ALBUQUERQUE NM - NOVEMBER 27: Back-up quarterback Casey Pachall #4 of the TCU Horned Frogs passes against the University of New Mexico Lobos on November 27 2010 at University Stadium in Albuquerque New Mexico. TCU won 66-17. (Photo by Eric Draper/Getty Images)

TCU Vs. Boise State: Horned Frogs Upset No. 5 Broncos 36-35

The two premier mid-major programs in the country have lost only five games in the last three seasons.

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Casey Pachall Wins National Player Of The Week Award

To add a little icing to TCU’s impressive and thrilling 36-35 road win over Boise State Saturday, their quarterback Casey Pachall has been awarded the Walter Camp National Player of the Week award. Pachall hit 24-of-37 passes for 473 yards and 5 TD. He also led a game winning TD drive in the final minutes and converted the two-point conversion to give TCU their final lead.

The TCU win ended Boise State’s 35-game home winning streak. It was the first regular season home loss by the Broncos in a decade. The win moves the Frogs into the national rankings and into position for a good bowl invitation.

Pachall’s play this season as a sophomore means that TCU has a quality QB in tow as they take the step up to the Big 12 in 2012. He has a 24 TD to 6 INT ratio for the season and has accounted for 2430 yards of offense.

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NCAA Football Rankings: TCU's Big Win Over Boise State Gets Horned Frogs Ranked, No. 18 In Coaches Poll

After a big win over Boise State, the TCU Horned Frogs leap to No. 18 in this week's coaches poll.

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VIDEO: Boise State's Missed Field Goal Gives TCU The Win

The ending of Saturday's game was similar to the Boise St. Broncos loss last year against the Nevada Wolfpack that involved a kicker missing field goals. and resulted in Boise State not getting a chance to go to another BCS bowl game. The only difference is that this Boise State kick was not even close to being made as it sailed wide right. Here is the video of the missed 39-yard field goal by Boise State kicker Dan Goodale which resulted in TCU upsetting the soon-to-be former No. 5 ranked Boise State.

With the TCU win they are now on track to win the Mountain West Conference before they head on their way out and become a member of the Big 12 next season.

For more on the TCU upset win go check out SB Nation's TCU blog, Frogs Of War and to see how Boise State fans are reacting go check out One Nation Under Bronco God.

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VIDEO: TCU's Game Winning Two-Point Conversion

The plan to go for a two-point conversion instead of kicking the extra point to force overtime worked well for the TCU Horned Frogs and here is the video of the game winning play.

 

For more on Boise State, visit One Nation Under Bronco God. For all your TCU info, check out Frogs Of War.

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TCU Vs. Boise State Final Score: Horned Frogs Upset No. 5 Broncos, 36-35

The TCU Horned Frogs came into this game as a 15-point underdog, but TCU was able to pull off the upset against the No. 5 ranked Boise St. Broncos. TCU had been on a roll coming into this game by winning two straight games and used that momentum in Saturday's game. This loss by Boise State was their first conference loss at home since 1998 when Boise State was in the Big West. TCU quarterback Casey Pachall was the player of the game as he out dueled Kellen Moore by passing for 474 yards, had five touchdowns and converted on a pair of two-point conversions. 

TCU needed every bit of Pachall's passing yards as the running game for TCU was non-existent as they had only 33 total yards, with Waymon James leading the way with 26 yards. The receivers for TCU who had big games were Josh Boyce who had 163 yards, three touchdowns and a two-point conversion and it was Brandon Carter who scored the other two touchdowns and had 119 yards.

The TCU defense came up big when they needed to at the end of the game as they stripped third-string and walk-on running back Drew Wright. Wright was in the game for D.J. Harper who left the game with a knee injury, and Harper was in because starter Doug Wright was out with a foot injury that forced him out of last weeks game.

ONce TCU recovered that fumble they went down and scored to get within one point on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Carter. The two-point conversion was a surprise, but TCU was going for the win when they had the chance instead of taking a chance in overtime.

