TCU upsets No. 5 Boise St 36-35, ruins perfect-season aspirations

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“It really brings a relief because we’ve been fighting hard all year, especially in the fourth quarter,” Pachall said. “Now that we actually pulled one off, it’s a lot of relief. It gives us a lot of motivation and confidence.”

It also gives the Horned Frogs the inside track on the league championship in their final year in the Mountain West. TCU wraps up with home games against Colorado State and UNLV; while Boise State has games remaining against San Diego State, Wyoming and New Mexico.

The TCU victory also gives then 22 straight wins against conference foes and sets a new MWC record of 12 straight conference road wins.

For the Broncos, the loss snaps their 35-game home winning streak, which had been the nation’s longest. But it also forces Boise State to recalibrate their postseason plans again. No longer a contender for the big money, BCS bowls, the Broncos now look to lesser bowls like the Poinsettia Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl.

“We’ll see what these guys are made of,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. “This is real-life football. You don’t win all your games all the time — as much as we’ve done that around here.”

In the first regular-season meeting between Boise State and TCU, Boise State jumped out first when Moore fired a 22-yard TD pass to Matt Miller.

Pachall responded on the next possession, finding Josh Boyce wide open for a 74-yard pass down the left sideline. Boyce caught five passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Pachall found him again in the second quarter for a 69-yard touchdown pass.

TCU kicker Ross Evans missed the extra point attempt, but TCU held a 20-14 lead at the half, the first time Boise State had trailed at the half all season.

Boise State came out strong in the second half, forcing a TCU fumble on the first play. Defensive end Tyrone Crawford picked up the bouncing ball and ran 32 yards for a touchdown. The extra point gave the Broncos a 21-20 lead.

After stopping TCU on their next possession, Moore engineered a 67-yard, 10-pay scoring drive capped by D.J Harper’s 3-yard TD run to put Boise state up 28-20.

TCU pulled closed the gap on their next possession when Pachall tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Boyce. Pachall followed that by scampering around the right end into the end zone to convert on a 2-point play.

”You saw two really good quarterbacks out there,” Patterson said. “I told (Pachall) at the beginning of the week that games like this is how legends are made.”

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