Boise State pulls out a trick and a Fiesta Bowl win, defeating Texas Christian, 17-10, to close perfect season

By Andrew Bagnato
Associated Press
Tuesday, January 5, 2010

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Boise State pulled "Riddler" out of its bag of tricks.

Presto: the Broncos stunned Texas Christian in a Fiesta Bowl duel of unbeaten BCS busters.

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

For the second time in four years, the Broncos (14-0) won the Fiesta Bowl with a YouTube-worthy play.

"I think that's what they expect us out of us, so we're happy to deliver," said Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

Last time, the victim was Oklahoma. This time it was TCU (12-1), which fizzled in its BCS debut.

A 10-10 stalemate came alive with a play straight out of Boise State's goofy playbook.

It's called "Riddler," and TCU couldn't solve it.

Petersen called it on fourth-and-9 at the Broncos' 33. Punter Kyle Brotzman hit wide-open Kyle Efaw with a 30-yard strike on fourth-and-9.

TCU coach Gary Patterson said the Horned Frogs had worked on the fake in practice, but they were caught flat-footed.

"The fake punt was a great call," Patterson said. "They outcoached us on that play." Brotzman said he was certain the play would work as he surveyed the Horned Frogs' return formation.

"For us to run a fake like that is gutsy," said Brotzman, who also hit a 40-yard field goal. "That's Boise State football."

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