FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Antoine Hicks, Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker ran for touchdowns and Tank Carder returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown, helping No. 19 TCU win at least a share of the Mountain West title with a 34-10 victory over Colorado State on Saturday.
Coming off an upset win at Boise State, the Horned Frogs (9-2, 6-0) seemed a bit flat in the first half. They were outgained and had to settle for a pair of field goals, then followed a touchdown by allowing a long drive just before halftime, only to get a stop that forced the Rams (3-7, 1-4) to kick a field goal. TCU got rolling in the third quarter to hand Colorado State a sixth straight loss.
TCU — which is clinging to hopes of going to a BCS bowl for a second straight season — extended its conference records by winning a 23rd straight league game and 16th straight league game at home. This was its second-to-last game as a Mountain West school, as the Horned Frogs are jumping to the Big 12 next season. Their Mountain West finale is Dec. 3 against UNLV, and a win will give them the outright conference title.
TCU’s Casey Pachall was 13 of 20 for 117 yards, and Waymon James had 108 yards rushing. Tucker ran for 94 yards and Wesley for 63. Hicks’ 2-yard TD came on his only carry.
CSU’s Garrett Grayson, a true freshman making his first start, was 14 of 24 for 248 yards and a touchdown plus the interception by Carder. His touchdown was a 66-yard heave to Raymond Carter shortly after the Horned Frogs had stretched their lead to 27-3.
Chris Nwoke followed his 232-yard rushing performance last week by rushing for 60 yards on 21 carries.
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