Cougars’ home win streak on line against Horned Frogs

The road team has won the last two meetings between Brigham Young and Texas Christian, but that could very well change Thursday night, when the Cougars gun for their 11th consecutive home win at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.

BYU, which beat Colorado State 35-16 Saturday for its fifth straight win and its record 12th consecutive Mountain West Conference victory, has won its last 10 home games by an average of 30.3 points per game.

The Cougars’ home winning streak is their longest since winning 17 in a row from 1989 to 1991.

BYU (6-2, 4-0), which has won 16 of its last 18 overall, has won 12 of its last 13 home games since losing a 51-50 overtime thriller to TCU in 2005.

“That seems like a long time ago,” BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said.

The shootout marked the largest comeback win in Gary Patterson’s seven-year tenure as TCU’s coach. The Horned Frogs (5-4, 2-3 MWC), who ripped New Mexico 37-0 Saturday, erased a 34-16 deficit late in the third quarter against the Cougars.

BYU is the only team to top 28 points against TCU since the Horned Frogs joined the MWC in 2005, and the Cougars have done it twice.

Mendenhall said his main concerns for Thursday are TCU’s “speed and athleticism and how they’re coached.”

One factor in BYU’s favor is that TCU has lost its last four Thursday games and is 0-2 this season during a short week.

“In a short week, your preparation, timing, everything you’re doing is magnified,” Mendenhall said. “We’re still looking for a higher level of execution in all areas. … We still have a long way to go.”

• STANDING ROOM ONLY — BYU’s win over Colorado State was attended by the fourth straight sellout crowd at Edwards Stadium and marked the first time since 1999 the Cougars have played in front of four sellout crowds in the same season. BYU is 11-4 in games that are sold out. The Cougars are averaging 64,498 fans per game this year.

• FABULOUS FRESHMAN — Running back Harvey Unga surpassed Ronney Jenkins’ Cougars freshman record of 733 yards rushing when he rushed for 51 yards on 11 carries Saturday, giving him 735 yards rushing this season.

• BALANCED DIET — BYU has scored 32 touchdowns this season — 17 through the air and 15 on the ground. Running back Manase Tonga has a team-high eight rushing TDs, and wide receiver Austin Collie has a team-best five TD catches.

• HALL PASS — BYU sophomore quarterback Max Hall completed 22 of 30 passes (a career-high 73 percent) for 355 yards and three TDs against Colorado State. Hall, 10th in the nation in total offense with 311.4 yards per game, didn’t throw an interception in a game for the first time since the season opener against Arizona.

• SACK ATTACK — Cougars sophomore defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen had a career-high 21/2 sacks against the Rams and leads BYU with 61/2 sacks this season.

• TOP 20 RANKINGS — BYU is one of a handful of teams ranked in the nation’s top 20 in total offense and total defense. The Cougars are 15th in the country in total defense, allowing an average of 307.13 yards per game, and they’re 18th in the nation in total offense, averaging 451.88 yards per game.

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