TCU Wins Season Opener, 30-21, Over No. 24 Oregon State

Sixth-ranked TCU opens the season in the Cowboys Classic against 24th-ranked Oregon State.

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TCU Defeats Oregon State, 30-21, In Cowboys Classic

(Sports Network) – Andy Dalton threw a touchdown and ran two in, including the go-ahead score in the third quarter, as sixth-ranked TCU downed No. 24 Oregon State, 30-21.

Dalton went 17-for-27 with 175 yards and two interceptions, and also had 15 carries for 64 yards for the Horned Frogs (1-0), who finished last season 12-0 to capture the Mountain West Conference title, but lost to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Saturday’s win was the 30th of Dalton’s collegiate career, moving him into first all-time at the school, surpassing legend Sammy Baugh.

Ed Wesley finished the game with 17 carries for 134 yards and a score while Jeremy Kerley caught a touchdown as part of a six-reception, 49-yard effort for TCU.

Ryan Katz went 9-for-25 for 159 yards and two scores for the Beavers (0-1), who posted an 8-5 mark last season, but ended the campaign on a down note after a 44-20 loss to BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl. Jacquizz Rodgers had 18 carries for 75 yards and a score while James Rodgers and Jordan Bishop each caught a touchdown pass.

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To follow the Cowboys Classic pitting sixth-ranked TCU against No. 24 Oregon State, head over to Mountain West Connection and join the conversation.

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Sixth-Ranked TCU Set To Take On Oregon State

Sixth-ranked TCU will open their 2010 season tonight in Cowboys Stadium against the 24th-ranked Oregon State Beavers in what's dubbed as the Cowboys Classic. The No. 6 ranking that TCU holds is the highest preseason ranking in school history despite the Fiesta Bowl loss to Boise State last January.

Ben Findley over at Mountain West Connection has a preview of tonight's game up.

TCU Defensive X-Factor:
The Pass Rush.  Time to find out who much the Frogs are going to miss Jerry Hughes in 2010.  One of the defensive ends is going to have to step up.  My money is on big (6'6" 270) Braylon Broughton.

When TCU has the ball:
RUN.  THE.  BALL.  TCU's normally balanced offensive attack came unglued in the Fiesta Bowl as they abandoned the run almost immediately and put everything on Andy Dalton's freckled shoulders.  TCU has the hosses to run right over the Beavers but they aren't calling the plays.  If TCU can establish the run early this offense will be tough to stop as Andy Dalton begins to distribute the ball to his many offensive weapons.

TCU Offensive X-Factor:
Play-calling.  The Frogs need to run the ball even if it's not effective early-on, and then run it some more.

To read the full preview, head over to Mountain West Connection.

Coverage will begin at 6:45 P.M. CDT on ESPN and ESPN3.com.

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