DENVER - SEPTEMBER 04: Quarterback Pete Thomas #4 of the Colorado State Rams bobbles the ball and recovered his own fumble against the Colorado Buffaloes during the the Rocky Mountain Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 4 2010 in Denver Colorado. Colorado was awarded the Centenial Trophy after they defeated Colorado State 24-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

TCU Shuts Outs Colorado State, 27-0

Fifth ranked TCU makes their first trip outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth area to take on Colorado State this weekend.

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TCU Uses The Rushing Game And Defense To Defeat Colorado State 27-0

Fort Collins, CO (Sports Network) - Ed Wesley ran for a pair of touchdowns and Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass, as fifth-ranked TCU used a stout defensive effort in a 27-0 victory over Colorado State in the Mountain West opener for both schools at Hughes Stadium.

Wesley ran for 78 yards on 15 carries and Matthew Tucker added 87 yards on eight attempts for the Horned Frogs (5-0, 1-0 MWC), who racked up 346 yards on the ground. Dalton also picked up 67 yards on 10 carries and completed just 11-of-24 passes for 109 yards in the victory.

Colorado State (1-4, 0-1) was coming off a 36-34 win over Idaho last week, but managed a mere 161 yards of offense and eight first downs in this one. The Rams had scored just 19 points in losses to Colorado, Nevada and Miami-Ohio before last week's game.

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TCU Pulling Away With A Big Third Quarter

Colorado State was actually causing TCU to sweat for just over two quarters of football, but then TCU remembered that they were the fifth ranked team in the country and scored 14 third quarter points to extend their lead 20-0 to head into the fourth quarter.

TCU used the third quarter to rush the ball against the Ram defense on two long yardage drives.  They had drives of five plays for 80 yards and then a three play drive of only 60 yards.  Colorado State had a chance to close the gap when TCU had quarterback Andy Dalton punt the ball out of the shotgun formation with TCU up only 13-0, but the Rams went three and out which lead to TCU scoring possibly the touchdown that out the game out of reach.

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