Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Home Away From Home

When the Frogs arrive in San Diego on Friday, they will not be in unfamiliar territory. In fact, Qualcomm Stadium has been a very hospitable locale for TCU over the years- Gary Patterson's teams are 5-0 in the stadium since 2005. Here's a look back at the games played there:

October 29, 2005: TCU 23, San Diego State 20
-Two Jeff Ballard interceptions and a Cory Rodgers fumble stalled the progress of the Horned Frog offense in the first half and led to the Aztecs leading 13-7 at the break. Robert Merrill, who ran for 170 yards for the game, tied it at 13-13 with a 21-yard touchdown run in the third quarter before Chris Manfredini's extra point attempt was blocked. Rodgers added a 6-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to make it 23-13. SDSU's Kevin O'Connell led the Aztecs on an 8-play, 65-yard scoring drive in just 1:30 to pull within 3 with just over 2:00 remaining, but the Frogs recovered the onside kick and Merrill gained the game-sealing first down on a 4th & 1.

December 19, 2006: TCU 37, Northern Illinois 7
-In one of the least attractive bowl match ups on record, the 10-2 Frogs showed the nation why they deserved better than playing a MAC team in the Poinsettia Bowl. NIU's Garrett Wolfe, who came into the game as the nation's leading rusher, managed just 28 yards on 20 carries and the Huskies totaled -20 yards on the ground for the game. And if it weren't for a 62-yard completion in the 2nd quarter, NIU would've ended the game with less than zero total offensive yards. Lonta Hobbs rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown and Jeff Ballard added three rushing scores as the Frogs jumped out to a 30-0 lead before the Huskies scored their only points of the game on a blocked punt.

November 24, 2007: TCU 45, San Diego State 33
-In a nightmare opening, two TCU fumbles led to two quick SDSU touchdowns and the Aztecs led at the end of the first quarter, 17-0. Touchdown runs by Ryan Christian, Andy Dalton and Joseph Turner brought the Frogs back to take a 21-17 in the second quarter, but O'Connell got the Aztecs back in the endzone just before halftime to take a 24-21 lead into the locker room. It was all Turner in the second half as he scored from 9, 14 and 41 yards out on his way to a 226-yard game and the Frogs' 7th win of the season.

December 23, 2008: TCU 17, Boise State 16
-Playing in the Poinsettia for the second time in three years, the Frogs saw the Broncos jump out to an early 10-0 lead, and had their own offensive progress stunted by a Jeremy Kerley interception and a failed fourth-down conversion. Another interception, this one thrown by Dalton, was nearly returned for six but Ryan Christian made a heroic touchdown-saving tackle and Boise was eventually forced to kick a field goal to lead 13-0. Aaron Brown scored on a 16-yard run with :24 remaining in the half to make it 13-7. A Ross Evans field goal made it 13-10 in the 3rd quarter and then Joseph Turner's 17 yard touchdown run gave the Frogs the lead for good early in the 4th. Boise added a field goal to pull within one, but Stephen Hodge, playing the game of his life, intercepted Kellen Moore with just under 2:00 remaining to all but seal it. With the win, the Frogs began their streak of three consecutive years being ranked in the final Top 10.

November 7, 2009: TCU 55, San Diego State 12
-The Frogs finally bucked their trend of slow starts at Qualcomm in 2009...a pattern that they'll again hope to change this weekend. They jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the 1st quarter and led 31-6 at halftime. Ryan Christian had his first 100-yard receiving day and nine different Horned Frogs carried the ball as TCU rolled to an easy W.


VikingFrog said...

I'm staying positive and cheering on our boys to win the MWC. Go Frogs. VF.

EdK said...

Let us never forget that in the '05 SDSU game and especially the Poinsettia Bowl vs. NIU, the great (and, sadly, emotionally damaged) Tommy Blake was an absolute MONSTER.

He was Jerry Hughes before Jerry Hughes was Jerry Hughes.