Saturday, November 12, 2011
TCU rallies for rare win on the blue turf
With Mountain West supremacy and Boise State's perfect season on the line Saturday afternoon, the TCU Horned Frogs stunned the Broncos, 36-35, in a dramatic come-from-behind win at Bronco Stadium.
The win put TCU in the driver’s seat for a Mountain West Conference title and ended the Broncos' hopes for a berth in the BCS National Championship game.
The victory by the Horned Frogs was also a nearly unprecedented event to happen on the blue turf in Idaho.
Boise State had won 65 straight regular season home games and 47 straight home conference games, both of which were the longest such streaks in the FBS era (since 1978).
The last time the Broncos walked off their home field on the losing end of a conference game was the 1998 season finale against Idaho, when both teams were members of the Big West Conference. And the last time they were losers at home in any regular season game was September 8, 2001 against Washington State.
Down by seven points late in the fourth quarter, TCU forced a Boise State fumble and then drove 73 yards in less than two minutes, culminating in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Casey Pachall to Brandon Carter with 1:05 remaining.
The Horned Frogs went for the lead and the win on the very next play, as Pachall connected with Josh Boyce for the go-ahead two-point conversion. Boise State had a chance to win the game, but Dan Goodale’s 39-yard field goal attempt went wide right as time expired.
This was the second straight year the Boise State’s perfect season was ruined by a missed field goal at the end of the game. Nearly a year ago, Kyle Brotzman missed a 29-yard kick in overtime as Nevada handed the Broncos their first loss of the 2010 season.
The heartbreaking losses for Boise State continue. The Broncos have lost just four games dating back to the 2007 Sheraton Bowl and all four losses have come by three points or fewer, including one in overtime.
Around the CFB Nation
• Montee Ball scored three touchdowns and Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes to lead the Wisconsin Badgers to a 42-13 win over Minnesota. Ball now has 27 total touchdowns this season, a new Big Ten record, and Wilson now has 25 passing touchdowns, a new Wisconsin record.
• The Kansas State Wildcats beat Texas A&M 53-50 in the first-ever four-overtime game in Big 12 history. Collin Klein led the Wildcats with nearly 400 yards of offense and six total touchdowns.
• In the Deep South's oldest rivalry, the Georgia Bulldogs beat Auburn 45-7 to win its eighth straight game after a 0-2 start. Georgia stays atop the SEC East and needs only a win next week vs Kentucky to clinch the division title.
• The Baylor Bears erase a 24-3 deficit against Kansas, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game, before winning it in overtime, 31-30. This comeback matched the largest deficit Baylor has ever overcome to win a game in school history. In 1980, they had a 21-point comeback against SMU.