TCU Claims Overtime Victory

Cory Rodgers appeared to fumble the ball before scoring what would be the game-winning touchdown; however, the officials ruled that Rodgers crossed the goal line before fumbling the ball. TCU defeated BYU 51-50 in overtime. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

COUGAR TOWN -- John Beck threw for a Mountain West Conference single-game record 517 yards and five touchdowns, and Todd Watkins pulled in seven catches for 176 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough to hold back MWC newcomer TCU as they came from 18-points behind to claim the 51-50 overtime victory.

The Horned Frogs scored four touchdowns on their final four drives of regulation to tie the score, overcoming the Cougars' 18-point lead.

With the victory, the Horned Frogs improved to 2-0 in league play, while BYU dropped to 0-1 in MWC action and 1-2 overall. 58,320 fans witnessed the 4 hour and 42 minute overtime thriller.

"I give TCU a lot of credit," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Their football team played hard and they made one more point than we made to win the football game."

After TCU quarterback Tye Gunn went down in the third quarter, back-up Jeff Ballard came in to lead the Horned Frogs to victory. Ballard finished the game 8-of-12 for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

TCU's Cory Rodgers also played a great game for the Horned Frogs, scoring four touchdowns, including two rushing, one receiving and one on a kick return. He finished the day with nine catches for 137 yards and two rushes for five yards.

As a team, TCU had 475 yards of total offense, including 348 yard passing and 127 yards on the ground.

BYU's offense was held to 97 yard rushing but racked up an impressive 517 yards through the air for 614 total yards. Beck finished the day 30-for-51, two interceptions, a MWC record 517 yards passing and also tied the MWC record with five touchdown passes. Beck completed passes to nine different receivers. Watkins lead the way with seven catches for 176 yards and three touchdowns, tying a MWC record.

Curtis Brown played a solid game for the Cougars with 172 total yards. He pulled in a team high nine catches for 92 yards and carried the ball 23 times for 85 yards.

"I thought our offense moved the ball consistently from the beginning to the end of the game," Mendenhall said. "In overcoming adversity in critical situations, the leadership of our quarterback and the resolve of the offense was exceptional."

BYU got out to a quick start putting up 21 points in the first quarter for the first time since the Cougars beat Colorado State 56-34 in 2001. BYU scored on their first drive of the game on a 10-play 80-yard drive ending in a seven-yard strike from John Beck to Zac Collie for his first career touchdown. Beck and Collie connected for the second time with 5:30 left in the first quarter on a 37-yard touchdown pass that capped a five-play 80-yard drive putting the Cougars up 21-10.

Down 29-41 in the fourth quarter, TCU scored 14 unanswered points to take the lead, starting with a 34-yard pass from Ballard to Rogers with 6:02 remaining in the game. The second score came when Ballard hooked up with Aaron Brown for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 1:25 remaining, giving TCU its first lead of the game, 44-41.

BYU then drove the ball 69 yards in eight plays to set up 39-yard game tying field goal by Jared McLaughlin, which sent the game into overtime.

On the first play of overtime, Beck connected with Watkins for the third time of the game for a 25-yard touchdown. However, BYU fumbled the snap on the extra-point attempt and failed to convert.

TCU then put together a four-play, 25-yard drive that ended in a controversial touchdown call when TCU's Rodgers appeared to fumble the ball on the goal line. After reviewing the play, the officials stuck with the ruling on the field. TCU's Chris Manfredini put the extra point through the uprights to give TCU the victory.

Box Score (Final)

TCU vs. Brigham Young (Sep 24, 2005 at Cougar Town, UT)

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 OT Score

----------------- -- -- -- -- -- -----

TCU................. 10 6 7 21 7 - 51 Record: (3-1,2-0)

Brigham Young....... 21 3 10 10 6 - 50 Record: (1-2,0-1)

Scoring Summary:

1st 11:31 BYU - COLLIE, Zac 7 yd pass from BECK, John (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar

kick), 10-80 3:29, TCU 0 - BYU 7

09:17 BYU - WATKINS, Todd 39 yd pass from BECK, John (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar

kick), 1-39 0:08, TCU 0 - BYU 14

09:05 TCU - RODGERS, Cory 100 yd kickoff return (MANFREDINI, Chr

kick), TCU 7 - BYU 14

06:29 TCU - MANFREDINI, Chr 43 yd field goal, 6-31 1:01, TCU 10 - BYU

14

05:03 BYU - COLLIE, Zac 37 yd pass from BECK, John (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar

kick), 5-80 1:26, TCU 10 - BYU 21

2nd 12:33 TCU - MANFREDINI, Chr 33 yd field goal, 10-31 1:27, TCU 13 -

BYU 21

04:07 BYU - MCLAUGHLIN, Jar 30 yd field goal, 14-53 5:35, TCU 13 -

BYU 24

01:57 TCU - MANFREDINI, Chr 31 yd field goal, 11-68 2:08, TCU 16 -

BYU 24

3rd 11:25 BYU - MCLAUGHLIN, Jar 47 yd field goal, 7-23 1:57, TCU 16 - BYU

27

10:14 BYU - WATKINS, Todd 67 yd pass from BECK, John (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar

kick), 1-67 0:10, TCU 16 - BYU 34

01:51 TCU - RODGERS, Cory 2 yd run (MANFREDINI, Chr kick), 15-80 5:

21, TCU 23 - BYU 34

4th 13:41 TCU - JACKSON, Willia 1 yd run (BROWN, Aaron rush failed), 5-21

1:51, TCU 29 - BYU 34

08:35 BYU - BROWN, Curtis 1 yd run (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar kick), 10-80 5:

