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.