FORT WORTH, Texas (Ticker) -- Lonta Hobbs capped a brilliant day with a one-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds remaining to lift Texas Christian to a 27-20 victory over Memphis and at least a share of the Conference USA title.
Hobbs, a true freshman, rushed for a season-high 287 yards and three touchdowns for TCU (9-2, 6-2 C-USA), which has a one-half game lead over Cincinnati. The Bearcats are 5-2 in conference action and play at East Carolina - which last week snapped the Horned Frogs' eight-game winning streak - next week. Cincinnati defeated TCU on September 2, 36-29 in overtime.
However, after the game TCU accepted a bid to the Liberty Bowl, which takes the Conference USA champion.
The Horned Frogs led, 19-6, before Danny Wimprine tossed an eight-yard TD pass to John Doucette with 11:28 to play, and Wimprine added a nine-yard pass to Tavares Gideon with 8:19 remaining to give the Tigers (3-9, 2-6) a 20-19 lead.
But TCU embarked on an 18-play, 80-yard drive that consumed more than 7 1/2 minutes and ended on Hobbs' run. Quarterback Sean Stilley ran it in on the ensuing two-point conversion to give the Horned Frogs a two-point lead.
With the win, the Horned Frogs gained no worse than a piece of their first Conference USA title. They joined the conference prior to last season after winning the Western Athletic Conference in 1999 and 2000.
Stilley completed 12-of-19 passes with one interception for just 85 yards, but the Horned Frogs gained 318 yards on the ground on 55 attempts. TCU held more than a 10-minute advantage in time of possession.
Hobbs set TCU freshman rushing records for yards in a season (952) and game (287).
Wimprine was 12-of-35 for 164 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the first meeting between the schools.