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Game 7

Utah 21, TCU 7

Salt Lake City - Oct. 12
Rice Stadium - Att. 28,786

SALT LAKE CITY - Cold, wet conditions slowed Utah's passing game, but the best defensive showing of the year and another big day by running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala propelled Utah to a 21-7 win over Texas Christian. Utah won its sixth game in a row, despite holding the ball for a mere 18:24 and compiling a season-low 13 first downs. Fuamatu-Ma'afala made those minutes count, rumbling for 182 yards and two long touchdowns.

Defensively, Utah held TCU to 229 yards and a single touchdown--its best effort of the year. The TCU touchdown came after the Horned Frogs recovered a fumble deep in Utah territory in the first quarter. TCU did not score the rest of the game. On the flip side, Utah's offense sputtered, but made the big plays. Fuamatu-Ma'afala broke loose for scoring runs of 70 and 52 yards--the former a career-best. Utah's first two touchdowns (the first of which was a 41-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Dyson from Mike Fouts) were scored in a mere 20 seconds.

Fuamatu-Ma'afala averaged a whopping 9.1 yards per carry in his fourth-straight 100-yard game of the season. His fourth straight triple-digit game tied a school record. Armand Boglin sparked Utah's defense with two sacks--including a game-clinching, 11-yard sack with 3:28 remaining.

TCU     7   0   0   0 -  7
Utah    7   0   7   7 - 21

Scoring Summary
UU--Dyson 41 pass from Fouts (Pulsipher kick), 10:12, 1st
TC--Brown 13 pass from Taylor (Reeder kick), 1:32, 1st
UU--Fuamatu-Ma'afala 70 run (Pulsipher kick), 4:37, 3rd
UU--Fuamatu-Ma'afala 52 run (Pulsipher kick), 2:08, 4th

Team Statistics          UU      TC
First Downs              13      20
Net Rushing          27-211  53-125
Passing             19-10-1 27-17-0
Passing Yards           146     104
Total Offense           357     229
Fumbles                 3-3     1-0
Penalties              6-69    8-60
Interceptions           0-0     1-4
Punting              5-40.4  7-39.0
Punt Returns           4-19    2-23
Kickoff Returns        2-22    3-66
Time of Possession    18:24   41:36
Third Down Conversions  2-8    8-21
Fourth Down Conversions 0-0     1-3
Sacks By               8-61    2-17

Individual Leaders
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD)--Utah: Fuamatu-Ma'afala 20-182-2, Johnson 4-47-0. TCU: Boyd 19-97-0, Mitchell 22-78-0.

Passing (Att-Comp-I-Yds-TD)--Utah: Fouts 19-10-1-146-1. TCU: Taylor 18-11-0-72-1, Dover 9-6-0-32-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD)--Utah: Dyson 3-58-1, Henry 3-29-0, Christoffersen 2-34-0. TCU: Mitchell 8-57-0, Washington 4-11-0.

Kickoff Returns--Utah: Lawson 2-22. TCU: R. Hunt 3-66.

Punt Returns--Utah: Lusk 4-19. TCU: 2-23.

Defensive Leaders--Utah: Tackles: Dart 15, Love 12. Sacks: Kia 2-13, Tauanuu 2-10, Love 2-13, Boglin 2-24. Interceptions: None.

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