FORT WORTH —
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Brandon Carter had a 68-yard touchdown on one of his one-handed catches, linebacker Kenny Cain recovered a fumble along with two interceptions and 17th-ranked TCU beat Virginia 27-7 Saturday for its 11th consecutive victory.
Casey Pachall threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns for the Horned Frogs (3-0), whose winning streak is the longest among FBS schools.
Josh Boyce had his TCU-record 18th career touchdown catch. Freshman Jaden Oberkrom had field goals of 46 and 47 yards, the second field goal set up by Cain’s 40-yard interception return.
The Frogs hadn’t allowed a touchdown this season until Virginia (2-2) finally scored with 4½ minutes left, when backup quarterback Phillip Sims threw a 5-yard TD to E.J. Scott to make it 20-7.
Carter put TCU ahead to stay on its first drive when he made a one-handed grab while leaping with his right hand fully extended near midfield behind safety Brandon Phelps. Carter sprinted untouched to the end zone, capping a 94-yard drive after a punt that Virginia’s Anthony Harris slapped back from the goal-line to prevent a touchback.
Carter had five catches for 128 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game.
Cain is the first TCU linebacker with two interceptions in a game since Chad Bayer on Nov. 20, 1999, the same day LaDainian Tomlinson set an NCAA record with 406 yards rushing for the Frogs against UTEP.
Late in the first half, Carter reached up with his right hand for another big play, turning a short pass into a 43-yard gain to the Virginia 3. The Frogs failed to convert that one when Pachall, with plenty of time to throw, tried to force a ball to Boyce that was intercepted by Maurice Canady.
It was the first pick of the pick of the season for Pachall, the nation’s most efficient passer so far this season. He completed 21 of 32 passes.