In a weekend that saw major changes to the overall Bowl Championship Series standings, the Horned Frog football team continued its winning ways with a victory over the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.The Frogs (7-2 overall and 3-2 in conference) defeated the Lobos 27-21 and improved to No. 3 in the Mountain West Conference standings behind the BYU Cougars (8-2, 6-0) and the Utah Utes (6-4, 4-2).
The Cougars, with a 55-7 win against the Wyoming Cowboys, are now ranked No. 25 in the BCS and have clinched at least a share of the Mountain West Conference championship.
Against the Lobos, there were a number of individual accomplishments for the Frogs.
Senior quarterback Jeff Ballard improved to 15-2 as a starter, a career winning percentage that ranks him No. 1 all-time at TCU. This was also head coach Gary Patterson’s 50th win since taking the helm of the Horned Frogs, and he is the fastest coach to reach that many wins.
Senior tailback Lonta Hobbs moved from No. 8 to No. 5 in the list of all-time career rushing yards. And, with his 36th career rushing touchdown, Hobbs now only trails former Horned Frog and San Diego Chargers standout LaDainian Tomlinson, who left TCU with 54 career touchdowns.
Senior placekicker Peter LoCoco now has seven straight field goals made over the last three games.
And, on the defensive side of the ball, All-American candidate Tommy Blake, a junior defensive end, recorded his first collegiate touchdown after returning a fumble 20 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.
In order to have a chance at a share of the Mountain West championship, the Frogs will need to continue to extend their winning streak as every win will be crucial. They will also be rooting for BYU’s upcoming opponents to possibly upset the Cougars and bring them back down to the competition.