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TCU vs. SMU: Frogs win 24-16

The game was a lot closer than many thought, but TCU managed to survive an upset-minded SMU team as the two Metroplex schools continued to go in different directions.

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Garrett Gilbert's struggles continue

In a rain-soaked game the Mustangs had plenty of chances of win, SMU was sunk by the struggles of their starting QB, who doesn't appear to be the answer on the Hilltop.


TCU beats SMU, but it sure was ugly

TCU bested SMU on Saturday, 24-16, but just about everyone agrees that it was as ugly a win as you can get.


Frogs avoids Mustangs upset bid

The 15th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs moved to 4-0 on the year with a 24-16 win over the SMU Mustangs on a rain-soaked field in Dallas on Saturday night.

TCU reclaimed the rivalry's Iron Skillet by cashing in on SMU turnovers and taking advantage of short fields. The Mustangs committed six turnovers, including five interceptions thrown by Garrett Gilbert. TCU built a 14-0 first-quarter lead after Zach Line fumbled at midfield, and TCU quarterback Casey Pachall later connected with LaDarius Brown for a ten-yard touchdown pass.

The second score of the first frame came when the Horned Frogs returned a Gilbert interception inside SMU's ten yard line and converted it into a touchdown. Skye Dawson also returned a punt for 64 yards late in the first half, which set TCU up with a four-yard field.

SMU had a major chance to get back into the game with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter when TCU's punter bobbled a snap, which gave the Mustangs a three-yard field. But the Frogs turned SMU away with no points. That sequence repeated itself again with about two minutes left, and SMU was able to score that time around, but they didn't have enough time left to make it a game.

The overall sloppy night ended with SMU outgaining TCU in total yards 220-156.

Box Score Hero: WR Skye Dawson, TCU. The numbers were horrible for both teams, so Dawson's 64-yard punt return stands out both statistically and in significance to the outcome of the game.

Rankings Ramifications: TCU should be able to stay pat around the ranking of 15 it enjoyed before the game.

But Did They Cover? The Horned Frogs were 14-point favorites and did not cover.

For More On This Game: Visit the TCU blog Frogs O War.

Next Week's Schedule: TCU gets back into Big 12 play by hosting Iowa State, while SMU travels to UTEP.

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TCU-SMU: Mustangs respond, still trail

The SMU Mustangs bounced back after an awful first quarter performance, but still trail the TCU Horned Frogs, 21-10, at halftime in Dallas.

With just over two minutes left in the half, TCU speedster Skye Dawson returned a punt 64 yards down to the SMU four yard line. Matthew Tucker converted a touchdown on the next play, which gave TCU the same 14-point lead it enjoyed after the first quarter.

The big punt return took wind out of SMU's sails, who responded early in the quarter to make it 14-7 as the Mustangs posted a strong 86-yard drive. Zach Line powered for a 21-yard touchdown run to finish that drive.

SMU also responded after Dawson's big punt return, moving the ball deep into Horned Frogs territory. But a Mustangs personal foul stifled the drive, forcing SMU to settle for a field goal for the 21-10 halftime score.

Of note, the half uniquely ended with two consecutive field goal attempts, one from each team. TCU missed a 54-yarder short as time expired, which SMU returned back out to midfield. A personal foul on the Horned Frogs on the return put the Mustangs in range for a 54-yarder of their own, which was also missed.


TCU capitalizes on sloppy SMU play for 14-0 lead

The TCU Horned Frogs have jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the SMU Mustangs after one complete quarter on a wet Dallas night.

Both TCU scores have come off SMU turnovers, as the Mustangs seem to be having a harder time handling the wind and rain than are the Frogs. The first came midway through the quarter when SMU running back Zach Line fumbled at midfield. Five plays later, Casey Pachall connected with LaDarius Brown for a ten-yard touchdown pass.

Later in the quarter, Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert threw an interception near midfield. The TCU return and an SMU personal foul set up TCU at the eight yard line. Pachall threw his second touchdown pass of the game to Matthew Tucker for the 14-0 lead.

Gilbert has struggled mightily for SMU, posting a passing line of 1-8 for -1 yards and one interception through one quarter. TCU's Tucker has rushed nine times for 41 yards.


No. 15 TCU heavy favorites over SMU

Game information for the TCU Horned Frogs' matchup with the SMU Mustangs this Saturday.


SMU's Hunt close to record

If you read that SMU senior defensive end Margus Hunt has blocked 16 field goals and PATs in his career and think, "Wow, that's a lot," that's because it is. In fact, it's tied for second-most in college football history.

Hunt is three shy of the NCAA record of 19 for most blocked kicks of any kind. As Keith Whitmire of Fox Sports Southwest writes, Hunt has a chance to leave college football as the sport's greatest kick blocker.

Hunt, from Estonia, came to SMU as a track star and had never played football. The 6'8 senior didn't even know how to play the game:

"I just went in there and I just did what the coaches told me to do," Hunt said. "They told me to line up and just hit it, so that's what I did. It was working out pretty good and ever since I've just been keeping up with it."

The Mustangs have nine games left on their schedule (including one against rival TCU this weekend), which should give Hunt ample opportunity at the record.


Looking back at Gary Patterson's SMU comments

When SMU defeated TCU last season, Gary Patterson took issue with some of the post-game comments from SMU's head coach and players. Several days after the Horned Frogs lost that game, Patterson has the following to say:

SMU has had a lot of help from us over the last three or four years to improve their program," Patterson said. "I don't appreciate being treated the way it is; that's how we got reciprocated. We're going to go on about our business, but they're not going to get the same help anymore -- not about a ballgame, not about conferences, not about anybody. They're getting no help from Gary Patterson, period.

TCU is now 3-0 to start the 2012 season, and it will be heading to Gerald Ford Stadium at SMU to meet the Mustangs for the first time since those comments were made on Saturday. It will be the final time that the two schools meet before SMU joins the Big East conference in 2013. The game will kickoff at 6 p.m. CT.

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