Bowl Countdown: 2010 Fiesta Bowl
Dec. 17, 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 BroncoSports.com looks back at Boise State's second Fiesta Bowl title, which the Broncos claimed with a 17-10 win over TCU in a rematch of the previous year's Poinsettia Bowl.

The Broncos entered the contest ranked sixth in the AP Poll while the Horned Frogs were at No. 4. AS with the previous year, this contest was a defensive battle. This time, however, Boise State would have the final say, as Doug Martin's two-yard touchdown run put the Broncos ahead 17-10 with 7:21 to play, and Winston Venable's interception extinguished TCU's final threat.

Recap below from the AP

Boise State reached into its bag of tricks again and stunned TCU in a Fiesta Bowl duel of unbeaten BCS busters.

After the Broncos pulled off a gutsy fake punt at their own 33-yard line, Doug Martin scored the decisive touchdown to give No. 6 Boise State a 17-10 victory over third-ranked TCU.

A 10-10 stalemate came alive when punter Kyle Brotzman hit wide-open Kyle Efaw with a 30-yard strike with about nine minutes to play. Four plays later, Martin dove over a tackler from two yards out as the Broncos became the second school to go 14-0, joining Ohio State in 2002. (Alabama would also go 14-0 when it won the national championship later in the week.)

The trickery evoked memories of Boise State’s BCS debut three years ago, when it pulled out a passel of gadget plays to defeat Oklahoma on the same field.

The Broncos caught the Horned Frogs napping on the fake punt. Kellen Moore then completed three straight passes to advance to the two, and Martin scored to put Boise State up 17-10 with 7:21 to go.

TCU took over at its own one with 1:06 remaining and marched to the Boise State 30 before cornerback Brandyn Thompson disrupted a pass by Andy Dalton, and Winston Venable picked it off to end the threat.

Moore passed for 211 yards. Dalton finished with 272 yards and a score through the air, but was intercepted three times.

Thompson set up the winning drive with its second interception of the game. He returned his first pick 51 yards for the game’s first score.

This was TCU’s first BCS game, and the Horned Frogs seemed a little jittery, with six first-half penalties and some early struggles by Dalton, who also fumbled a snap to go along with his three interceptions.

Neither team could muster an offensive touchdown until the final minute of the first half, when Dalton hit Curtis Clay for a 30-yard score to make it 10-7 at halftime.

The Horned Frogs capitalized on Boise State’s first turnover to pull even midway through the third. The Broncos had moved into Horned Frogs territory when All-American defensive end Jerry Hughes stripped Martin and recovered the ball at TCU’s 43-yard line.

Eight plays later, Ross Evans kicked a 29-yard field goal to tie it at 10.

The Broncos struck first on the return by Thompson, who cut in front of Antoine Hicks, picked off the pass and raced untouched into the end.


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