TCU spoils Cougars’ BCS hopes

Published 3:01 am Friday, October 17, 2008

BYU will need a small miracle to reach the BCS. And maybe even just to win the Mountain West Conference.

With an ironic twist of revenge, and a smothering defense, TCU made sure of that.

Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes in his return to the lineup, receiver Jeremy Kerley became a running threat and the Horned Frogs sacked Max Hall seven times in a 32-7 victory Thursday night that snapped the ninth-ranked Cougars’ 16-game winning streak that was the longest in major college football.

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‘‘It just hurts. The BCS winning streak, when you get beat 30-something to seven, that stuff doesn’t matter,’’ BYU defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen said. ‘‘When you have high expectations like our team has and as hard as we worked to get better, it just feels horrible.’’

Sort of like how TCU felt two years ago when the Cougars were last visited Fort Worth, and ended the Frogs’ 13-game winning streak that was then the nation’s longest.

BYU (6-1, 2-1 Mountain West) never had a chance this time. It wasn’t even close, as TCU registered its biggest win ever over a Top Ten team.