TCU upsets Boise State in a classic, 36-35; Bronco home winning streak, BCS bid come to an end

BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 12: Casey Pachall #4 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for a receiver against the Boise State Broncos at Bronco Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

The TCU Horned Frogs did what no team has done in over a decade - beat Boise State on its home field. A 39-yard field goal attempt by Dan Goodale went wide right at the end of regulation, and the Horned Frogs - behind a 5-TD performance by Casey Pachall, including two key two-point conversions - pulled the upset.

Misery loves company in the comments. A full game recap will be available in a bit.

Well, that was something.

Just like it did last year, Boise State's perfect record and, in many respects, its season came down to a kick. And same song, second verse, Dan Goodale's 39-yarder went wide. Credit TCU for playing an outstanding game and making the most of its opportunities. If you wanted a blueprint for beating the Broncos, that was it - win the turnover battle, hit the deep ball when it's there, catch some lucky breaks, and hope you score enough to hold on. From an outsider's view, this was one entertaining football game. From a Boise State fan's view, this was heartbreaking. Last year was sad because the best team in school history missed out on a chance at a historic BCS game. This year is a different kind of sad, knowing that Kellen Moore won't go out the way he deserves.

There will be time to discuss the future in much more detail next week (possibly the Vegas, Poinsettia, or Independence Bowls), but for now ... how about that game? There was wall-to-wall drama and big plays and momentum swings, and just when the Broncos looked like they had it won, everything changed.

No doubt, everyone will be talking about two woulda-coulda-shoulda plays late in the fourth quarter.

  • Drew Wright's fumble
  • Dan Goodale's missed field goal

I'll tow the company line and say that no single player loses a game for his team. I might not agree with that right now, but I'll come around. The Broncos played bad enough pass defense and made enough other mistakes that there are plenty of places to point fingers, if that's what you're into.

Really, though, this isn't the type of game that deserves too much finger pointing. TCU is a great team and only a handful of points from being an undefeated, Top Ten squad just like the Broncos. We witnessed a classic college football game, the type that have gone Boise State's way for the past decade. The outcome sucks. The script is cruel. And sometimes that's just part of being a college football fan.

Big plays from the TCU - Boise State game

  • The Drew Wright fumble and the Dan Goodale missed field goal, obviously
  • Tyrone Crawford's 32-yard fumble return for a TD
  • Casey Pachall long TD toss, pick 'em (75 yards, 74 yards, 69 yards)
  • TCU pass interference penalty to keep the Boise State drive alive on fourth down. Real or not?
  • D.J. Harper 17-yard TD run
  • Lee Hightower interception of Casey Pachall
  • TCU recovering its own fumble, pick 'em



Kellen Moore = 28-for-28, 320 yards, 2 TDs
Casey Pachall = 24-for-37, 473 yards, 5 TDs, INT


D.J. Harper = 24 carries, 125 yards, 2 TDs
TCU, team = 26 carries, 33 yards


Matt Miller = 9 catches, 73 yards, TD
Josh Boyce = 5 catches, 163 yards, 3 TDs
Brandon Carter = 4 catches, 120 yards, 2 TDs

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What do you think was the difference in the game? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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