No. 4 TCU finishes undefeated regular season with 62-14 rout over Cyclones

AP PHOTO - Iowa State quarterback Hunter Dekkers tries to avoid TCU’s Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson during the first half of a Big 12 Conference football game Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Tre’Vius Hodges-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,” said Hodges-Tomlinson, the fourth-year cornerback. “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 on Saturday, getting them closer to making the four-team College Football Playoff.

Beat No. 15 Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game next Saturday, and there will be no question about that for TCU.

“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.

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.

This marks the Cyclones’ first losing record since finishing 3-9 in Campbell’s debut in 2016 after taking over a team coming off six consecutive losing seasons.

No. 4 TCU 62, Iowa State 14

Iowa St. 0 7 0 7 — 14

TCU 24 10 21 7 — 62

First Quarter

TCU–Spivey 19 pass from Duggan (Kell kick), 10:13.

TCU–FG Kell 36, 4:54.

TCU–K.Miller 25 run (Kell kick), 2:15.

TCU–Bradford 36 interception return (Kell kick), 2:03.

Second Quarter

ISU–Hanika 15 pass from Dekkers (Gilbert kick), 13:16.

TCU–FG Kell 54, 11:29.

TCU–K.Miller 1 run (Kell kick), :14.

Third Quarter

TCU–S.Williams 2 pass from Duggan (Kell kick), 6:25.

TCU–Hudson 13 pass from Duggan (Kell kick), 2:00.

TCU–Newton 57 interception return (Kell kick), 1:02.

Fourth Quarter

ISU–Silas 19 run (Shackford kick), 13:46.

TCU–Hudson 2 pass from Morris (Kell kick), 1:18.




First downs 19 21

Total Net Yards 330 377

Rushes-yards 31-159 38-131

Passing 171 246

Comp-Att-Int 19-38-2 22-30-0

Punts 4-42.0 3-39.333

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-0

Penalties-Yards 8-78 6-57

Time of Possession 26:08 33:52


RUSHING–Iowa St., Sanders 7-91, Norton 12-71, Silas 4-21, Dekkers 6-0, (Team) 2-(minus 24). TCU, Miller 15-72, Bailey 11-58, Demercado 6-12, Duggan 3-3, Morris 1-2, Battle 1-0, (Team) 1-(minus 16).

PASSING–Iowa St., Dekkers 12-24-1-106, Becht 7-13-1-65, Noel 0-1-0-0. TCU, Duggan 17-24-0-212, Morris 5-6-0-34.

RECEIVING–Iowa St., Noel 7-40, Hanika 3-49, Moore 2-14, Coberley 2-13, Hutchinson 2-11, Norton 1-23, Shaw 1-11, Dean 1-10. TCU, S.Williams 5-48, Spivey 3-43, Wiley 3-36, Bailey 2-23, Nowell 2-17, Hudson 2-15, Battle 1-19, Conwright 1-17, Davis 1-14, Miller 1-12, Henderson 1-2.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–Iowa St., Gilbert 45, Gilbert 34.


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