FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -The top defense in the nation was slow to arrive but quick to recover Saturday, leading TCU past
Colorado State 13-7 on a chilly afternoon at Hughes Stadium.
The Rams marched right down the field for a touchdown on their first possession, then could hardly find any holes to run through
or yards to gain after the catch - when they did manage to hold onto the ball.
TCU (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West) ruined the Rams' homecoming and handed Colorado State (3-3, 1-1) its first home loss in six games
dating to last year.
After its only airplane trip in a two-month span, the
looked like they had jet lag on CSU's opening drive, a nine-play, 78-yard march that included 45 yards on the ground, highlighted
's 4-yard rumble into the end zone.
But the Rams managed just 15 yards rushing on their four subsequent first-half drives and the
took a 13-7 lead into the locker room after CSU's
dropped long touchdown passes from quarterback
The Rams went to backup quarterback
in the third quarter but they couldn't get close to the end zone in a seven second-half possessions.
They had minus-49 yards rushing in the second half and finished with just 11 yards on 28 carries.
came into the game leading the nation in run defense, allowing just 22.3 yards a game, total defense (208.8) and fewest first
downs per game (10). They were also tops in time of possession (37:09) and in team rushing (246.7).
And after that first drive, they lived up to their reputation.
scored on a 6-yard run and
punched it in from 3 yards out for TCU. The kick following Brown's TD was blocked.
One play before Brown's TD, cornerback
was hanging on quarterback
's back but couldn't bring him down and Jackson somehow completed a 5-yard pass to his tight end on fourth-and-1 from the
The Frogs were 6-of-9 on third downs in the first half, including one just before Turner's TD, but Jackson inexplicably spiked
the ball at midfield on third-and-1, forcing a punt in the waning seconds.
Jackson also fumbled five snaps, one of which resulted in a turnover.
It was 39 degrees at kickoff and cold, wet fans streamed toward the exits by halftime.