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C-USA: Frogs continue to horn way into BCS picture

By Wire services
Published November 16, 2003

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU just keeps prolonging the BCS debate.

So far, the Horned Frogs have the perfect answer for critics and doubters who don't believe they deserve a chance to play in one of the top four bowls.

"Everybody can criticize and do what they want, but the bottom line to it ... we're 10-0," coach Gary Patterson said emphatically after TCU's 43-10 win over Cincinnati on Saturday. "That's all we care about."

Kenny Boyd returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and linebacker Marvin Patterson pounced on a fumble in the end zone as the Horned Frogs extended their winning streak to 12.

TCU and No.1 Oklahoma are the only undefeated teams in Division I-A.

The Frogs are sixth in the Bowl Championship Series standings, the highest ranking ever for a team from a non-BCS conference. If they stay in the top six, they will be guaranteed a spot in one of the four most lucrative bowls. Fiesta Bowl representatives were at the game.

Next up is Thursday night's game at Southern Miss for the outright C-USA title. That likely is the last challenge to keeping the BCS dream alive for the Frogs, who end their regular season Nov.29 at winless SMU.

"All we can do now is keep winning games," said Nick Browne, who tied a TCU record with five field goals.

MEMPHIS 37, LOUISVILLE 7: Danny Wimprine threw a touchdown and ran for another as the Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak in the series. DeAngelo Williams rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown as Memphis won in Louisville for the first time since 1983.

The Tigers have four consecutive wins for the first time since 1994 and seven victories for the first time since 1976. The Cardinals came in ranked fifth in the nation in total offense (482 yards a game). They gained 216 yards and had 12 first downs, both season lows.

SOUTHERN MISS 28, TULANE 14: Dustin Almond put the game away with a 34-yard touchdown to Alan Whitney off a fake field goal with less than two minutes left for the host Golden Eagles. The Green Wave fell behind 17-0 in the first quarter but J.P. Losman hit Roydell Williams for a 3-yard touchdown late in the first half and threw a 17-yard TD to Chris Bush to make it 20-14 with 7:26 left.

HOUSTON 34, ARMY 14: Kevin Kolb passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns for the visiting Cougars, who handed the Black Knights their 13th consecutive loss. Brandon Middleton had six catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and Anthony Evans added 140 yards and one TD rushing for Houston. Army also has 13 consecutive home losses.

[Last modified November 16, 2003, 01:34:40]


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