Frogs gain momentum in fourth quarter; Dalton out with injury

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

    Current score: 52-17 TCU

    No. 3 TCU (11-0, 7-0 MWC) got off to a fast start against New Mexico (1-10, 1-6) Saturday in its final regular season game, but the Lobos battles back by getting point off of two TCU fumbles to stay within distance, 31-17, at the half.

    Andy Dalton threw thee touchdown passes to get TCU out to a 21-0 lead, but New Mexico forced fumbles in the first and second quarters to keep it manageable.

    Dalton was sacked with about 9 minutes left in the second quarter and left the game. As of halftime, he had not returned.

    Dalton threw touchdown passes of 14, 38 and 45 yards to Antoine Hicks, Waymon James and Jimmy Young, respectively, to start the game.

    After a fumble by Hicks on the first play of TCU’s fourth possession, New Mexico turned it into its first touchdown of the game with a 1-yard run from freshman quarterback Stump Godfrey.

    TCU recovered a fumble by Godfrey on the New Mexico 10 yard line early in the second quarter, and Luke Shivers ran for a 2-yard touchdown soon after to give TCU a 31-7 lead.

    After a New Mexico drive was capped by a 29-yard James Aho field goal, Dalton fumbled after being sacked on TCU’s next possession. The Lobos returned it to the TCU 1 yard line, and Godfrey ran it in to cut the Frogs’ lead to 31-17.

    Yogi Gallegos and Casey Pachall both stepped in for Dalton to finish the half, but the Frogs only gained 43 yards on two drives.

    The Frogs are trying to go 12-0 during the regular season and win the MWC championship for the second consecutive year.