Bowl Countdown: 2003 Fort Worth Bowl
Dec. 11, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's matchup against Northern Illinois at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 23 will mark the program's 14th-straight bowl appearance. In the lead up to the contest, BroncoSports.com will look back at the Broncos' 13 bowl games since the start of this streak in 2002.

Today's featured contest is a look back at the 2003 Fort Worth Bowl, in which Boise State, ranked 18th in the Associated Press Poll, defeated No. 19 TCU, 34-31.

The Broncos finished 12-1 in the 2003 regular season and captured their second-straight WAC title. That performance earned Boise State a matchup with TCU, which had wrapped up an 11-1 regular-season mark and represented Conference USA. Little did each team know that the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl would be the first of three postseason matchups between the Broncos and Horned Frogs over the next seven seasons.

In the Fort Worth Bowl, played on Dec. 23, Bronco quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie ended his career as the most efficient passer in college football and led Boise State to its first bowl victory away from home.

Dinwiddie went 19-for-35 for 325 yards and three touchdowns, the last an 18-yarder to Derek Schouman for the winning score with 12:43 to play. Dinwiddie finished the season with 4,356 passing yards, and ended his career with 9,809 passing yards, 82 touchdowns and just 20 interceptions.

The win wasn’t secure, however, until sophomore Mike Wynn, who had not attempted a kick for TCU all season, had his 51-yard field goal try fall short with seven seconds left.

Prior to TCU’s failed field goal attempt, the Broncos missed a chance to clinch the game after Gabe Franklin’s diving interception gave the ball back to Boise State with 5:41 left. Boise State went three-and-out, giving the ball back to TCU with 3:27 to play. On TCU’s final drive, the Horned Frogs converted a fourth-and-10 from their own 20 when quarterback Brandon Hassell completed a 28-yard pass. The Frogs then converted on a fourth-and-one, when Lonta Hobbs carried to the 28 with 40 seconds left.

After three incomplete passes and a penalty, Wynn came out for a field goal attempt, but the kick was well short, securing the Bronco win.

The score was tied at halftime with Boise State getting scoring plays from T.J. Acree on a 27-yard pass from Dinwiddie, a 54-yard reception from Dinwiddie to Jeff Carpenter, a 75-yard run by David Mikell and a 23-yard field goal by Tyler Jones.

On the first play of the second half, Bronco linebacker Andy Avalos recovered a TCU fumble which led to a 37-yard field goal by Jones for a 27-24 Boise State lead.

Another TCU fumble early in the fourth quarter led to Boise State’s eventual game-winning score, the 18-yard pass from Dinwiddie to Schouman.

Acree was Boise State’s top receiver in the game with eight catches for 150 yards. Mikell finished the game with 101 rushing yards and Wes Nurse was the top Bronco tackler with 14 (12 solo).


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