This is the third bowl game in five years that the two teams have been matched. Boise State captured the 2003 Fort Worth Bowl 34-31 and TCU won the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl 17-16.
Fiesta Bowl President John Junker had this to say about the game:
"Gee, we thought that BSU and TCU played football at the highest levels in the nation."
TCU comes in fifth in the country in rushing, averaging over 256 yards a game. Overall, they are #4 in total offense with 469 yards per game.
On defense, TCU is also one of the best teams in the nation. When you're playing in the National Championship game, that isn't a surprise. They allow just 80 yards rushing per game led by All-Everything Jerry Hughes. There is no better defense anywhere in the land. TCU limits opponents to 233 yards per game.
They simply destroyed everyone in their path this year. BYU and Utah were slaughtered by this landmark team. Clemson and VIrginia of the ACC had no chance on their home fields.
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