The 4th ranked TCU Horned Frogs did a lot more than beat a good, No. 16 Utah team; They made a statement. TCU dominated the Utes 55-28, and overcame their last serious threat to an undefeated season. Tonight, the Horned Frogs gave the nation strong evidence that they are worthy of playing in the BCS Title Game.
What a scene Fort Worth was for the Mountain West Conference. TCU had an extremely large turnout for ESPN's College GameDay in the morning, and set a Amon G Carter Stadium attendance record of 50,307. The game had a BCS type atmosphere which surely impressed the many bowl representatives that were on hand to behold just how good TCU is.
The defensive battle that we envisioned was actually more of a lopsided offensive shootout that TCU dominated. Utah was able to score 28 points, which was a largely a result of Wynn making deep passes to David Reed. TCU had a huge second quarter where they scored 24 points, putting the game out of reach early.
The numbers depict exactly how the game went. TCU outgained Utah in total offense 549 to 284. The Frogs ran all over the Utes with 342 yards. Their defense as expected was superb. TCU held the Utah rushing attack to just 65 yards on the night. Eddie Wide's 100 yard rushing streak came to a screeching hault as he was held to 25 yards on 12 carries.
Jerry Hughes gave freshman quarterback Jordan Wynn problems all night. He was just too fast and too athletic for offensive guard, Tony Bergstrom to hold back. Jordan Wynn was pressured on nearly every single play. He finished the game passing 16/32 for 219 yards, with a touchdown and interception.
The Frogs came out of the gate fired up, took the lead early, and never looked back. TCU avenged their loss in 2008 and should take the Mountain West football championship for their first time since 2005.
After this game I think TCU deserves to play for the national title. I expected them to be good, but they flat out dominated in all aspects of the game. I am still in awe of their incredible team speed. Speed that rivals with the likes of Florida.
It should be interesting to see what happens in the polls tomorrow morning. I wouldn't be surprised at all if TCU is rewarded with a few first place votes. TCU will probably still need a Texas loss to get into the BCS title game, which unfortunately, is looking very unlikely right now.