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Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 8:43 pm | Updated: 12:39 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

 Two undefeated teams from non-BCS conferences face off in a BCS bowl game for the first time in history. TCU has one of the best offenses, as well as one of the best defenses, in the nation. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore has already broken the school record for passing touchdowns with 39 this year, and the Broncos are looking for a sequel to the memorable overtime victory over Oklahoma here in 2007.

No. 6 Boise St. vs. No. 4 Texas Christian

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium

TV: Fox

Series: Teams tied 1-1

Last meeting: TCU beat Boise State 17-16 in last year’s Poinsettia Bowl

Payout: $18.3 million each

A look at the teams

Boise State Broncos (13-0, 8-0 WAC)

9/3    Oregon        W    19-8

9/12    Miami (Ohio)    W    48-0

9/18    @ Fresno State    W    51-34

9/26    @ Bowling Green    W    49-14

10/3    UC Davis    W    34-16    

10/14    @ Tulsa    W    28-21

10/24    @ Hawaii    W    54-9

10/31 San Jose State    W    45-7

11/6    @ Louisiana Tech    W    45-35

11/14    Idaho    W    63-25

11/20    @ Utah State    W    52-21

11/27    Nevada    W    44-33

12/5    New Mexico State    W    42-7

Fiesta Bowl History

The Broncos have been to the Fiesta Bowl just once, but it was a doozy. On Jan. 1, 2007, Boise State was involved in one of the most exciting college football games ever, defeating No. 7 Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime to finish the year undefeated.

The Broncos led by 18 points in the third quarter but needed a 50-yard hook-and-lateral touchdown play in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime. Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson scored in extra time to give the Sooners a seven-point lead, but Boise State answered with a touchdown and then won the game on a Statue of Liberty handoff to Ian Johnson, who ran in the two-point conversion.

Statistical Leaders

Passing: Kellen Moore – 254-for-392 for 3,325 yards, 39 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: Jeremy Avery – 197 carries for 1,131 yards, 6 TD

Receiving: Titus Young – 71 receptions for 969 yards, 10 TD

Broncos at a glance

Boise State finished the regular season undefeated and won the WAC championship for the second straight year. The offense is led by sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore, who has thrown for a school-record 39 touchdowns this season against just three interceptions. Jeron Johnson leads the defense with 88 tackles and four interceptions. Kyle Wilson has three interceptions, two of which he has returned for touchdowns. The Broncos score more than 44 points per game, tops in the nation, and give up fewer than 18. Boise State’s closest game was a 28-21 victory at Tulsa on Oct. 14. Wide receiver Austin Pettis will be a game-time decision with a lower leg fracture.

Texas Christian Horned Frogs (12-0, 8-0 Mountain West)

9/12    @ Virginia    W    30-14

9/19    Texas State    W    56-21

9/26    @ Clemson    W    14-10

10/3    SMU    W    39-14

10/10    at Air Force    W    20-17

10/17    Colorado State    W    44-6

10/24    at BYU    W    38-7

10/31    UNLV    W    41-0

11/7    at San Diego State    W    55-12

11/14    Utah    W    55-28

11/21    at Wyoming    W    45-10

11/28    New Mexico    W    51-10

Fiesta Bowl History

TCU has never played in a Fiesta Bowl.

Statistical Leaders

Passing: Andy Dalton – 174-of-279 for 2,484 yards, 22 TD and 5 INT

Rushing: Joseph Turner – 140 carries for 746 yards and 11 TD

Receiving: Jeremy Kerley – 38 catches for 467 yards, 2 TD

Horned Frogs at a glance

Texas Christian is shooting for its first 13-0 season in program history. The Horned Frogs are third in the nation in points scored per game at 40.7. The defense is the sixth-stingiest unit in the country, allowing just 12.4 points per game. TCU gives up just 153 passing yards per game, but Boise State is a prolific passing team, so something will have to give. TCU is 3-0 against teams currently ranked in the Top 25, knocking off Clemson, BYU and Utah this season. The Horned Frogs have their highest national ranking (No. 4) since they were No. 4 in 1956. The ranking is the highest ever for a team from a conference without an automatic bid.

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