If TCU were looking to make a statement I would say they certainly made one today. The TCU Horned Frogs (6-0, 2-0) displayed dominance on both sides of the ball in their 45-0 win over the Wyoming Cowboys (2-4, 0-2). With an eye on the National Championship #5 TCU posted their second consecutive shutout and are looking to make some movement in the polls.
For Wyoming it was going to be a tough game initially and became even tougher the day before. Less than 24 hours before the start of the game it was announced that starting QB Austyn Carta-Samuels would not be traveling due to an undisclosed injury. This gave the reins to senior Dax Crum who lasted started a game in 2008. The Cowboys first play from scrimmage was a 40 yard double pass from Crum to Travis Burkhalter. After that pass the Pokes only managed 163 yards the rest of the game.
With a balanced attack TCU moved the ball at will and jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead. The first punt for TCU didn't come until the fourth quarter after most of the starters had been removed. Andy Dalton did a great job of selling play action passes that left his receivers get wide open. Dalton threw three touchdowns passes including a 50 yarder to Jeremy Kerley for the first score of the game.
The patented Horned Frog ground game was working just as well with a total of 301 yards. Ed Wesley had 117 yards rushing and one touchdown. Matthew Tucker and Antoine Hicks also scored on the ground. TCU nearly had five runners with 40 or more yards carrying. Wesley, Tucker, Dalton and Waymon James all broke the 40 yard mark and Aundre Dean was just one yard short.
Wyoming struggled to move the ball all day against the #3 defense in the nation. The Cowboys failed to convert on all 10 of their third down conversions. Dax Crum played decent considering it was first start in two years. The Senior was 10 for 17 and 116 yards. He did have one interception that came in the fourth quarter when Wyoming was actually in field goal range.
Crum was able to play the entire game which meant that true freshman Emory Miller was able to keep holding the clipboard and his redshirt for this year. Coach Christensen wasn't about to waste a whole year for just a few snaps.
If there was one game that Austyn Carta-Samuels had to miss this was probably the one that would be the best choice. He would have provided a more dynamic part of the offense but the Cowboys were still 33 point underdogs coming to the game. He is expected to start next week against Utah in which will be another challenge for the Cowboys.
Cowboy Joe: Robert Herron finally showed a glimpse of what he is capable of this game. The true freshman had two catches for 43 yards as well as six rushes for 19 yards. Dropped passes are still an issue but he is looking for comfortable in the offense.
Cowboy Low: S Shamiel Gary got burned twice on play action passes and his lapse in coverage led to two early touchdowns for the Horned Frogs.
Cowboy Foe: Andy Dalton was masterful for TCU with his 270 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also added 40 yards rushing.