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Pachall carried TCU through the game, earning MVP by throwing for 473 yards on 24 completions and five touchdowns. Boyce and Carter were Pachall’s main targets. A total of 183 receiving yards was collected all together between the two, while Boyce got three of the touchdowns, and Carter got the remaining two.
Boise quarterback Kellen Moore had a great game as well. He threw two touchdowns and a total of 320 yards on 28 catches. Matt Miller and Dallas Burroughs were his valuable receivers with one touchdown catch apiece and a total of 127 yards receiving collected all together. Running back D.J. Harper helped move the ball on the ground, running a total of 125 yards in 24 attempts for two touchdowns.
Boise State was the first team to get on the scoreboard, with Moore throwing a 22-yard pass to Miller four minutes into the first quarter. TCU responded three minutes later with a 74-yard pass from Pachall to Carter, tying the game up at seven points apiece. TCU struck again early in the second quarter with another 75-yard pass from Pachall, this time to Brandon Carter.
Boise State tied the game up almost halfway through the second quarter with Harper rushing 17 yards for the touchdown. TCU ended the first half with another big pass from Pachall, this time throwing 69 yards to Boyce to get the go-ahead touchdown. The Broncos took the lead away from TCU in the third quarter. Tyrone Crawford recovered a TCU fumble and ran for a 32-yard touchdown.
Harper ran for a 3-yard touchdown later on in the quarter. TCU did not show any signs of giving up by getting another touchdown with two minutes left in the quarter. Another pass from Pachall to Boyce ended with a two-point conversion. Going into the final quarter with a one-point lead, Kellen Moore was able to strengthen their lead with a 54-yard pass to Burroughs that ended with a touchdown.
However, Pachall threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Carter with 1:05 left, then got the two-point conversion with a pass to Boyce to get the lead. Boise State’s kicker, Dan Goodale, could have won the game with a 39-yard field goal, but his attempt went wide to the right as the time expired with TCU winning 36-35.
TCU (8-2) travels back home to face Colorado State on Saturday, while Boise State (8-1) travels to face the San Diego State Aztecs.
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