TCU's offense kept rolling and the defense responded with an inspired effort as the Horned Frogs defeated Air Force 35-19 on Saturday afternoon.
Horned Frogs quarterback Casey Pachall completed his first 11 passes and finished with 206 yards and two touchdowns on 20 of 25 passing.
TCU bounced back from a season-opening, 50-48 loss to Baylor.
The 25th-ranked Frogs (1-1, 1-0 in Mountain West) led 21-0 early in the second quarter after Pachall hit Luke Shivers for a 3-yard touchdown pass and Matthew Tucker rushed for two scores.
The Falcons (1-1, 0-1) got on the board after Pachall fumbled on a scramble in the waning moments of the first half. Air Force connected on a 37-yard field goal at the end of the first half to make it 21-3 at the half.
After the TCU offense fizzled and was forced to punt on its opening possession of the third quarter, Kris Gardner forced a fumble on the punt return and Greg Burks recovered, giving the Frogs the ball at the Air Force 48. TCU scored eight plays later on Pachall's 21-yard strike to true freshman David Porter to give the Frogs a 28-3 lead.
The Falcons used several trick plays to keep their ensuing drive alive, including a fake punt run by David Baska to pick up 34 yards. On the next play Jonathan Warzeka hit Zack Kauth on a double-pass for a 32-yard touchdown. The 2-point pass play failed, leaving the Falcons trailing 28-9.
TCU responded with an 80-yard, 10-play drive behind the rushing of Tucker, Waymon James and Pachall. James punched it in from 4 yards to give the Frogs a 35-9 lead.
Tucker finished with 95 yards on 16 carries. James had 55 yards on 13 carries.
Air Force scored a touchdown with 4 seconds left for the final margin.