No. 3 TCU rallies for 40-35 win over San Diego St. - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

No. 3 TCU rallies for 40-35 win over San Diego St.

Posted: Updated:
TCU reciever Jeremy Kerley (85) runs past San Diego State defensive backs Darryn Lewis (3) and Larry Parker (29) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. (AP Photo) TCU reciever Jeremy Kerley (85) runs past San Diego State defensive backs Darryn Lewis (3) and Larry Parker (29) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. (AP Photo)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Andy Dalton and the rest of the TCU seniors got one last win at home— after finding themselves in an unusual position — and kept alive their national title hopes.

Dalton threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns, three to fellow senior Jeremy Kerley, as the third-ranked Horned Frogs rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit and then held on for a 40-35 victory against San Diego State in their home finale Saturday.

It was the 20th consecutive home win for TCU (11-0, 7-0 Mountain West), which clinched at least a share of the conference title. The Frogs, third in the BCS standings, won their 24th consecutive regular-season game, but it'll be interesting to see how poll voters react to their closest game of the year.

It probably didn't help TCU either that Utah, which the Horned Frogs beat 47-7 last week in what was supposed to be their toughest test of the season, lost 28-3 at Notre Dame.

San Diego State (7-3, 4-2), riding its first four-game winning streak in 12 years, led 14-0 less than 6 minutes into the game. A 49-yard flea flicker set up Brandon Sullivan's leaping 1-yard run and Jerome Long recovered a fumble in the end zone after Dalton was sacked.

A week after a 40-point win at then-undefeated Utah strengthened TCU's hold on the third spot in the BCS standings, the Horned Frogs faced their first two-touchdown deficit in more than two years. They had trailed for only nine minutes, 19 seconds combined in their first 10 games.

Though it took them nearly 21 minutes to finally go ahead against San Diego State, a missed extra point after the second touchdown extending their time behind, the Horned Frogs finally went ahead to stay and withstood a late Aztecs rally.

San Diego State scored three touchdowns in the final 16 minutes of the game, getting within 40-35 when Ryan Lindley threw two TD passes to Vincent Brown (33 and 35 yards) in less than two minutes. But after the final score with 4:50 left, Dalton and the Frogs ran out the clock.

Lindley was 11 for 26 for 262 yards, with two interceptions.

After Dalton took a blindside hit from Rob Andrews in the end zone and fumbled with 9:16 left in the first quarter, TCU scored touchdowns on five of its next six drives before halftime to build a 34-14 lead. The Aztecs didn't even make a first down in that span.

Dalton capped its first scoring drive with a 38-yard TD to Kerley, who caught the ball near the 30 and slipped past a defender along the sideline.

Kerley's 43-yard punt return set up Dalton's 15-yard TD pass to tight end Logan Brock on the next drive. But Ross Evans' extra point attempt hit the upright, keeping the Aztecs ahead 14-13.

Freshman tailback Waymon James put the Frogs ahead to stay on a powerful 9-yard run with 6:39 left in the first half, when he dragged defensive back Larry Parker into the end zone.

James ran for 102 yards on 23 carries. Matthew Tucker had 22 carries for 131 yards.

The Frogs were behind Oregon and Auburn entering the game and ahead of Boise State in the BCS standings, the other team from the non-automatic qualifying conference in contention for a Rose Bowl bid if not the BCS title game. The Broncos beat Idaho 52-14 on Friday night.

TCU has a week off before playing its regular season finale Nov. 27 at New Mexico. Boise State has three games left.

The last home game for Dalton and 25 other seniors was also the last game at Amon G. Carter Stadium before the 80-year-old campus facility undergoes a $105 million major modernizing renovation. Work on that begins next week.

This senior class has won 42 games at TCU, matching the record four-year mark of last year's seniors. Dalton has 40 wins as the starting quarterback, the most among active FBS quarterbacks and the most in school history.

San Diego State had 307 total yards, 128 below their season average but the second-most this season against TCU's top-ranked defense. Five of the previous six Mountain West opponents had been held under 200 yards, and SMU had a season-high 361 yards against TCU back in September.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Molinari survives wild day to win British Open

    Molinari survives wild day to win British Open

    Sunday, July 22 2018 3:09 PM EDT2018-07-22 19:09:41 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 4:30 PM EDT2018-07-22 20:30:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jon Super). Francesco Molinari of Italy holds the trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Sunday July 22, 2018.(AP Photo/Jon Super). Francesco Molinari of Italy holds the trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Sunday July 22, 2018.
    Francesco Molinari outplays Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and everyone else to claim the British Open. 
    Francesco Molinari outplays Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and everyone else to claim the British Open. 
  • Spieth part of 3-way tie for British lead as Woods lurks

    Spieth part of 3-way tie for British lead as Woods lurks

    Saturday, July 21 2018 4:10 PM EDT2018-07-21 20:10:41 GMT
    Tiger Woods of the US lines up a putt on the 13th green during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Saturday July 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Tiger Woods of the US lines up a putt on the 13th green during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Saturday July 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Jordan Spieth set the tone pulling driver on the 396-yard opening hole and sending it bouncing and rolling to 10 feet for eagle. Moments later, Tiger Woods sent the gallery into a frenzy with three straight birdies to get into contention at a major for the first time in five years.

     

    Jordan Spieth set the tone pulling driver on the 396-yard opening hole and sending it bouncing and rolling to 10 feet for eagle. Moments later, Tiger Woods sent the gallery into a frenzy with three straight birdies to get into contention at a major for the first time in five years.

     
  • AP source: Falcons won't offer WR Jones new deal this year

    AP source: Falcons won't offer WR Jones new deal this year

    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:23 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:23:25 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 11:19 AM EDT2018-07-20 15:19:12 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones walks off the field after an NFL football game between the Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Atlanta. A person familiar with the ...(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones walks off the field after an NFL football game between the Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Atlanta. A person familiar with the ...
    AP source: Atlanta Falcons won't offer a new contract to star receiver Julio Jones. 
    AP source: Atlanta Falcons won't offer a new contract to star receiver Julio Jones. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.