06, TCU 29 - BYU 41

06:02 TCU - RODGERS, Cory 34 yd pass from BALLARD, Jeff (MANFREDINI,

Chr kick), 9-76 2:27, TCU 36 - BYU 41

01:25 TCU - BROWN, Aaron 35 yd pass from BALLARD, Jeff (BALLARD, Jeff

rush), 4-69 1:03, TCU 44 - BYU 41

00:00 BYU - MCLAUGHLIN, Jar 39 yd field goal, 13-0 16:25, TCU 44 -

BYU 44

OT 00:00 BYU - WATKINS, Todd 25 yd pass from BECK, John (MCLAUGHLIN, Jar

rush fumbld), 13-0 16:25, TCU 44 - BYU 50

00:00 TCU - RODGERS, Cory 3 yd run (MANFREDINI, Chr kick), 13-0 16:

25, TCU 51 - BYU 50

TCU BYU

FIRST DOWNS................... 25 32

RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 37-127 39-97

PASSING YDS (NET)............. 348 517

Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 50-24-0 51-30-2

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 87-475 90-614

Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0

Punt Returns-Yards............ 2-10 3-14

Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 5-161 2-41

Interception Returns-Yards.... 2-22 0-0

Punts (Number-Avg)............ 7-37.6 5-41.4

Fumbles-Lost.................. 2-0 1-1

Penalties-Yards............... 11-92 10-66

Possession Time............... 41:56 33:04

Third-Down Conversions........ 7 of 21 7 of 16

Fourth-Down Conversions....... 2 of 2 1 of 1

Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 5-5 3-3

Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 4-26 2-12

RUSHING: TCU-MERRILL, Robert 13-70; BROWN, Aaron 11-50; BALLARD, Jeff 2

-17; RODGERS, Cory 2-5; JACKSON, Willia 4-4; GUNN, Tye 5-minus 19.

Brigham Young-BROWN, Curtis 23-85; TAHI, Naufahu 6-20; BECK, John 10-

minus 8.

PASSING: TCU-GUNN, Tye 16-38-0-198; BALLARD, Jeff 8-12-0-150. Brigham

Young-BECK, John 30-51-2-517.

RECEIVING: TCU-RODGERS, Cory 9-137; HARMON, Quentil 6-51; MASSEY, Donald

4-35; BROWN, Aaron 2-53; DEPRIEST, Micha 1-55; DICKERSON, Ervi 1-10;

GRIMMETT, Matt 1-7. Brigham Young-BROWN, Curtis 8-92; WATKINS, Todd 7

-176; HARLINE, Jonny 4-79; MEIKLE, Nathan 4-53; COLLIE, Zac 2-44; ALLEN,

Matt 2-17; ASHWORTH, Luke 1-34; COATS, Dan 1-13; TAHI, Naufahu 1-9.

INTERCEPTIONS: TCU-FITCH, Zarnell 1-0; ROACH, David 1-22. Brigham

Young-None.

FUMBLES: TCU-GUNN, Tye 2-0. Brigham Young-WATKINS, Todd 1-1.

Stadium: Edwards Stadium Attendance: 58320

Kickoff time: 1:07 pm End of Game: 5:45 pm Total elapsed time: 4:42

Officials: Referee: Gerald Wright; Umpire: Kevin Matthews;

Linesman: Tim Padraza; Line judge: George Arredond; Back judge: Terry

White; Field judge: Tom Beller; Side judge: Dave Curschman;

Temperature: 67 Wind: S 4mph Weather: Partly Cloudy

SACKS (UA-A): TCU-ORTIZ, Chase 2-0; FITCH, Zarnell 1-0; LEWIS, Ken 1-0.

Brigham Young-MARQUARDT, Dani 1-1; BROWN, Manaia 0-1.

TACKLES (UA-A): TCU-ROACH, David 7-3; BONNER, Brian 6-2; MODKINS, Jeremy

6-1; PHILLIPS, Jason 5-1; COLEMAN, Drew 5-0; HENSON, Robert 2-3; LEWIS,

Ken 3-1; ORTIZ, Chase 2-2; NEWBY, Jamison 2-1; HODGE, Stephen 2-1; FITCH,

Zarnell 2-1; GALLEGOS, Elvis 2-1; BLAKE, Tommy 2-0; RAY, Ranorris 2-0;

DEPRIEST, Micha 2-0; BUTLER, Quincy 1-1; KESLER, Jared 1-1; COLEMAN,

Steven 1-0; JONES, Lorenzo 0-1; HEJNY, Jesse 0-1; HAWTHORNE, Davi 0-1;

SALVAGE, Mike 0-1; WHITE, Marvin 0-1. Brigham Young-BILLS, K.C. 7-3;

STAFFIERI, Mark 4-2; JENSEN, Cameron 1-5; FEULA, Vince 4-1; SOELBERG,

Natha 4-1; ROBINSON, Justi 3-2; GABRIEL, Dustin 2-3; LUETTGERODT, Ju 2-2;

HOWELL, O'Neil 2-1; KEHL, Bryan 2-1; WALKENHORST, Pa 1-2; MADDUX, Justin

0-3; HALE, Chris 2-0; WHITE, Spencer 1-1; MARQUARDT, Dani 1-1; TAFUNA,

David 1-1; SITAKE, T.J. 0-2; WAGNER, Aaron 0-2; NEHRING, Richar 1-0;

ASHWORTH, Luke 1-0; STACEY, Andrew 1-0; MIYAHIRA, Cole 1-0; HODGKISS,

Corby 0-1; BROWN, Manaia 0-1; GOOCH, Quinn 0-1.

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