TCU Edges Louisiana Tech in Poinsettia Bowl, 31-24

The Horned Frogs finished with 11 wins for the fourth-straight season under Gary Patterson with a close win over Louisiana Tech Wednesday night.

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2011 Poinsettia Bowl Final Score: TCU Runs Over La. Tech 31-24

TCU's high powered offense looked disinterested for most of the start of the Poinsettia Bowl but bounced back to win 31-24 after not scoring a touchdown until under two minutes remaining the first half.

Casey Pachall was 15 of 29 passing for 206 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and the combination of running backs Ed Wesley (73 yards, one touchdown) and Waymon James (55 yards) helped the Horned Frogs find 390 yards of total offense, most of it coming after halftime.

Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron threw for 264 yards, one pick and two touchdowns, including a 61-yarder, but the Bulldogs were unable to tie the game late in the fourth after both teams had traded the lead in three separate 14-point swings. The Bulldogs punted the ball away with 3:33 remaining in the fourth down by seven, and never saw possession again. 

The game caps an 11-win season for the Horned Frogs, the fourth consecutive season of at least 11 wins for the program. Under Gary Patterson the Frogs 109-30 since 2000, and will move to the BCS affiliated Big 12 next season.

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2011 Poinsettia Bowl: Casey Pachall Puts TCU Back In The Lead 31-24

Since Louisiana Tech led 10-3 in the second quarter, both the Bulldogs and TCU have traded 14 points runs, with the Horned Frogs taking a 2-1 advantage for 28 points and the lead late in the fourth quarter.

Casey Pachall hit Skye Dawson in stride for a 42-yard touchdown, a response to Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron hitting a 61-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. The drive - and TCU's second half resurgence - edged the Horned Frogs over La. Tech in total yardage for the first time in the game (378-360). The Frogs ground game has owned the second half, totaling 172 yards

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2011 Poinsettia Bowl: TCU's Longest Drive Of The Year Ties The Game At 24

The 2011 Poinsettia Bowl is tied for the fourth time. TCU answered a Louisiana Tech 14-point run with their longest drive of the entire season, a grinding 18-play, 72-yard effort that ended with a Luke Shivers one-yard dive and took 9:21 off the clock to tie the game with under eight minutes remaining in regulation.

After losing the time of possession battle by over five minutes in the first half, TCU has roared back in the second half thanks in large part to a run-based offense set up by the Frogs' diamond formation. Now TCU has an eight minute advantage in clock control, and Louisiana Tech will take the field on offense for the first time in the fourth quarter.

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2011 Poinsettia Bowl: Colby Cameron Hits A 61-Yard Touchdown Pass, La. Tech Leads 24-17

Colby Cameron is on his way to a career night for Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs have regained the lead over TCU with a 61-yard touchdown pass from Cameron to Myles Wright, who got behind theTCU defense on long bomb on 3rd and 10 from the La. Tech 39-yard-line.

Louisiana Tech has now responded to TCU's 14-point run with their own pair of touchdowns, and have shredded the Horned Frogs on defense - especially in the secondary. Cameron is 21 of 40 for 264 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Bulldogs have rolled up 358 total yards on the Horned Frogs.

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2011 Poinsettia Bowl: Special Teams Turnover Helps Louisiana Tech Tie Game At 17

Louisiana Tech lost all of its momentum - and their 10-3 lead over TCU - in the Poinsettia Bowl before a Horned Frogs miscue gave the Bulldogs new life in the third quarter. After 14 unanswered points by the Horned Frogs, Louisiana Tech punted away after an 11-yard drive stalled, but TCU's Brandon Carter would muff the return and La. Tech would recover at the Horned Frog 12-yard-line.

Three plays later Hunter Lee would power his way to a touchdown on a two-yard run. The Bulldogs have 297 yards of total offense with a quarter and a half remaining. 

All three turnovers in the game - a fumble and interception by La. Tech and a fumble by TCU - have resulted in scoring drives for a total of 17 points.

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2011 Poinsettia Bowl: TCU Offense Wakes Up, Leads La. Tech 17-10

TCU took the ball with 1:21 remaining in the second quarter on a La. Tech interception and hasn't looked back, scoring 14 points in two drives, their second touchdown coming on a breezy Matthew Tucker touchdown run after a 55-yard drive that took 5:06 off the clock to open the second half and help the Horned Frogs set a new tone in an otherwise defensively minded ballgame.

The biggest difference for TCU has been effective running - on their drive to their third quarter touchdown (TCU's first scoring drive that didn't start with a Bulldog turnover), the Horned Frogs' diamond formation yielded runs of 19, seven and six yards after a lackluster ground game in the first half.

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2011 Poinsettia Bowl Halftime Score: TCU Ties The Game 10-All

TCU has been sluggish on offense, but their defense has allowed for a slow build with two turnovers against Louisiana Tech. Up 10-3 with under three minutes remaning in the half, Louisiana Tech gave the ball back to the Horned Frogs when Bulldogs quarterback Colby Cameron was picked off by Greg McCoy. TCU drive a short 25-yard field for their first touchdown of the game, from running back Ed Wesley, to tie the game at 10.

