TCU did just enough one more time to remain undefeated and continue the debate about whether it deserves to be part of the BCS.
Brandon Hassell threw for 251 yards and a touchdown, ran for 61 yards and another score, and the 13th-ranked Horned Frogs beat Louisville 31-28 Wednesday night. It was their fifth three-point win this season.
A 44-yard field-goal attempt by Louisville's Nate Smith on the final play bounced off the crossbar. Smith also had missed a 47-yarder with 2:36 left and failed on a 22-yarder in the third quarter.
"The difference in that game was about three inches," TCU coach Gary Patterson said.
"(The kick) looked like it was right on," Hassell said. "My heart was beating fast. When it hit the crossbar, I just felt joy."
TCU (9-0, 6-0 C-USA) and Oklahoma (9-0), the No. 1 team in every poll, are the only undefeated teams left in Division I-A. Both have 11-game winning streaks.
"(The Horned Frogs) shouldn't have anything left to prove to anyone," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "Everybody they play, they beat."
ALABAMA: Third-string quarterback Brandon Avalos, who led the Tide to a 17-3 win over Southern Miss earlier this year, was suspended for the rest of the season for breaking team rules. Coach Mike Shula would not disclose the nature of the rules violation.
TULANE: Running back Mewelde Moore, C-USA's preseason offensive player of the year, has a broken bone in his left hand and is expected to miss the rest of the season. School spokeswoman Donna Turner said that Moore was scheduled to have surgery, likely ending his college career.