No. 6 Utah, 47-7

For the first time in Mountain West Conference history, two teams ranked in the AP's top-10 square off, as the fourth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs and the sixth-ranked Utah Utes battle for league supremacy in Salt Lake City.

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TCU Vs. Utah: Horned Frogs Sail, 47-7

Starting with 15 fresh minutes at the Utah 6-yard line, Andy Dalton throws an incomplete pass and TCU somehow elects to kick a field goal despite being up 37-0. (Did Gary Patterson see the Goonies sign?)  In a bizarre twist of fortune, Utah's about to answer them.

In relatively short order (less than three minutes), Jordan Wynn and Matt Asiata take the Utes down the field, and a 23-yard pass to Kendrick Moeai sets up a 19-yard touchdown throw to Asiata. The Utes are on the board with 11:51 left to play. They won't catch TCU, but for the remaining fans, it's a nice gesture.

The Horned Frogs score again, and it's a weird one: Casey Pachall fumbles a carry on Utah's 21 at the end of the next drive, but Waymon James scoops it up and runs in for the score.

Close to six minutes remain on the clock, but both teams seem eager to be through. TCU and Utah trade time-killing drives, and we're all done in Utah. Final: TCU 47, Utah 7.


TCU Vs. Utah: Turnovers For Everyone!

The outstandingly-named Shaky Smithson gets off Utah's best play of the game, opening the second half with a 47-yard kickoff return. For his troubles, he gets two straight incompletions and an interception from Jordan Wynn. The pick is returned for 57 yards, and Ed Wesley takes it the remaining four on the next play for a touchdown.

It's getting laughable out there for Utah fans: On the next play from scrimmage, Wynn hits DeVonte Christopher with a 14-yard pass -- and Christopher fumbles deep in his own territory. Two plays later, TC's Matthew Tucker fumbles it right back, but Utah stalls out on 4th-and-9.

TCU won't make the same mistake again. The Frogs carve five minutes out of the game on a 76-yard drive culminating in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Jimmy Young.

Utah fails to convert another drive, and TCU is in the Utes' red zone as the third quarter ends, with the Horned Frogs leading, 37-0.


TCU Vs. Utah: Frogs Pull Up, Lead At Halftime By A Mere 23 Points

The Utes are still flailing fruitlessly to get out of their own territory as we open the second quarter. A quick punt sends the ball back to Andy Dalton at his own 31, which may as well be Utah's. Without throwing a single incomplete pass, and with only rushing play yielding no gain, the Frogs get as far as Utah's 7-yard line -- which, unfortunately, is where Ed Wesley's no-gain run occurs. Field goal.

The Utes convert their first set of downs, but not their seond, and a 15-yard penalty plus an incomplete pass stops TCU's next drive as well. One more Utes three-and-out, two short Frog rushes to run out the clock, and that's the half. TCU leads, 23-0.

Andy Dalton is 12-of-14 for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Wynn is 10-for-21 for 71 yards, and is apparently being booed by his own fans. And Jeremy Kerley, thanks to the magical vagaries of college football quarterback math, has a QB rating of 648.4.

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