TCU defense still on upswing
October, 28, 2011
By Art Garcia | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON -- The TCU defense bent some Friday night, but didn't break against BYU's high-powered attack.
The Cougars piled up season highs in points (59) and yards (572) last week. BYU quarterback Riley Nelson had thrown for at least two touchdowns in the previous four games.
The Horned Frogs allowed 354 yards, with only 136 coming in the second half, and forced three turnovers in the 38-28 victory at Cowboys Stadium. Two of the takeaways occurred when BYU was in TCU territory, including an interception by Kenny Cain in the end zone.
"Any turnover is big in any kind of situation," Frogs safety Johnny Fobbs said, "but I know the one where they were driving, Kenny Cain caught the interception and tiptoed in the back of the end zone. It was real big. It was just a relief. It gets the defense off the field and makes our offense stay on longer."
Riley passed for 215 yards and ran for another 84, but accounted for only one touchdown. He was also sacked four times and had all three turnovers -- two picks and a fumble.
"Their quarterback was hard to handle," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "He moved the ball around and really did a good job at times, in scramble situations, but I was really proud of my team."
Fobbs said the defense has come a long way from the 50-48 loss to Baylor to open the season. TCU came into the game having used 12 first-time starters on defense this season.
"Going through the adversity of the year and the ups and downs, and finally getting things together it makes us seem like we're mature defense now," Fobbs said.
TCU safety Jonathan Anderson had 17 tackles -- tied for the third-most in the Patterson era -- and an interception.