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.