Sunday, September 5, 2010
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TCU is a national player.
Take the preseason rankings -- No. 6 and No. 7 -- in the two major polls, the highest in program history. Two BCS automatic-qualifier conference schools are on the September schedule and the Horned Frogs don't have to travel more than 15 minutes on a bus to play either.
That short ride comes Saturday to Cowboys Stadium to face No. 24 Oregon State. ESPN arranged the matchup for national television, a game that will be broadcast right there on the mother network, not ESPN2 or ESPN3 or ESPNU, and, by golly, on an All-American college football Saturday, not Tuesday at 10.
Oregon State was not the first Pac-10 team courted by ESPN to play TCU, but it was the first apparently to accept the risk-reward that comes with playing the Frogs these days. The Beavers, so close to making the Rose Bowl last year, are the third-highest ranked team in the Pac-10 to start this season. They'll roll into Cowboys Stadium as nearly a two-touchdown underdog.
"Two touchdowns?" TCU coach Gary Patterson asked rhetorically. "Early in the season, how could you know anything like that?"
It's called respect. Yes, TCU is a national player.
TCU Football Schedule Opens with Impressive Win Over Oregon State
The 2010 TCU football schedule began with a bang Saturday. The 2010 TCU football schedule might get easier, but Oregon State was their first opponent this season. Oregon
State came into the game ranked No. 24 in the country, and for a while they hung tough with the TCU Horned Frogs. This was a night for TCU Football to be proud of though, as they proved late in the game that they are a team as strong as the one they had on the field last season. In the end, TCU beat Oregon State by a score of 30-21, and with the victory, may have set themselves up for a great run towards another BCS bowl game.
TCU quarterback Andy Dalton went 17-27 passing with 175 yards and one touchdown on Saturday. Dalton also had two interceptions that set the team back at times, but he was really helped by the ground game as well as his own running. Dalton rushed for two touchdowns and 64 yards on the ground, and was complimented by 74 rushing yards by Matthew Tucker. It was Ed Wesley that led the ground game though, totaling 134 rushing yards on just 17 carries and scoring a touchdown of his own. TCU ended up having 453 total yard of offense, and their defense held Oregon State to just 255 total yards on the night.