TCU ambushes No. 7 Okahoma to pull biggest upset in 45 years
The Sooners suffered their first loss in September under coach Bob Stoops.
NORMAN, Okla. -- His ankle injured and his team defeated, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson had few words to explain what had just happened.
"Right now, I'm kind of shocked," he said.
He wasn't the only one.
TCU came up with its biggest upset in 45 years, stifling Peterson and beating No. 7 Oklahoma 17-10 Saturday in the Sooners' first home loss since 2001 and first loss in September under coach Bob Stoops.
The Horned Frogs (1-0) came out with a plan to stop Peterson and make Oklahoma quarterback Paul Thompson beat them in his first career start. It worked.
While Peterson, the Heisman Trophy runner-up as a freshman last year, was held to 63 yards on 22 carries, TCU's Tye Gunn threw for 226 yards and a touchdown and Robert Merrill scored the decisive touchdown on a 2-yard run with 11:56.
Capitalized on fumble
The Horned Frogs took advantage of a fumble by Sooners backup quarterback Rhett Bomar. Bomar, who lost a quarterback competition to Thompson but did well enough to earn playing time, fumbled while retreating and trying to spin away from Jamison Newby. David Hawthorne picked up the ball at the TCU 17, and Merrill took an option pitch from Gunn and scored untouched four plays later. It was one of four turnovers -- including four fumbles -- by the Sooners.
"When we got the turnovers, their heads dropped," Hawthorne said. "It wasn't the same OU team that you saw last year."
The Sooners had one final chance with 2:05 left, but Thompson -- charged with replacing 2003 Heisman winner Jason White -- fumbled on a fourth down play with 1:03 left and the Horned Frogs recovered and ran out the clock.
Oklahoma fans quickly filed out while TCU players gathered by the band for the fight song amid the cheers of two sections of purple-clad Frogs fans.
"We were just trying to make a statement that, 'Hey, we're here,"' TCU offensive tackle Herbert Taylor said. "The Frogs come to play. We play hard."
The Horned Frogs last beat a team so highly ranked on Oct. 29, 1960, when they defeated No. 7 Baylor 14-6. TCU also upset No. 2 Texas 14-9 on Nov. 14, 1959.
No. 3 Tennessee 17, UAB 10
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee survived a late scare against UAB when a fourth-down from Darnell Hackney sailed over Lance Rhodes' head, allowing the Volunteers to open the season with a seven-point win.
The Blazers were at the Tennessee 12 with less than four minutes left. On fourth-down, Darrell Hackney's pass sailed over Lance Rhodes' head in the end zone and the Vols took over and ran out the clock.
No. 13 Georgia 48, No. 18 Boise State 13
ATHENS, Ga. -- D.J. Shockley was worth the wait, teaming with a revamped Georgia defense to give Boise State a jarring lesson in big-time football.
Finally getting to start as a senior, Shockley threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score in the season opener.
Jared Zabransky and the high-scoring Broncos were totally overwhelmed by Georgia, which didn't seem to have any trouble replacing David Pollack, Thomas Davis and Odell Thurman, three defensive stars who moved on to the NFL.
No. 19 California 41, Sacramento St. 3
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Marshawn Lynch rushed for 147 yards and a score, and California won despite a tumultuous afternoon for three quarterbacks.
Heralded freshman DeSean Jackson caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Nate Longshore on Cal's opening drive. Jackson also returned a fourth-quarter punt 49 yards for a score as the Golden Bears finally turned the mismatch into a blowout.
No. 22 Boston College 20, BYU 3
PROVO, Utah -- Quinton Porter passed for 232 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in nearly two years as Boston College spoiled the debut of new BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall.
Porter, who redshirted last year after starting 10 games in 2003 before missing the end of the season with a hand injury, completed 27 of 35 passes. Both his touchdowns came on passes to Chris Miller to lead the Eagles past the Cougars in the season opener for both teams.