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QUICK HITS: TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35

Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:28 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 8:27 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

TCU WON. The Horned Frogs walked into Boise unintimidated, and walked out in the driver's seat to another Mountain West Conference title after converting a two-point attempt to knock off the undefeated Broncos 36-35 on the Smurf Turf.

HOW TCU WON: Sophomore quarterback Casey Pachall took advantage of Boise State's secondary to deliver big play after big play for the Horned Frogs, always having an answer to Kellen Moore's well orchestrated drives. Pachall finished the afternoon completing 24 of 37 passes for 473 yards and five touchdowns, but none were as important as the rollout pass to Josh Boyce on the two-point conversion with 1:05 remaining. TCU head coach Gary Patterson told his offensive staff to have the 2-point try play called in advance, after Boise State backup running back Drew Wright turned the ball over with 2:26 remaining in regulation. Shaky field goal kicking would not cost TCU this opportunity to steal a signature win on Boise's home field.

WHEN TCU WON: Shaky field goal kicking did cost Boise the victory, and shattered their BCS title dreams. Dan Goodale's kick from 37 yards out was pushed wide right, and for the second year in a row Boise State's BCS campaign is halted over a last-minute missed field goal.

WHAT TCU WON: A signature win for a young team with a bright future. With the move to the Big 12 on the horizon, Casey Pachall and the rest of this youthful team made a statement to their future league partners with the upset of Boise State. Pachall will be a force to be reckoned with in the Big 12, and this win will help the Horned Frogs as they continue to improve over the final weeks of the season. TCU has gotten much better since conference play began, and now controls their own destiny for another Mountain West Conference title.

WHAT BOISE STATE LOST: After 65 consecutive regular season home wins, the Broncos' first loss will be memorable for all the wrong reasons. The season has been a record-setting one for Kellen Moore, who recently became college football's winningest quarterback. But Moore's goal of competing for a national championship will fall short with the Broncos' loss.

THAT WAS CRAZY: Boise State can't seem to shake kicking issues. While double-digit leads have kept them safe from crunch time kicks, Saturday's miss by Goodale was eerily similar to the loss against Nevada last season. TCU, with kicking issues of their own, emerged victorious for the decision NOT to kick.

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Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 1:55 pm

QUICK HITS: TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35

It was nothing more than a great game. Period. TCU players executed when asked to. TCU coaches made the right calls and exposed inexperienced DB's. Repeatedly! Boise coaches didn't make the adjustments until the second half.
If you watched the game, and the interviews afterwards, no excuses were made by the Boise players or staff. They know they missed opportunities, and just got beat. Gotta love the call by Patterson to go for 2. Gutsy, but obviously the right call, because it worked.
Boise fans have no right to make excuses for their team. Appreciate them and support them, as it appears the majority do.
Most Boise haters will continue to hate on the Broncos, and relish in this loss, while never acknowledging that TCU is a quality team. 

Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:47 am

QUICK HITS: TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35

Lmao ... This was a high school field goal. Teams that don't work on the kicking game usually have it come back to bite them. TCU has been guilty of it before. Plain and simple, Boise looked at the schedule, saw that Baylor and SMU had upset a young TCU team which isn't nearly as good defensively as it has been in previous years, and came into the game over-confident.

Welcome to a regular season where you have BCS-quality competition, Boise.

Don't get me wrong -- I like the hell out of BSU and its blue swagger. But, part of emerging as one of the "big boys" in college football is the reality that it's sometimes fun for others when you get punked, especially by an underdog.

Still, the games between these two teams over the last five years or so have been a great series.

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:03 am

QUICK HITS: TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35

The only reason TCU torched the Broncos secondary was because the Broncos top 3 cornerbacks were injured ... two of which didn't play in this game.  between that, the third string rb fumbling and the missed fg ... those were the only reasons TCU didn't get blown out.

Idiot fans like you are part of the reason so many people hate Boise State. They've done some very good things on the field and deserve more credit than they get but you and the rest of the program just won't shut up. TCU has done nothing more than BSU over the last decade but get more love because they don't often act like a bunch of loud-mouthed jerks who feel like they are entitled.

Injuries are a part of the game football. So are turnovers. And so are missed field goals. As components of the game of football when you don't account and adjust for your injuries, you put the ball on the ground, or you miss field goals those factors are likely to influence the outcome of the game. When you meet an opponent you can't just roll over, coaching errors and mental and physical inconsistencies usually tip the scales to determine a winner. These components are all a part of the game. Your coaches and athletes could not compete when TCU found and exposed a weakness. Your players made mental and physical mistakes. That is part of the game of football. A few deficiencies are not the difference between losing a close one at home and a "blowout." You need to learn the game a bit, son. In addition to sounding like a 12 year old with your complaining, you have demonstrated you know little about football.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:46 am

QUICK HITS: TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35

Ok.  Now, first off, it was an incedibly exciting game!  Second, there is no way BSU should have lost this game - everything in the world to play for, you got out of having to play in Texas (thanks for punishing us MWC), and our defense has hoovered all year long.  That said, let us not forget that for two blown plays TCU is actually undefeated and Ft. Worth is having a purple orgasm that is rocking the entire Mexican border of the US.  Furthermore, you get a unbelievable bad call on fourth down (early Merry Christmas) and instead of opening the gift, you take it back to KMart and get a couple of dollars and a seat at the back of the bus:  thank you God for caring about this game and not letting the homers win it on a blown call by a ref who we've never heard of or who could call a High School game in Texas.  Enjoy the rest of your seasons BSU...oh, and "Keep the change, you filthy animal!"

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 7:24 am

QUICK HITS: TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35

The Georgia team that Boise State beat in the 1st gave of the season looks NOTHING like then!! And that's all you got to talk about now??  Really??  Or I guess you'll go with the excuses of having players hurt like another comment.  "Cowboy up" as they say out your way.  Other teams play tough schdules, have players hurt, suspended, etc. and still WIN, like LSU for example.  Boise State was a "phony" team that played a good team and lost.  FINALLY, we don't have to hear anymore about them getting the shaft in not having a chance to play in the National BCS Championship game. 

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 5:54 am

QUICK HITS: TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35


Every time.  

The whole world knows this.

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 2:30 am

QUICK HITS: TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35

Excuses, Excuses.  If Boise was truly a top team who deserves to be in the NCG they would have worked through the injuries, and beaten an unranked TCU at home.  So, please spare us with the sob story about how you would have won if it wasn't for the injuries.  You lost, that's it, no excuses.

Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 2:24 am

Think again ...

The only reason TCU torched the Broncos secondary was because the Broncos top 3 cornerbacks were injured ... two of which didn't play in this game.  between that, the third string rb fumbling and the missed fg ... those were the only reasons TCU didn't get blown out.

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:01 am

QUICK HITS: TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35

They have no defense.  Specifically no secondary.  That sucks.  I was definitely pulling for them.  Nothing better than an underdog that everybody doubts.  Remember they still beat Georgia by 2 tds.  The same Georgia team that just beat Auburn 45-7.  It's not like they aren't talented.  Almost everybody has a letdown, heck, Oklahoma has one every year pretty much.  If they focus some recruiting time on the defensive side of the ball, they'll be a force.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:52 pm

QUICK HITS: TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35

I live in Boise and have never been happier. The over the top fans here with their feeling of "somebody owes us" have made it impossible to root for the Broncos. They are a good team, but they are NOT Elite. Now the wall to wall coverage of BSU 24 hrs a day will finally be put to bed.

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