Scores

Final

TCU 36

(8-2, 5-0 Big 12)

(5) Boise State 35

(8-1, 3-1 MW)

Coverage: NBC Sports Network

3:30 PM ET, November 12, 2011

Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID

1 2 3 4 T
TCU 7 13 8 836
#5BSU 7 7 14 735

Top Performers

Passing: C. Pachall (TCU) - 473 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Harper (BSU) - 24 CAR, 125 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Boyce (TCU) - 5 REC, 163 YDS, 3 TD

TCU mars Boise State's perfect record after Broncos miss late field goal

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State's quest for perfection and BCS glory were dashed again by a missed field goal.

The fifth-ranked Broncos had a chance win a last-second thriller against TCU on Saturday, but freshman kicker Dan Goodale's 39-yard kick sailed wide right as time expired to give Horned Frogs a 36-35 victory.

TCU now has a clear path to the Mountain West Conference crown.

For the Broncos, losing this way may seem all too familiar. Last year, Boise State's unbeaten season and BCS hopes were spoiled when senior Kyle Brotzman missed from short range in regulation and overtime, enabling Nevada to walk away with a 34-31 overtime win.

Kellen Moore, who drove the Broncos into scoring range in the final 55 seconds, deflected any postgame parallels to the last season's misery in Nevada, arguing instead that losses in big games rarely come down to one player or a single player.

"We missed opportunities. I don't think it's just one play, it's a variety of plays," said Moore, who threw for 320 yards, two touchdowns but lost for the first time at home in his career. "It's a loss so it feels similar, but there's not great feelings."

The Broncos (8-1, 3-1) clearly had their chances to avoid any field goal dramatics in a back-and-forth battle between two perennial BCS busting teams.

Leading 35-28, Boise State got the ball at their own 32 with 5:37 remaining. Moore then engineered a methodical drive and got the Broncos in scoring position when a fumble by backup running back Drew Wright was recovered by TCU (8-2, 5-0) with 2:26 remaining.

Then Casey Pachall took over -- and that was bad news for Boise State.

The sophomore was 24 of 37 for a career-best 473 yards and five touchdown passes, including scores of 75, 74 and 69 yards in the first half.

Pachall calmly marched the Horned Frogs before firing a 25-yard TD pass to Brandon Carter, who leaped over a defender to make the grab in the end zone and pull TCU within 36-35 with 1:05 remaining.

TCU coach Gary Patterson made a gutsy call, opting to put the game in Pachall's hands and go for the lead instead of the tie. It worked. Pachall tossed a short pass to Josh Boyce, who fought his way into the end zone, putting TCU up 36-35 and quieting a raucous Bronco Stadium crowd.

Patterson said the decision to go for two points was easy considering the circumstances.

"We're not going to win this if this keeps going," Patterson said. "So, the only way we're going to be able to do it is to steal it. We were able to get the play and get the points and we were fortunate that they missed a field goal. It's just as simple as that."

The Horned Frogs rolled up 506 total yards, carving up a Boise State secondary riddled with injuries and forced to use backups at the corners.

"It really brings a relief because we've been fighting hard all year, especially in the fourth quarter," Pachall said. "Now that we actually pulled one off, it's a lot of relief. It gives us a lot of motivation and confidence."

It also gives the Horned Frogs the inside track on the league championship in their final year in the Mountain West. TCU wraps up with home games against Colorado State and UNLV; while Boise State has games remaining against San Diego State, Wyoming and New Mexico.

The TCU victory also gives then 22 straight wins against conference foes and sets a new MWC record of 12 straight conference road wins.

For the Broncos, the loss snaps their 35-game home winning streak, which had been the nation's longest. But it also forces Boise State to recalibrate their postseason plans again. No longer a contender for the big money, BCS bowls, the Broncos now look to lesser bowls like the Poinsettia Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl.

"We'll see what these guys are made of," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "This is real-life football. You don't win all your games all the time -- as much as we've done that around here."

In the first regular-season meeting between Boise State and TCU, Boise State jumped out first when Moore fired a 22-yard TD pass to Matt Miller.

Pachall responded on the next possession, finding Boyce wide open for a 74-yard pass down the left sideline. Boyce caught five passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Pachall found him again in the second quarter for a 69-yard touchdown pass.