TCU has managed only 144 yards total in the first half against the vaunted La. Tech defense and are 0-for-5 on third downs. Both scoring drives for the Horned Frogs have come from Bulldog turnovers in their own territory.

Louisiana Tech, however, is clicking on offense - the Bulldogs have 16 first downs (compared to TCU's seven), won time of possession in the first half by over five minutes and have thrown for 177 yards. Tech's only weak spot thus far has been turning the ball over.

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2011 Poinsettia Bowl: La. Tech Finds The End Zone First, Leads 10-3

An incredible tiptoe catch by Quinton Patton needed an officials review, but Louisiana Tech earned the first touchdown of the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl to take a 10-3 lead over TCU early in the second quarter. 

The Bulldogs recovered from a fumble on its previous drive that allowed TCU to tie the game with a 59-yard drive aided by quarterback Colby Cameron's 14 yard scramble and a 26-yard pass to wideout Taulib Ikharo. Patton's two-yard grab against the very edge of the end zone went to the booth, but the replay official confirmed he got a single foot in bounds.

The Horned Frogs have done little on offense thus far - TCU's Johnny Fobbs forced a fumble from Tech's Hunter Lee on the Frogs' 35-yard-line to kill a 63-yard drive and set up a TCU field goal on the next drive, tying the game at 3.

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TCU Vs. Louisiana Tech, 2011 Poinsettia Bowl: Bulldogs Strike First, Lead 3-0

Those nice boys at Louisiana Tech might have been lauded for their acts of charity off the field but overshadowed by the alleged sleight the BCS showed TCU. The Bulldogs of Ruston have held the Horned Frogs scoreless halfway through the first quarter.

La. Tech created a lead with a Matt Nelson field goal from 23 yards out to cap a 67-yard, 12 play drive after both teams traded quick, scoreless drives early. So far the TCU ground game has yet to take hold, The Horned Frogs only have two first downs, one by virtue of a Bulldog offsides penalty, and have now punted on both of their drives.

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TCU Vs. Louisiana Tech, 2011 Poinsettia Bowl: Horned Frogs Suspend Wide Receiver Antoine Hicks

Texas Christian are comfortable 11 point favorites in tonight's Poinsettia Bowl, but they'll be without their third leading receiver in Antoine Hicks, a senior who has played in all 12 games this season for the Horned Frogs. 

TCU head coach Gary Patterson told reporters on tuesday that Hicks's suspension was not academically related, and that Hicks was still on track to graduate in the spring. Hicks has 347 yards this season on 33 receptions. Freshman David Porter will replace Hicks in the lineup.

The Horned Frogs currently boast the nation's ninth-ranked scoring offense (41.67 points a game).

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TCU Vs. Louisiana Tech, 2011 Poinsettia Bowl: Time, Location, History And More

The 2011 Mountain West champion TCU Horned Frogs are making their third trip to the Poinsettia Bowl in six years, and it will be their last time since TCU is moving to the Big 12 next year. The prior two opponents that TCU has faced were the Boise St. Broncos in 2008 where TCU won 17-16 and before that it was against the Northern Illinois Huskies in 2006 where TCU was also victorious 37-7.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs won the WAC with an 8-4 record and are in their first bowl game since beating Northern Illinois 17-10 in the 2008 Independence Bowl. Louisiana Tech is riding a seven game winning streak after starting the season 1-4 to be able to win the WAC.

Game date, time: 8:00 pm ET, Wednesday, Dec. 21

Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

TV channel: ESPN

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2010 winner and loser: San Diego State 35 - Navy 14

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TCU Vs. Louisiana Tech, 2011 Poinsettia Bowl: Bulldogs Will Attempt To Stop The TCU Passing Game

The 2011-2012 BCS bowl season is already underway. Wednesday will bring with it the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl, as the TCU Horned Frogs will take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

The Horned Frogs will enter the game as big favorites thanks to a combination of stingy defense and an offense that ranked ninth in the nation over the course of the 2011 season.

Bryan Fischer of CBS Sports took a look at the key matchup for the game, which will come down to how effective the pass defense will be for Louisiana Tech. Horned Frogs quarterback Casey Pachall ranked seventh in pass efficiency, so if he's able to consistently locate targets, TCU won't have much trouble moving the ball down the field.

One of the Bulldogs' standout players is their punter Ryan Allen, who was the country's best punter over the past year. If Louisiana Tech is able to contain the passing game of TCU, Allen could very well be able to keep the Frogs continually out of range.

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Poinsettia Bowl 2011: TCU A Double Digit Favorite Over Louisiana Tech

The Horned Frogs will try to finish with 11 wins for the fourth-straight season under Gary Patterson.

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