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January 6, 2010, 10:55 PM
Some might say that the defensive affair between TCU and Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl was damaging to the future prospects of potential BCS Busters. Sure, two offenses that combined to average 85 points a game in the regular season were doing battle against one another in the desert night. But while people were quick to remember the Horned Frogs??? tenacious defense, many forgot to recall that the Broncos were also a top-fifteen unit. It shouldn???t have come as that big a shock that the final score in Glendale was closer to the average 30 combined points allowed throughout the season by TCU and Boise , yet some seem to think that this shutdown effort by the Broncos was indicative of some weakness on their part.

If the Tide and the Longhorns were to play to a 17-10 final score, we would extol the work of guys like Terrence Cody and Rolando McClain and Javier Arenas, Sergio Kindle and Blake Gideon and Earl Thomas. Yet when two other undefeated teams with equally ferocious defenses allow each other's offenses to just ten points apiece, we ridicule them? The logic confounds...

The reality here is that two really good (and really young... but we???ll get to that later) football teams did battle against one another, putting their undefeated records on the line in what ended up being one of the most exciting games of the bowl season. When people saw Boise State pitted against TCU, most thought it was a cop-out by the BCS in order to protect all its member conferences now that two non-BCS teams were stealing their way into the big time. Yet in the end it ended up being the most exciting game of the bowl season to date... except for the Humanitarian Bowl between Idaho and Bowling Green that offered the opposite offensive end of the spectrum on the fast Smurf Turf of Boise State???s home stadium.

The game started defensively, TCU going three-and-out before forcing the same from Kellen Moore and the Broncos offense. Andy Dalton got the ball back at his own 31 for the Horned Frogs, running for four yards on first down before RB Matthew Tucker took it for nine yards and the first movement of the chains in this game. TCU took a timeout at their own 44, just 3:23 gone from the game clock to this point. After the break, Dalton took the snap and watched as his pass was intercepted by Brandyn Thompson at midfield and returned 51 yards for the first points of the game.

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