TCU Opens the Season with a Convincing Win Over Virginia




The fighting Al Groh's of Virgina were trying to make a statement after losing to William and Mary, but TCU thwarted that with a 30-14 victory in their season opener.

Those 14 points are deveiving becasue TCU dominating the game and was up 30-0 before Virginia made two quick touchdowns in the fourth quarter.  TCU held Virginia to 1-10 on third downs and allowed only 177 total yards with only 55 yards on the ground.

TCU on offense was nothing special when passing the ball as Andy Dalton only passed for 177 yards and a score, but that is expected from TCU because Dalton is not expected to throw for 300 yards a game.   A scary moment at the end of the third quarter when Dalton went down with a leg injury, but he did come back early in the fourth quarter.

 The running game is what propolled the offense with 203 rushing yards and lead by frosh Ed Wesley, Joseph Turner, and Matthew Tucker who had ten carries each and 154 total yards.  Then toss in Andy Dalton and Ryan Christan rounded out the rushing yards with 49.  That rushing attack helped TCU hold the time of possession in their favor 35 miutes to 25 minutes.

Now TCU was not great they did allow those 14 points at the end of the game, and their third down play was terrible by going only 1-11.  The offense was not as explosive as thought, but the running game looks real good by using multiple backs.  TCU just needs to get their passing game going because TCU has Jimmy Young and Jeremy Kerley.  Kerley had zero receptions and ran the ball twice for negative yards; he needs to get the ball more since he is a play maker.

This win gives the Mountain West another win over a BCS school bringing the current season total to 3-3 with another chance tonight.

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