What a day for the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs. Not only did they end a three-game losing streak at No. 5 Utah by dismantling and demoralizing the Utes from the start, but they also got some help in their quest to become the first non-automatic qualifier to play for the BCS national championship.
Soon after TCU (10-0, 6-0 Mountain West) walked off with its 47-7 trouncing of the Utes (8-1, 5-1), the No. 10 LSU Tigers upset the No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide 24-21, hanging a second loss on the defending champions and virtually eliminating them from this season's title race.
So who's left? The No. 1 Oregon Ducks and No. 2 Auburn Tigers both romped Saturday, and one of those two will have to lose to open the door for TCU and their non-AQ brother, the No. 4 Boise State Broncos, impressive winners over Hawaii. One-loss teams the No. 7 Nebraska Cornhuskers, slim winners over Iowa State, and the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners, who have a tough gig Saturday night in College Station, seemingly remain in the hunt. But those two could meet in the Big 12 title game and eliminate one. (UPDATE: Scratch Oklahoma, which lost to Texas A&M.)
But that's in the future. Here's a closer look at TCU's huge win in Salt Lake City courtesy of the TCU media relations department:
• Quarterback Andy Dalton has a career-high 350 yards passing. He compeleted 21 of 26 passes. His previous career best was 344 yards at Stanford in 2007.
• Jimmy Young's 11-yard third-quarter touchdown catch was the 12th of his career, tying him with Phillip Epps (1978 to '81) for seventh all time at TCU. Young's five receptions for 84 yards have moved him into fifth place all time at TCU for both receptions (136) and yards (2,161).
• On his 26-yard touchdown reception from receiver Jeremy Kerley, Bart Johnson extended his team-best and career-high streak to 32 consecutive games with a reception. The catch also pushed Johnson over 1,000 career receiving yards.
• In six Mountain West Conference games this season, TCU has outscored its opponents 236-23. The Horned Frogs have allowed just three touchdowns.
• TCU limited Utah to only 199 yards of total offense. Only one opponent in six MWC games has reached 200 yards in offense against TCU. Meanwhile, the Frogs had 558 yards of offense to surpass the 500-yard mark for the third straight game and the fifth time this season.
• The Horned Frogs held their opponent to single digits in scoring for the seventh time in 10 games this season.
• TCU allowed 148 yards passing and remains the only team in the nation not to allow an opponent to reach 200 yards in the air in a game this season.
• TCU snapped Utah’s Mountain West Conference record home winning streak at 21 games. It was also the third-longest active streak in the nation. TCU’s 19-game home winning streak is now the longest current MWC mark and third-longest in the NCAA.
• Tanner Brock’s interception and 57-yard return in the third quarter marked his first career pick. Brock set a career high with 12 tackles, topping his previous high of 11 set earlier this season against BYU.