TCU-Boise State Postgame Notes
Dec. 23, 2008
*TCU (11-2) has reached 11 wins for the third time in four seasons and fourth time in six years.
*TCU's seniors posted a 41-10 record over the last four seasons. It's the most victories in a four-year period in school history, breaking a tie with the 1932-35 stretch. With freshmen not eligible in the 1930s, this year's seniors leave as the winningest class in school history.
*Boise State represented TCU's fourth undefeated top-10 opponent of the season. The Frogs went 2-2 in those games.
*TCU is now 5-3 in bowl games under head coach Gary Patterson and 7-3 overall in bowl games with him on staff. Patterson was TCU's defensive coordinator from 1998-00.
*The Frogs improved to 52-1 under Patterson when allowing 17 points or less.
*With regular-season victories in 2005 and 2007 over San Diego State along with Poinsettia Bowl wins in 2006 and 2008, TCU has posted a victory in four consecutive years at Qualcomm Stadium.
*TCU's 275 yards rushing represented its third-best total of the season.
*The Poinsettia Bowl marked the first time this season that TCU failed to score on either its first or second possession of the game.
*Other than the Oklahoma game, TCU faced its largest deficit (13-0) in a game this season.
*For just the second time in 2008, a TCU opponent scored on its opening two possessions. The other was Oklahoma.
*A 30-yard field goal by Boise State's Kyle Brotzman marked only the third time this season that an opponent scored first on TCU.
*Sophomore quarterback Andy Dalton was the Offensive MVP. He completed 22-of-35 passes for 197 yards while adding 74 yards rushing on 16 carries. Dalton was also the MVP in last year's 20-13 Texas Bowl victory over Houston.
*Consensus All-America defensive end Jerry Hughes, the nation's sack leader with 15, had a key sack with just over four minutes to play on a third-and-eight at the TCU 12. It forced a Boise State field goal that allowed TCU to maintain a 17-16 lead.
*Tonight represented Gary Patterson's 100th game as TCU's head coach. He is now 73-27, leaving him one win shy of tying Abe Martin (74, 1953-66) for second place on the Frogs' career victory list.
*Joseph Turner's 17-yard fourth-quarter scoring run was his team-high 11th rushing touchdown of the season.
*Aaron Brown rushed for team-high 102 yards on 14 carries. It was his second 100-yard game in the last three contests and the seventh 100-yard effort of his career. TCU is 6-1 in those contests.
*With 102 yards on the ground, Brown finished his career with 2,596 yards rushing to rank 10th on the Frogs' career list.
*Jimmy Young had five receptions for 62 yards. He closed the season just 12 yards shy of becoming only the second 1,000-yard receiver in TCU history. Young totaled 59 receptions for 988 yards. It's the second-best receiving yard total at TCU, behind only Reggie Harrell's 1,012 in 2003.
*Ryan Christian tied a career-high with six catches for 53 yards.
*Ross Evans' 32-yard third-quarter field goal made him 16-of-20 on the season.