Greg McCoy returned the second half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and TCU turned a Louisiana-Monroe fumble on the next possession intoanother score to pull away as the Horned Frogs won their home opener 38-17 in front of 32,719 fans at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Josh Boyce had a career high 134 yards on seven receptions, including a 68-yard touchdown catch from Casey Pachall in the first quarter, but the Warhawks (1-2) trailed only 21-17 at the half. ULM gained 243 yards in the first half, but were held to only 30 yards in the third quarter. The Warhawks gained 191 yards in the first quarter, including 129 passing yards from quarterback Kolton Browning. But the TCU defense tightened up in the second, holding ULM scoreless and holding the Warhawks to 314 yards.
After McCoy's touchdown, Stansly Maponga forced a fumble and D.J. Yendrey recovered, giving the Frogs' the ball at the ULM 28-yard line.
Matthew Tucker made it 35-17 with a one-yard scoring run. Tucker had two touchdowns and 66 yards rushing. Waymon James led the Frogs with89 yards on 11 carries.
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Ross Evans, who missed a 19-yard field goal earlier in the second half, connected late in the fourth quarter from 28 yards to make it 38-17.
The win marked Patterson's 100th career victory as a head coach.