TCU Shuts Out UNLV 41-0 for Best Start since 2003


 

TCU did not experience any let down a week after pummeling BYU and moving up to six in the BCS standings. No surprise that the Horned Frog rushing game took off with 392 yards which was 200 yards over their per game average.  The running game was not dominated by any single player the leader was freshman Ed Wesley who had 86 yards on seven carries, and then there were six other backs who had 25 or more yards. 

UNLV wow, were they bad their leading rusher was back up QB Mark Clausen who finished with 67 yards which included a 40 yard run.  Offensively UNLV was inept -- and that is nice -- they managed 173 total yards and top WR Ryan Wolfe had his worst game of the season with five catches for 25 yards.

UNLV head coach Mike Sanford on the TCU defense:

"This is by-far the best defense we’ve faced all season. We were obviously not productive on offense, and we’ve got to be able to score points and move the ball. We didn’t convert on third downs, and you have got to be able to go that."

Not productive is being kind, the offense was just plain bad.  Third down converison was just one of the many problems as they were 3/14 on third down attempts, seven first downs, 1.8 yards per pass attempt, 4.7 per completion, should I continue.

This is the last time I am mentioning this, but TCU's offense is for real and they are not just scoring points because of defense returns, or field position from defensive stops.  This game Andy Dalton passed for a modest 188 and three scores, but the rushing attack was just under 392. Their offense averaged 8.3 yards per play which is over two yards then their normal average and over one yard then the national leader per game in that category.

This was TCU's first shut out since a 37-0 win over New Mexico on November 3, 2007 and It was TCU's sixth shutout victory at home since 2003, essentially one a year.  A surprising stat was that TCU did not record a sack in this game which is only the second time this year that happened; the other was the Clemson game.

TCU looks to still be in the drivers seat for a BCS bowl berth with the win.  Boise State did win 45-7 over San Jose State, but that win could bring Boise closer since the Jeff Sagarin ratings have San Jose State's strength of schedule at seven.

All, TCU can do is take it one game at a time, and with a quality game against Utah left on the schedule they should be fine if they keep winning.

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