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Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2002 6:58 PM EDT
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Tcu 45, Louisville 31
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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Tye Gunn threw for three touchdowns and Ricky Madison and Lonta Hobbs ran wild as Texas Christian's offense remained in high gear with a 45-31 Conference USA victory over Louisville.

Since a season-opening overtime loss at Cincinnati, TCU (6-1, 3-1 C-USA) is averaging better than 34 points during its six-game winning streak. The Horned Frogs have scored 125 points in their last three games and rushed for 515 yards in their last two.

Gunn completed 17-of-23 passes for 187 yards. All three of his TD passes came in the first half, when TCU raced to a 38-7 lead, silencing the crowd of 34,127 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Last week, the Horned Frogs had 265 rushing yards. They added 250 this week as Madison ran for 137 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and Hobbs added 106 and two scores on 22 rushes. It was the second 100-yard game this season for Madison and the first for Hobbs.

Dave Ragone, who engineered an upset of Florida State earlier this year, tried to rally Louisville (4-3, 2-1), which had a three-game winning streak snapped. He threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns, but also absorbed six sacks as his young offensive line again provided poor protection.

On TCU's first possession, Gunn found LaTerence Dunbar with a 17-yard TD pass. After Nick Browne kicked a 37-yard field goal, Hobbs had a one-yard TD run to make it 17-0 just 79 seconds into the second period.

A turnover set up Gunn's 20-yard scoring toss to Adrian Madise with 8:21 left before halftime. Less than four minutes later, Madison bolted 11 yards for a TD and a 31-0 advantage.

The Cardinals finally got on the scoreboard with Ragone's 40-yard TD pass to Damien Dorsey, who caught six passes for 125 yards and two TDs. But Gunn answered in the final minute of the half with a 27-yard TD pass to Reggie Holts.

Louisville rallied early in the third quarter, pulling within 38-24 in the first five minutes. Ragone threw a six-yard TD pass to Richard Owens and a 47-yard pass to T.J. Patterson that set up a four-yard TD run by Henry Miller around a safety.

But the offense stalled, and a one-yard TD run by Hobbs gave TCU a 45-24 lead with 8:42 to play.

Louisville committed three turnovers and 11 penalties.


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