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Texas Christian 62, Iowa State 14

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By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas - Tre Tomlinson, Max Duggan and fourth-ranked TCU can now look forward to the Big 12 championship game since that is next. There is even much more to play for after quite a statement to finish an undefeated regular season

"Coming into every game, we have lot of doubters," Tomlinson said. "We know what type of team we have. We showcased it constantly and we're an undefeated team."

Kendre Miller ran for two touchdowns as the Horned Frogs completed the first undefeated regular season by a Big 12 team since 2009 with a 62-14 victory over Iowa State, getting them closer to making the four-team College Football Playoff.

Win the Big 12 championship next Saturday, and there will be no question about that.

"It means we've got one more to play for a championship," said Max Duggan, who threw three TDs to different receivers. "It's the next game and I don't think we're supposed to make any bigger deal than we need to. ... Same mindset."

The Frogs (12-0, 9-0 Big 12, No. 4 CFP), in coach Sonny Dykes' first season, are one of only three undefeated teams remaining.

A week after having to score nine points in the final 2 minutes, 7 seconds at Baylor, and getting the game-ending field goal when out of timeouts and the clock running, TCU led 17-0 with scores on each of its three drives against the Big 12's top defense.

"It's good to finally kind of play a game like that. It's been a while," Dykes said.

Iowa State (4-8, 1-8) had given up 16.5 points a game, the most being 31 and with only two teams scoring more than 24.

"Hats off to TCU. I mean, quite honestly, one of the best teams we've played in the last five, six years," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. "Just a complete team."

The Frogs, who hadn't won a game by more than 10 points since its Big 12 opener Oct. 1, led 24-0 at the end of the first quarter on Millard Bradford's 36-yard interception return for their first defensive touchdown this season. Josh Newton added another one with his 57-yard pick and score after halftime.

It was the most-lopsided loss for Iowa State since 55-3 in the regular-season finale at TCU in 2014, the inaugural season for the four-team playoff and when there was no Big 12 title game.

One-loss TCU went into that game No. 3, but dropped to sixth in the final CFP rankings the next day. That was one spot below one-loss Baylor, the only team to beat the Frogs. Ohio State was fourth after a 59-0 win in the Big Ten title game.

Texas was the last Big 12 team with an undefeated regular season, in 2009, when they won the conference championship game but lost in the BCS National Championship Game. Oklahoma was undefeated in Big 12 games in 2016 after starting 1-2 in non-conference games.

MILLER IN THE (END) ZONE

Miller's 25-yard TD run in the first quarter marked his 13th consecutive game with a rushing touchdown, the nation's longest active streak. He added a 1-yard score, his 16th of the season, on fourth down at the end of the first half for a 34-7 lead.

WITHOUT Q

While standout receiver Quentin Johnston was held out because of a lingering ankle injury, Duggan completed 17 of 24 passes for 212 yards - with 10 different players making those catches. Dykes said Johnston went through warmups with no problem and was available, but that TCU wanted to try to keep him as healthy as possible going into next week.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa State: The Cyclones had allowed 24 points combined in the first quarter of their previous 11 games. ... It is their first losing record since 3-9 in Campbell's debut in 2016 after taking over a team coming off six consecutive losing seasons.

"I feel like this team has fought, scratched and clawed every way," Campbell said. "Our tank was on about E."

TCU: The last time the Frogs got this deep into a season undefeated was 2010, then in Mountain West, when they finished 13-0 and with a No. 2 national ranking after winning the Rose Bowl.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

With No. 2 Ohio State's 45-23 point home loss to No. 3 Michigan, the Horned Frogs should move up a spot in the new AP poll Sunday. That could also be the case in the new CFP rankings Tuesday.

November 26, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter IaStTCU
TCU TD 10:13 Geor'Quarius Spivey 19 yd pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick) 0 7
TCU FG 4:54 Griffin Kell 36 yd FG 0 10
TCU TD 2:15 Kendre Miller 25 yd run (Griffin Kell kick) 0 17
TCU TD 2:03 Millard Bradford 36 yd interception return (Griffin Kell kick) 0 24
Second Quarter IaStTCU
IaSt TD 13:16 DeShawn Hanika 15 yd pass from Hunter Dekkers (Jace Gilbert kick) 7 24
TCU FG 11:29 Griffin Kell 54 yd FG 7 27
TCU TD 0:14 Kendre Miller 1 yd run (Griffin Kell kick) 7 34
Third Quarter IaStTCU
TCU TD 6:25 Savion Williams 2 yd pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick) 7 41
TCU TD 2:00 Jordan Hudson 13 yd pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick) 7 48
TCU TD 1:02 Josh Newton 57 yd interception return (Griffin Kell kick) 7 55
Fourth Quarter IaStTCU
IaSt TD 13:46 Deon Silas 19 yd run (Keegan Shackford kick) 14 55
TCU TD 1:18 Jordan Hudson 2 yd pass from Chandler Morris (Griffin Kell kick) 14 62
Team Stats
  Iowa State TCU
First downs 19 21
  Rushing 10 8
  Passing 6 10
  Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Efficiency 4-13, 31% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 3-3, 100%
Rushes-Yards 31-159 38-131
Passing Yards 171 246
Return Yards 110 206
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-38-2 22-30-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--7 0-0
Punts 4 3
Punts-Average 42 39.3
Fumbles Lost 3-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-78 6-57
Time of Possession 26:08 33:52
Iowa State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Dekkers 12 24 106 1 1
R. Becht 7 13 65 0 1
J. Noel 0 1 0 0 0
TCU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Duggan 17 24 212 3 0
C. Morris 5 6 34 1 0
Iowa State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Sanders 7 91 13.0 0
C. Norton 12 71 5.9 0
D. Silas 4 21 5.3 1
H. Dekkers 6 0 0.0 0
TCU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Miller 15 72 4.8 2
E. Bailey 11 58 5.3 0
E. Demercado 6 12 2.0 0
M. Duggan 3 3 1.0 0
C. Morris 1 2 2.0 0
T. Battle 1 0 0.0 0
Iowa State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Hanika 3 49 16.3 1
J. Noel 7 40 5.7 0
C. Norton 1 23 23.0 0
T. Moore 2 14 7.0 0
B. Coberley 2 13 6.5 0
X. Hutchinson 2 11 5.5 0
S. Shaw Jr. 1 11 11.0 0
E. Dean 1 10 10.0 0
TCU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Williams 5 48 9.6 1
G. Spivey 3 43 14.3 1
J. Wiley 3 36 12.0 0
E. Bailey 2 23 11.5 0
T. Battle 1 19 19.0 0
B. Nowell 2 17 8.5 0
B. Conwright 1 17 17.0 0
J. Hudson 2 15 7.5 2
D. Davis 1 14 14.0 0
K. Miller 1 12 12.0 0
G. Henderson 1 2 2.0 0
Iowa State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
TCU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Newton 1 57
M. Bradford 1 36
Iowa State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Perkins 4 168 42.0
TCU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sandy 3 118 39.3
Iowa State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
TCU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Henderson 1 8 8.0
Iowa State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Noel 5 110 22.0
TCU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Demercado 1 62 62.0
T. Battle 1 24 24.0
S. Banks 1 19 19.0
Iowa State Missed FG
Player Length
J. Gilbert 45
J. Gilbert 34
TCU Missed FG
Player Length




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