College Football

Iowa State Cyclones Shock No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs in Huge Upset

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 6:  Jared Brackens #14 of the Iowa State Cyclones celebrates with teammates after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs during the Big 12 Conference game on October 6, 2012 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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Mike MoraitisAnalyst IOctober 6, 2012

The Iowa State Cyclones shocked the world with their win over the TCU Horned Frogs, 37-23.

Iowa St. came flying out of the gate, lighting up TCU for 16 first-quarter points. Quarterback Jared Barnett and receiver Josh Lenz hooked up for two huge scoring plays in the opening frame, one for 51 yards and the other for 74 yards.

TCU got into the end zone once in the first quarter, capping off a nice drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to Aundre Dean. That would be the only touchdown TCU could muster up in the first half, sending the Horned Frogs into the second half, down 16-10.

The Cyclones would start the scoring in the second half on the backs of RBs James White and Aaron Horne. Both ball-carriers combined for 59 yards on the drive, with the biggest play coming from Horne, who broke loose for a 33-yard gain.

The Horned Frogs would fire back quickly thanks to a scoring drive that was helped by a 30-yard pass from Boykin to Josh Bryce. Laderice Sanders would eventually punch the ball into the end zone to finish the drive, helping TCU back to a six-point deficit.

A field goal late in the third helped TCU to a three-point deficit going into the fourth quarter.

A trick play early in the fourth quarter helped the Cyclones complete another solid drive, as Lenz was the one throwing the ball, connecting with tight end Ernst Brun Jr. That play helped put Iowa St. up by 10.

TCU could only respond with a field goal, and that was it for its scoring in this game. The Cyclones, on the other hand, would tack on another touchdown, effectively putting the game out of reach.

Turnovers were the big story of this game, as Boykin threw three picks for TCU, accounting for three of the five total turnovers. In all, the Horned Frogs quarterback was 23-of-40, gaining 270 yards and a touchdown.

The player of the game, no doubt, was Lenz. The Iowa St. receiver caught five passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns. Lenz also threw for a score, giving him four touchdowns in the game.

TCU came into this matchup with a No. 15 ranking in the country, but this loss will certainly change that. 

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