The outcome was close as I expected, but what i did not expect was that Boise's defense was able to play as well as they did; especially by their defensive backs. Andy Dalton did not really help himself out with three picks and that floater at the end of the game on that final drive where TCU started at their own one and was looking good.
This win nulls any AP title talk that TCU might have been received. Boise State impressed me very much, most specifically their defensive backfield that was able to tip multiple passes and the second biggest play was the early pick for a touchdown. However, that fake punt was the biggest play of the game, or perhaps the dropped pass that would have tied the game for TCU.
Also, BSU was able to stop Jerry Hughes from making too many plays he did have that fumble recovery but that was it. TCU also did not run the ball as well as they normally do as the play calling was sketchy as TCU opted to throw down field more instead of using Jeremy Kerley in space on quick slants or bubble screens.
The TCU defense did do a solid job by only allowing 10 points (the other seven came off an interception return) but they did give up chunks of yards. The biggest culprit in the TCU loss was that QB Andy Dalton had his worst game of the year and was making bad throws all evening.
More to come tomorrow in detail about this game.