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Boise State-TCU notes and more

11/10/2011

Here are some final notes before the big showdown between TCU and No. 5 Boise State on Saturday. These are courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information.

  • Boise State opponents' average drive starts at its own 22-yard line. That is the furthest average drive start in the country.

  • TCU has allowed 32 completions of 20-plus yards this season (tied for No. 88 in FBS). That includes 15 long completions to Baylor and SMU in its two losses. Kellen Moore has 147 completions of 20-plus yards in the past three years, the most of any player during that span.

  • Doug Martin has gained 444 of his 756 of his yards after contact, a whopping 58.7 percent.

  • Moore is completing 79.7 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and no interceptions after a play-action fake this season. He has a 72.5 percent completion percentage, 38 touchdowns and three interceptions after play-action the past three years.

And a few more from TCU sports information:

  • TCU is 3-1 in its past four games against top-five teams. Last season, the Horned Frogs won 47-7 at No. 5 Utah and 21-19 against No. 5 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. TCU lost 35-10 at No. 2 Oklahoma in 2008 while defeating the No. 5 Sooners 17-10 in Norman in 2005.

  • This is the only contest in the country this weekend with both starting quarterbacks ranked in the top 10 nationally in passing efficiency. Moore is fourth (179.5); TCU's Casey Pachall is eighth (160.3).

And be sure to check out the podcast I did with Mountain West correspondent Mick McGrane, as we previewed the game. Fast forward to the 8:30 mark.