BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 12: Brandon Carter #3 and the TCU Horned Frogs celebrates a touchdown against the Boise State Broncos at Bronco Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

2011 Poinsettia Bowl, TCU Vs. Louisiana Tech: Frogs Enter Big 12 With Bowl Win

TCU took down a conference champ in its bowl game, though perhaps not the conference champ the Frogs had hoped to face. Next up: the Big 12.

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TCU Vs. Louisiana Tech Final Score, Poinsettia Bowl 2011: Frogs Finish On Top

The 2011 Poinsettia Bowl, an exercise in penalties and other misfortune for much of the evening, turned into a darn shootout there at the end. The TCU Horned Frogs emerged with the 31-24 victory, their second straight bowl win in the state of California.

Five touchdowns in 15 minutes set up the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs with a seven-point deficit as four minutes remained. They stalled, and it was on TCU to burn out some clock. A loping Casey Pachall first down juuust about put it away with under two minutes to go.

La Tech won the first half, though the scoreboard didn't show it, but wasn't able to make enough of its advantage. A bricked field goal and a first-and-goal that turned into a non-bricked field goal made for seven points missing, which would've altered the second half quite a bit. Two Bulldogs turnovers negated any gains they might've gained from TCU's many mistakes, and the more talented team emerged with the win.

Skye Dawson is your box score hero, posting 85 yards and a touchdown for the Horned Frogs. Quarterbacks Pachall and Colby Cameron combined to throw 36-of-72 for 470, an odd arrangement of numbers indeed.

It's the 109th win in Gary Patterson's TCU career, tying him for the all-time school lead. 

For more on the Poinsettia Bowl, visit TCU blog Frogs O' War. For more college football, visit SB Nation's college football blogs and college football news hub.


TCU's Justin Fuente Will Be Memphis Football Coach, Gary Patterson Confirms

TCU Horned Frogs co-offensive coordinator Justin Fuente will be the next head coach of the Memphis TigersTCU coach Gary Patterson confirmed to the Star-Telegram Wednesday night. TCU's offense ranked No. 12 in 2010 and No. 28 this year.

Fuente's last reported opportunity for advancement was the LSU Tigers offensive coordinator search last season.


"He will do well and work hard to make Memphis a better place," Patterson said.

Fuente played quarterback at Oklahoma and Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year, y'all) before coaching on the offensive side at Illinois State and then TCU. He has 11 years of coaching experience, but this is his first head gig. And what a challenge it is: Memphis has won five games in the past three years.

Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain reportedly accepted the Memphis job before changing his mind. It became available shortly after the season, when Larry Porter was relieved of duties.

For more TCU, visit TCU blog Frogs O' War. For more college football, stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.


Poinsettia Bowl 2011: TCU Gets Louisiana Tech

The TCU Horned Frogs will slip from a potential BCS bid all the way to the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl, and Louisiana Tech will be their foe in San Diego. Just in case you weren't aware that the Poinsettia Bowl was played in San Diego, the sponsor is the San Diego County Credit Union. Now that's targeting your demo.

Samantha Steele@Samantha_Steele Looks like I will have #TCU in the poinsettia bowl in San Diego.. Calling game w/Joe Tess, Mark May & Lou Holtz dec 21    

Joe Tessitore, Lou Holtz and Mark May will announce the game on ESPN on Wednesday, December 21 at 8:00 p.m. The game's tie-in's rotate with this year's game featuring the No. 2 team from the Mountain West against a WAC opponent.

Navy has played in the most Poinsettia Bowls with three while TCU and Utah have played twice. Last year's game, which saw San Diego State beat Navy, was the highest attended Poinsettia Bowl game with 48,049 in attendance.

Game date, time: 8:00 pm ET, Wednesday, December 21

Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA

TV channel: ESPN

2010 winner and loser: San Diego State 35 - Navy 14

For more on each bowl game as it’s announced, stay tuned to SB Nation’s 2011 college football bowl game bids coverage. And visit our many college football blogs.

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