Now that the hometown fans are finally taking notice of No. 4 TCU, maybe the rest of the nation will also realize that the BCS-hopeful Horned Frogs are for real. Utah certainly can't disagree.
In likely its last significant hurdle to an undefeated regular season, TCU scored three touchdowns in a 2 1/2-minute span early in the second quarter and beat No. 16 Utah 55-28 Saturday night.
The Horned Frogs (10-0, 6-0 Mountain West) stretched their winning streak to 12 games since a last-minute loss last November at Utah (8-2, 5-1), which had won 22 of 23. TCU also has won 13 in a row at home since losing when the Utes last visited two years ago.
With a record crowd of 50,307 - a sellout at 79-year-old Amon Carter Stadium without the benefit of an instate opponent - and representatives from the Orange, Rose and Fiesta bowls watching from the athletic director's suite, the Frogs put on quite a show. Fans stormed the field when it was over.
Matthew Tucker had the first and last touchdowns (runs of 41 and 9 yards) for TCU, with five teammates getting into the end zone in between. The 55 points were the most allowed by Utah since 1996.
Even without guaranteed access to the Bowl Championship Series, the Frogs have changed the question about if they can be a BCS buster. Now it's can they be the first outsider to play for the national title?
The Frogs are fourth in the BCS standings, the highest a team from a conference without an automatic bid has reached. They trail only Florida, Alabama and Texas - all winners Saturday.
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