2010 Fiesta Bowl

Boise State 17, TCU 10

2010 fiesta bowl
January 4, 2010

Attendance: 73,227

Offensive Player of the Game: Kyle Efaw, Boise State

Defensive Player of the Game: Brandyn Thompson, Boise State

Sportsmanship Award: Cory Grant, TCU

Head Coaches: Chris Petersen, Boise State; - Gary Patterson, TCU

Weather: 65 degrees indoors, clear outside (roof closed)

Television: FOX

Total Team Payout: $23,800,000 (divided among the five non-automatic qualifying conferences Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt and Western Athletic Conference)

Boise State reached into its bag of tricks and pulled out another dramatic victory in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl.

The Broncos used a nervy fake punt in their own territory to stun Texas Christian 17-10 in a duel of unbeatens and the first BCS match-up of non-automatic qualifiers.

The Broncos had dazzles Oklahoma with trick plays in the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Against TCU, they waited until the game hung in the balance to spring a surprise.

With the score tied 10-10 in the fourth quarter, Boise State faced fourth-and-9 at its own 33-yard line. Coach Chris Petersen sent in a play called "Riddler." Punter Kyle Brotzman hit wide-open Kyle Efaw with a 30-yard strike, and that led to Doug Martin's 2-yard run for the decisive touchdown.

Until then, the much-anticipated showdown had been a defensive struggle. Boise State jumped ahead 7-0 in the first quarter when Brandyn Thompson picked off an Andy Dalton pass and raced 51 yards for a score.

After Brotzman nailed a 40-yard field goal to put the Broncos up 10-0, Dalton atoned for his mistake with a 30-yard scoring strike to Curtis Clay late in the second quarter. The Horned Frogs tied it at 10-10 on Ross Evans' 29-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

Down 17-10, TCU took over at its own 1-yard line with 1:06 to go. The Horned Frogs marched to the Boise State 30 before Thompson deflected a pass by Dalton, and Winston Venable intercepted with 18 seconds left to seal the Broncos' victory.

Dalton was intercepted three times, but he also threw for 272 yards and became the Horned Frogs' all-time passing leader with 7,396 career yards.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Boise State
7
3
0
7
17
TCU
0
7
3
0
10

Yardstick

BSU
TCU
16
First Downs
17
32-77
Rushes-Yards
20-36
240
Passing Yards
272
24-40-0
Passes
25-44-3
95
Return Yards
153
8-355
Punts
8-387
1-1
Fumbles-Lost
2-0
7-70
Penalties-Yards
7-53

How They Scored

BSU
TCU
7
0
Brandyn Thompson 51-yard interception return (Kyle Brotzman kick)
10
0
Kyle Brotzman 40-yard field goal
10
7
Clay Curtis 30-yard pass from Andy Dalton (Ross Evans kick)
10
10
Evans 29-yard field goal
17
10
Doug Martin 2-yard run (Brotzman kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
BSU
Doug Martin 16-42, Jeremy Avery 12-20, Titus Young 3-16, Kellen Moore 1-(-1).
TCU
Joseph Turner 7-22, Matthew Tucker 1-9, Ed Wesley 2-8, Marcus Jackson 1-7, Andy Dalton 9-(-10).
Passing
BSU
Kellen Moore 23-39-0-211, Kyle Brotzman 1-1-0-29.
TCU
Andy Dalton 25-44-3-272.
Receiving
BSU
Titus Young 8-72, Kyle Efaw 4-75, Kirby Moore 4-28, Chris Potter 2-21, Mitch Burroughs 2-9, Tommy Gallarda 1-16, Jeremy Avery 1-13, Austin Pettis 1-5, Doug Martin 1-1.
TCU
Jeremy Kerley 6-65, Ryan Christian 5-40, Jimmy Young 4-68, Antoine Hicks 4-45, Bart Johnson 3-12, Curtis Clay 2-39, Matthew Tucker 1-3.