TCU kicker Ross Evans missed the extra point attempt, but TCU held a 20-14 lead at the half, the first time Boise State had trailed at the half all season.

Boise State came out strong in the second half, forcing a TCU fumble on the first play. Defensive end Tyrone Crawford picked up the bouncing ball and ran 32 yards for a touchdown. The extra point gave the Broncos a 21-20 lead.

After stopping TCU on their next possession, Moore engineered a 67-yard, 10-pay scoring drive capped by D.J Harper's 3-yard TD run to put Boise state up 28-20.

TCU pulled closed the gap on their next possession when Pachall tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Boyce. Pachall followed that by scampering around the right end into the end zone to convert on a 2-point play.

"You saw two really good quarterbacks out there," Patterson said. "I told (Pachall) at the beginning of the week that games like this is how legends are made."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TCU
BSU
1st Downs2226
Total Yards506446
Passing473320
Rushing33126
Penalties11-1146-67
3rd Down Conversions6-105-13
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers22
Possession26:2233:38

Passing Leaders

TCUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pachall24/3747312.851
Boise StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Moore28/383208.420

Rushing Leaders

TCUCARYDSAVGTDLG
James6264.3011
Wesley9242.709
Boise StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harper241255.2232
Wright3206.708

Receiving Leaders

TCURECYDSAVGTDLG
Boyce516332.6374
Carter412030.0275
Boise StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller9738.1122
Shoemaker56913.8024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTCUBSU
TD11:27Matt Miller 22 Yd Pass From Kellen Moore (Dan Goodale Kick) 07
TD08:34Josh Boyce 74 Yd Pass From Casey Pachall (Ross Evans Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERTCUBSU
TD13:17Brandon Carter 75 Yd Pass From Casey Pachall (Ross Evans Kick) 147
TD08:13D.J. Harper 17 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 1414
TD06:34Josh Boyce 69 Yd Pass From Casey Pachall (Pat Failed) 2014
THIRD QUARTERTCUBSU
TD14:43Tyrone Crawford 32 Yd Fumble Return (Dan Goodale Kick) 2021
TD07:03D.J. Harper 3 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 2028
TD02:02Josh Boyce 2 Yd Pass From Casey Pachall (Casey Pachall Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2828
FOURTH QUARTERTCUBSU
TD14:47Dallas Burroughs 54 Yd Pass From Kellen Moore (Dan Goodale Kick) 2835
TD01:05Brandon Carter 25 Yd Pass From Casey Pachall (Casey Pachall Pass To Josh Boyce For Two-Point Conversion) 3635

Research Notes

Casey Pachall's 5 pass TD ties a school record, done three times previously: Jeff Ballard vs. San Diego State in 2006 Matt Vogler vs. Houston in 1990 Steve Stamp vs. Texas-Arlington in 1981
TCU's Casey Pachall is thriving on 3rd down this season, throwing for 13 touchdowns and just 1 interception. In Saturday's win against Boise State, Pachall completed 6 of 9 passes on 3rd down for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
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Dating back to the 2007 Sheraton Bowl, Boise State's past four losses have come by three points or less.
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The loss for Boise State snapped its 35 game home win streak, which was the longest active streak in the FBS... However that wasn't the only streak snapped for the Broncos. They hadn't lost at home in the regular season since 2001 against Washington State, and hadn't lost a conference home game since 1998 against Idaho, when Boise State was in the Big West. Both of those streaks -- 65 regular season home games and 47 conference home games -- were the longest streaks in the FBS Era (since 1978).
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Mountain West Tie-ins Las Vegas Bowl is 1st: $1.1M Poinsettia is 2nd: $500,000 Independence is 3rd: $1.15M New Mexico is 4th: $750K BCS game worth $17M
Kellen Moore has recorded at least 2 TD passes in 22 consecutive games. That is the longest active streak in the FBS, and ties Colt Brennan (2005-2007) for the longest streak since the start of the 2004 season.
This is the first time Boise State has allowed 20 points in the first half since they lost to East Carolina in the Hawaii Bowl on December 23, 2007. ECU led 31-14 at halftime en route to a 41-38 victory. Today breaks a streak of 48 straight games without allowing 20 points in the first half.

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