Dallas Colleges: 2010 Fiesta Bowl
The award is based on the "success and sportsmanship of their team on the field, achievements by their student-athletes in the classroom and their selfless support of charity and their communities," according to the TCU release.
Liberty Mutual will donate $50,000 to the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, which Patterson chose, and $20,000 to the TCU Alumni Association.
Patterson was selected from 10 finalists based on voting from the College Football Hall of Fame, media and fans.
The Frogs' defense is trying to make a stop to give the offense one more chance. TCU is still behind 17-10.
Kerley returns the punt 39 yards to the Boise State 31-yard line. TCU's Antoine Hicks just dropped the tying touchdown. It's still 17-10 Boise State under five minutes left.
There's just 7:21 left in the game and clearly Boise State has the momentum.
It was a 10-play, 78-yard drive for the Broncos.
It's still tied at 10 here at the Fiesta Bowl. Not a lot of offense, but both defenses sure have come to play.
This sets up for a tight and interesting finish.
* TCU came out with the stop and kept the momentum, but Boise State's defense has really contained TCU's offense well.
* TCU must protect Andy Dalton better in the fourth quarter. The last drive of the third quarter saw Dalton getting all kinds of pressure.
* Statistics are really even in this game. Boise has 218 total yards. TCU has 203. Both teams have 11 first downs through three quarters.
* The next big play or break could really decide this game.
Dalton threw a pass that was called an interception on the field, but the review showed it hit the ground. It would have given Boise State the ball at the TCU 45-yard line. Instead, the Broncos start at their own 27-yard line.
We are near the end of the third quarter.
Sophomore Ross Evans kicked a 29-yard field goal to tie it. The drive was eight plays and 45 yards and took 3:39.
Andy Dalton took charge and made some plays. He was 4-for-4 for 43 passing yards. Jeremy Kerley also made some folks miss on a big pass play.
That gives TCU the ball on its own 43-yard line. They are reviewing the play, but assuming it stays a fumble (I think it should), it will be TCU's best field position of the night.
Can TCU take advantage?
*TCU trailed at the half for just the second time this season. The Horned Frogs were also down 10-7 at the break to Clemson before rallying for a 14-10 victory.
*Anson Kelton's first-half 62- and 65-yard punts are the second and third-longest of his career, surpassed only by a 72-yard kick earlier this season at Air Force.
*Bart Johnson had a first-quarter reception to extend his team-best streak to 22 consecutive games with at least one catch.
*Ryan Christian's five receptions for 40 yards tie a season-high set against Utah. It's one short of a career-high six catches he had in last year's Poinsettia Bowl versus Boise State and a 2007 contest at Air Force.
*The Jan. 4 date for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl marks the latest in a season that TCU has played. The Horned Frogs had previously played three times (1939 Sugar Bowl, 1948 Delta Bowl, 1956 Cotton Bowl) on Jan. 2.
*TCU is playing its fifth consecutive bowl game in a stadium that's also hosted a Super Bowl. The Horned Frogs played in the 2005 Houston Bowl and 2007 Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium as well as the 2006 and 2008 Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
TCU called a timeout before Boise State's punt, maybe thinking the Broncos were going to fake it.
* TCU managed to get the momentum going into the half. The best thing that happened to TCU was that it got the ball back with just over two minutes and had to play fast. It seemed to get the Frogs into a rhythm. Andy Dalton had a nice 30-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Clay to cut the deficit to three.
* Last year in the Poinsettia Bowl, TCU was behind 13-0 and scored with 58 seconds left in the half. It ended up winning the game.
* Boise State's offense has been good. TCU did make a big stop late in the second quarter. The key series may be the first one of the third quarter. Boise State gets the football, and TCU needs to hold the Broncos to keep the momentum.
* Did the long layoff effect both teams? I think it bothered TCU. It just didn't look in sync.
* TCU must cut down on the penalties. It had six of them for 55 yards, mainly on offense.
* I still think TCU can run the ball and should try to do so more in the second half. I bet the Frogs will.
Amazingly, this game has gone almost just like last year's Poinsettia Bowl. TCU was down 13-0 and scored with 24 seconds left to make it 13-7. They ended up winning, 17-16.
Maybe a two-minute drill is what the offense needs to get going.
The Frogs have just 75 total yards of offense. Dalton isn't in a rhythm yet and Boise State now has the ball back at their own 4-yard line (after a 65-yard punt by Anson Kelton).
TCU's defense has had trouble with the Broncos' offense as well. So far, things going Boise State's way. The 10-point deficit is the largest for TCU all season.
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