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TCU halts BYU win streak

Associated Press / October 17, 2008
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BYU can stop worrying about reaching the BCS. TCU made sure of that in an ironic twist of revenge.

Jonathan Dalton threw for two touchdowns, receiver Jeremy Kerley became a running threat, and TCU beat the ninth-ranked Cougars, 32-7, last night, snapping their 16-game winning streak, which was the longest in major college football.

When the Cougars were last in Fort Worth two years ago, they snapped TCU's 13-game winning streak that was then the nation's longest.

BYU (6-1, 2-1 Mountain West) never had a chance this time, not with Kerley, a former high school quarterback, taking direct snaps and running all over the place for the Frogs (7-1, 4-0) and their smothering, top-ranked defense.

BYU quarterback Max Hall, who had been sacked only twice over the first six games, was sacked four times before halftime, and twice more after that. His fumble set up TCU's first touchdown and he threw an interception that led to another score - all in the first quarter.

FSU rallies to beat N.C. State

Christian Ponder threw for the go-ahead touchdown and Antone Smith ran for a score to help Florida State beat host North Carolina State, 26-17. Smith finished with 89 yards rushing for the Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 4 points early in the final quarter before scoring 13 straight to end the game. Bert Reed added the 17-yard catch for the lead and Graham Gano kicked four field goals - including a 53-yarder with 1:53 left to seal the win . . . Clemson running back C.J. Spiller won't play against Georgia Tech tomorrow because of a pulled hamstring, while demoted quarterback Cullen Harper says he needs surgery for a fracture in his left shoulder. Team spokesman Tim Bourret said Spiller could be ready by the Tigers' Nov. 1 game at Boston College . . . The Mountain West Conference will send a team to the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, in 2009 after the conference and bowl reached an agreement. The Mountain West will send its fifth-place team to play a school from the Western Athletic Conference.

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