Dec. 22, 2011
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Louisiana Tech vs. TCU
Dec. 21, 2011
Final: TCU 31, Louisiana Tech 24
*TCU (11-2) reached the 11-win mark for the seventh time in the last nine years. TCU has now won 38 of its last 41 games and is 50-5 over its last 55 contests.
*TCU improved to 7-4 in bowl games under head coach Gary Patterson and 9-4 with him on the Horned Frog coaching staff. Prior to his arrival in 1998 as defensive coordinator, TCU had four bowl wins in its history.
*TCU brought its all-time bowl game winning percentage to .500 with the victory. The Horned Frogs are now 13-13-1 in their bowl history.
*The Horned Frogs now have six wins in their last seven appearances in bowl games. Included in that stretch are three trips to the Poinsettia Bowl, in which TCU is 3-0.
*Seven of TCU's last eight bowl games have been decided by seven points or less. The Horned Frogs are 5-2 in those contests.
*TCU had its longest drive of the season in terms of plays (18) and time of possession (9:21) on its 72-yard fourth-quarter scoring series that culminated in Luke Shivers' 1-yard scoring run to tie the game at 24-24 with 7:49 to play.
*TCU improved to 7-0 over the last seven seasons at Qualcomm Stadium, including a 2-0 mark this season. The Horned Frogs defeated San Diego State, 27-14, on Oct. 8.
*TCU's 19 seniors extended their record win total for a class to 47 victories over the last four seasons. It's the fourth straight the Horned Frogs' seniors graduate as the winningest class in TCU history. The seniors won three straight games against top-five ranked teams, were 3-1 in bowl games, 6-2 against teams from BCS automatic-qualifying conferences, 23-1 at Amon G. Carter Stadium, 30-1 in Mountain West games and 47-5 overall.
*TCU's 31 points tied for the second-most in a bowl game in its history. The Horned Frogs also scored 31 against Boise State in the 2003 Fort Worth Bowl.
*The 22 first downs are the fourth-best mark all-time for TCU in a bowl.
*TCU rushed for 190 yards to improve to 60-1 in its last 61 contests when rushing for at least 167 yards.
*TCU played its final game representing the Mountain West. The Horned Frogs begin play next season in the Big 12.
*Gary Patterson tied Dutch Meyer as TCU's all-time winningest coach with his 109th victory. Patterson's ledger now stands at 109-30 (.784), fourth-best among active coaches nationally. Meyer was 109-79-13 from 1934-52, including national championships in 1935 and 1938.
*Wide receiver Skye Dawson and cornerback Greg McCoy were selected as the Poinsettia Bowl Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Players.
*Dawson had four receptions for 85 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown catch from Casey Pachall for the game's go-ahead points with 4:26 remaining. McCoy's second-quarter interception set up an Ed Wesley 7-yard scoring run to tie the game at 10 late in the second quarter.
*McCoy tied linebackers Tank Carder and Kris Gardner for the team lead with two interceptions this season. McCoy led all active Horned Frogs with seven career picks.
*Casey Pachall, who completed 15-of-29 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown, broke Andy Dalton's single-season TCU records for completions (228), completion percentage (66.5) and yards (2,921). Dalton had 222 completions in 2007 and a 66.1 completion percentage with 2,857 yards passing last season.
*Pachall broke Dalton's single-season record for completions with an 11-yard strike to David Porter on the final play of the third quarter. He tied the mark with a 10-yard completion to Luke Shivers on a 4th-and-1.
*A 12-yard fourth-quarter completion to Dawson enabled Pachall to break Dalton's single-season mark for yards passing.
*Josh Boyce had a team-best five receptions for 66 yards, giving him 998 receiving yards on the season. He missed by two yards of becoming just the second TCUplayer to reach 1,000 yards in a campaign. His 998 yards rank second on TCU's all-time season list, trailing only Reggie Harrell (1,012, 2003).
*Wesley's 7-yard scoring run was his sixth of the season and 21st of his career, moving him into a tie for seventh all-time at TCU with Andre Davis (1992-95).
*Wesley led TCU with 77 yards rushing on 16 carries.
*Tucker's 1-yard third-quarter scoring run was his team-high 12th rushing touchdown on the season and 27th of his career, ranking sixth all-time at TCU.
*Tucker's team-high 12 rushing touchdowns this season tie Lonta Hobbs (2002) and Richard Oliver (1932) for the fifth-best season mark in TCU history.
*Luke Shivers' 1-yard scoring run gave him 10 rushing touchdowns in his career. He also scored on a 1-yard carry in last year's Rose Bowl.
*Ross Evans' 25-yard second-quarter field goal was the 56th of his career, one shy of tying the career Mountain West record of 57 (Louie Sakoda, Utah, 2005-08). Evans' 56 field goals are third all-time at TCU, one behind Michael Reeder (57, 1994-97) for second. Nick Browne is TCU's career leader with 65 (2001-03).
*Anson Kelton's 67-yard first-quarter punt was the second-longest of his career, trailing only a 72-yard effort at Air Force in 2009.
*Kenny Cain, Tekerrein Cuba and Ross Forrest tied for the TCU team lead with five tackles. Forrest equaled a career-high set earlier this season against BYU.
*Johnny Fobbs forced his third fumble of the season, second on the team to Stansly Maponga (five).
*D.J. Yendrey had his second fumble recovery of the year, tying Maponga for the team lead.
*David Johnson recorded his third sack of the season.