Boise State had one last chance with 1:05 and with the kick off that went out of bounds, Boise State took over at their own 40 yard line. With good field position and only a field goal needed, Boise State had a good shot to get into field goal range. The big play of the drive was on 4th-and-10 and Boise State had to pass and a scrambling Kellen Moore got the pass off but it was incomplete. However, their was a pass interference call against TCU that seemed questionable. That penalty -- to go along with a prior holding penalty against TCU -- gave Boise State the ball at the 35-yard line.

Boise State was able to get to the TCU 22-yard line and attempted a 39-yard field goal, but the attempt by Dan Goodale went wide right as time expired.

For more on Boise State, visit One Nation Under Bronco God. For all your TCU info, check out Frogs Of War.

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TCU Vs. Boise State Score: TCU Scores Two-Point Conversion To Go Up 36-35

Early in the game the TCU Horned Frogs missed an extra point and in nearly came back to bite them in this game, but they went for a two-point conversion to tie the game at 28 apiece. The Boise St. Broncos came back and drove down the field which was thought to be the game winning drive and lead 35-28 with 12 minutes left due to Boise State stopping the TCU offense.

However, Boise State running back D.J. Harper went out with an injury and his replacement Drew Wright fumbled the ball with under three minutes left . TCU then took advantage and drove the ball down the field to score the touchdown on a 25-yard pass to Brandon Carter. TCU then surprised everyone by going for a two-point conversion which would give TCU a one-point lead. TCU made the conversion pass to Josh Boyce to go up 36-35.

For more on Boise State, visit One Nation Under Bronco God. For all your TCU info, check out Frogs Of War.

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TCU Vs. Boise State Score: Boise State Leads 35-28

The TCU Horned Frogs had an infortunate start to the second half when the Boise St. Broncos scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery, but since that score Boise State has outscored TCU 14-8 and 21-8 overall in the second half. Boise State has slowed down the TCU offense in the second half and scored their second touchdown on a long drive that lasted 10 plays for 67 yards with D.J. Harper scoring his second touchdown of the day on a 3-yard run to extend Boise State's lead 28-20.

The TCU offense responded on the following possession and quarterback Casey Pachall nearly had his fourth long distance touchdown pass. Running back Waymon James caught a 35 yard pass but tripped and fell, had James not tripped he had plenty of open space and could have scored a 67-yard touchdown pass. TCU still drove down the field and scored on a 2-yard pass to Josh Boyce. With TCU down 28-26 they decided to go for two and they converted after Pachall scrambled and then dove and just barely crossed the goal line to tie the game at 28 apiece.

Boise State took no time in going back on top as they needed only one play to go back up top 35-28 as Kellen Moore completed a 54-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Burroughs to put Boise State back on top.

For more on Boise State, visit One Nation Under Bronco God. For all your TCU info, check out Frogs Of War.

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TCU Vs. Boise State Score: Broncos Regain Lead On A Defensive Touchdown, Lead 21-20

Coming into this game the Boise St. Broncos offense had only allowed two sacks on the year, but the TCU Horned Frogs have almost reached that amount in only one half of play by sacking Moore twice. The Boise State secondary has been normally a solid group but in today's game TCU has touchdown passes of 75, 74 and 69 yards by Casey Pachall.

Boise State tied the game at 14 on a 17-yard touchdown run by D.J. Harper which included a fake reverse on the score, but TCU responded right away by scoring on a touchdown pass of 69 yards to Josh Boyse. The extra-point was missed to give TCU a 2-14 lead.

TCU received the ball to start the second half, but on the first play from scrimmage Antoine Hicks had the ball stripped by Byron Hout which was then recovered by Tyrone Crawford who returned the ball 31 yards for a touchdown to give Boise State a 21-20 lead.

For more on Boise State, visit One Nation Under Bronco God. For all your TCU info, check out Frogs Of War.

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Analysis: TCU Using Passing Game To Take Halftime Lead

The TCU Horned Frogs knew they had to come to Boise and score points if they wanted a shot at beating the undefeated Broncos. So far, at least through the air, they’ve done their job. They currently lead the Broncos 20-14 at the half. Using four wide receiver sets, the Horned Frogs have torn apart the Boise State secondary, taking advantage of the aggressive Broncos corners. TCU QB Casey Pachall has thrown for 286 yards on only 18 attempts, and for three touchdowns, the shortest of which was 69 yards.

