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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.

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The Broncos had dazzles Oklahoma with trick plays in the 2007 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.

  • Stadium:

    University of Phoenix Stadium

  • Attendance:


  • 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)

Quarter Scores

Boise State730717


16First Downs17
240Passing Yards272
95Return Yards153

How They Scored

70Brandyn Thompson 51-yard interception return (Kyle Brotzman kick)
100Kyle Brotzman 40-yard field goal
107Clay Curtis 30-yard pass from Andy Dalton (Ross Evans kick)
1010Evans 29-yard field goal
1710Doug Martin 2-yard run (Brotzman kick)

Individual Statistics

BSUDoug Martin 16-42, Jeremy Avery 12-20, Titus Young 3-16, Kellen Moore 1-(-1).
TCUJoseph Turner 7-22, Matthew Tucker 1-9, Ed Wesley 2-8, Marcus Jackson 1-7, Andy Dalton 9-(-10).
BSUKellen Moore 23-39-0-211, Kyle Brotzman 1-1-0-29.
TCUAndy Dalton 25-44-3-272.
BSUTitus 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.
TCUJeremy 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.