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.