The TCU defense has also put pressure on Boise QB Kellen Moore, sacking the Heisman candidate twice, and forcing him to hurry what should have been easy completions.

For TCU to pull off the upset, they’ll need to continue to be successful through the air, as Boise has been deadset on stopping the run. The Frogs have rushed for only 13 yards on 12 carries. Pachall will need to pick up where he left off, and will also need some timely stops from his defense.

Overall, TCU fans have to happy with the performance from their team so far.

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TCU Vs. Boise State: Horned Frogs Take 14-7 Lead

The TCU Horned Frogs have scored 14 straight points after the Boise St. Broncos scored first. Boise State got on the board first by driving down the field with relative ease and scored on a one-handed touchdown grab by Matt Miller. The touchdown pass by Kellen Moore was his first-ever against TCU. After that score TCU came out and responded by scoring on a 74-yard touchdown pass from Casey Pachall to Josh Boyce.

TCU's second touchdown was set up by Boise State wide receiver Mitch Burroughs fumbled the ball deep in TCU territory and it was recovered by TCU's Greg McCoy. Three plays later TCU scored again on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Pachall to Brandon Carter to take a 14-7 lead.

For more on Boise State, visit One Nation Under Bronco God. For all your TCU info, check out Frogs Of War.

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TCU Vs. Boise State: The End Of The Underdog Rivalry?

The Horned Frogs will most certainly be underdogs in the Vegas sense of the word this Saturday, as they travel to play undefeated Boise State at Boise, but the storyline uniting these unlikely rivals the last decade has been their shared struggled to upend the BCS system of automatic qualifiers. All that's about to change when both teams - TCU to the Big 12, and Boise to a TBD amalgamation of the Big East - become part of the "big boys."

ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan comments on the end of the upstart era for program like TCU and Boise:

One by one, the rebels are joining the establishment. Again, those are wise business decisions, but as long as the BCS is here, these defections will dull college football, if even just a bit. The underdogs will be gone and so, too, will the incessant flashpoints of debate they stirred.

"Boise changed the landscape of college football back in 2005 when they beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "I don't think there's any doubt about that. I know Chris probably doesn't, in his way, he doesn't say anything, but it changed."

The Idaho Statesman's Brian Murphy views today's game as a funeral for what might've been a classic Mountain West rivalry. Despite their shared history in two bowl games and frequent grouping as the "BCS busters," today will mark the first and last time the teams meet as conference rivals.

A career-defining game for the Boise State seniors, who have avenged each of their two career defeats (TCU and Nevada).

Finish 2-1 against TCU and the Broncos likely head to another BCS game. Finish 1-2 and the great careers of the Bronco seniors will likely end in a second straight MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

It has everything a rivalry game could ask for. Except a future.

For more on Boise State, visit One Nation Under Bronco God. For all your TCU info, check out Frogs Of War.

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TCU Vs. Boise State: TV Schedule, Radio Coverage And More

The TCU Horned Frogs are attempting to do something that no team has done against the Boise St. Broncos since 1998, which is to hand Boise State a conference loss at home. Currently Boise State has a 41-game home winning streak on the blue turf. These two teams had a budding rivalry as they have played each other in two great bowl games in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl and the 2010 Fiesta Bowl with the teams splitting the two, Boise winning the Fiesta Bowl. However, TCU is heading to the Big 12 next season, so this is the rubber match. 

TCU is known for the defense under Gary Patterson and while it is not as great as it has been over the past few years when they were the top defense in the nation, the 2011 version respectably the No. 38th ranked defense in the nation. The defense will be tested going up against the Boise State offense that is No. 15 in total offense and averages 43.9 points per game.

Game date, time: Saturday, November 12, 2:30 pm CT

Location: Broncos Stadium, Boise, Idaho

TV: Versus

Radio: 103.3 FM ESPN

Weather: Mix of rain and snow in the morning with a game time temperature expected to be 42 degrees and expected to be sunny.

For more on this game head over to SB Nation's TCU blog Frogs O' War, and for Boise State coverage go check out One Bronco Nation Under God.

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TCU Vs. Boise State Odds: Horned Frogs Heavy Road Underdogs

TCU will have to overcome a hungry Broncos team looking to make a nationally televised statement on their famed blue turf.

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