Perfect Boise Leave TCU at a Loss
GLENDALE, Ariz. - For the second time in four years, Boise State turned the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl into a springboard for national recognition. And again, the Broncos used deception on the way to victory.
The sixth-ranked Broncos completed a 14-0 season and spoiled No. 3 TCU's perfect year by knocking off the Horned Frogs 17-10 at University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday night. The victory went one better than Boise's signature 43-42 overtime upset of Oklahoma here in January 2007.
Boise State used the hook and lateral, and Statue of Liberty play in the win vs. the Sooners. A 29-yard pass off a fake punt in the fourth quarter against TCU set up Doug Martin's winning 2-yard touchdown run with 7:21 remaining.
Boise State sealed it with 18 seconds left on TCU quarterback Andy Dalton's third interception.
Boise was undefeated last year until falling to TCU 18-17 in the Poinsettia Bowl. This time, the Broncos flipped the outcome by grabbing the upper hand on Brandyn Thompson's 51-yard interception return in the first quarter and then coming through in the final period.
TCU, best among major colleges allowing 233.5 yards a game, also came in with the fourth-best scoring offense, averaging 40.7 points. Boise ranked first at 44.2 points behind an attack led by quarterback Kellen Moore, the FBS leader in passing efficiency rating. But the defenses ruled this showdown.
Kyle Brotzman kicked a 40-yard field goal to give Boise a 10-0 lead in the second quarter before the Horned Frogs closed to 10-7 at the half on Dalton's 30-yard TD pass to Curtis Clay with 49 seconds remaining.
Ross Evans' 29-yard field goal tied the score with 3:42 left in the third quarter and led to Brotzman's pass to Kyle Efaw on a fourth-and-7 situation. That gave the Broncos a first down on TCU's 38-yard line, and Martin scored four plays later.