2007 Texas Bowl History & More
TCU RB Aaron Brown
TCU RB Aaron Brown
Posted Dec 20, 2007

Texas Bowl Profiles, History, Best Bowl Moments & More

TCU (7-5) vs. Houston (8-4)

Dec. 28, 8:00 p.m. ET, NFL Network

Texas Bowl History
2006 Rutgers 37, Kansas State 10
2005 TCU 27, Iowa State 24
2004 Colorado 33, UTEP 28
2003 Texas Tech 38, Navy 14
2002 Oklahoma St 33, So Miss 23
2001 Texas A&M 28, TCU 9
2000 ECarolina 40, Texas Tech 27

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Horned Frog Bowl Moment: Generations before the current Frogs were even out of diapers, TCU was winning Southwest and national titles in the 1930s with All-Americans, such as Sammy Baugh and Davey O’Brien.  O’Brien’s 1938 TCU team capped off a perfect season with a 15-7 Sugar Bowl victory over then- No. 5 Carnegie Tech.

Best Cougar Bowl Moment: The last second upset of Nebraska in the 1980 Cotton Bowl warrants real strong consideration; however, it’s the 30-21 win over unbeaten Maryland in the 1977 Cotton Bowl that has a special place in the hearts of Cougar fans.  The school’s first trip to a New Year’s Day bowl game was the finishing touch on an unforgettable season that saw Houston stun the Southwest Conference by winning the league in its debut as a member. 

TCU's best win ... TCU 37 ... New Mexico 0
TCU's defense was stunning, keeping New Mexico to 28 rushing yards, 119 yards of total offense, and allowed just two of 16 third down conversions, while the offense had few problems, getting two Andy Dalton touchdown passes and three Chris Manfredini field goals. Rafael Priest picked up a fumble for a 13-yard score, and Marcus Jackson connected with Marcus Brock for a seven-yard score. TCU held on to the ball for 36:52.
Player of the game: TCU RB Joseph Turner ran 28 times for 115 yards.
Stat Leaders: New Mexico - Passing: Donovan Porterie, 7-23, 76 yds
Rushing: Rodney Ferguson, 13-28. Receiving: Marcus Smith, 4-39
TCU - Passing: Andy Dalton, 11-18, 149 yds, 2 TD
Joseph Turner 28-115. Receiving: Ervin Dickerson, 3-50, 1 TD

TCU's worst loss ... Wyoming 24 ... TCU 21
TCU had a chance to complete a late comeback and send it into overtime, but Chris Manfredini's 48-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright, and the Cowboys escaped. Wyoming got Hoost Marsh touchdown catches from 65 and eight yards out, and Wynel Seldon ran for a two-yard score on the way to a 24-6 lead, and then held on. TCU got Andy Dalton touchdown passes to Ervin Dickerson and Bart Johnson late in the fourth quarter to pull within three, and then the defense forced a three-and-out leading to the final drive, ending with the missed field goal.
Player of the game: Wyoming WR Hoost Marsh caught four passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: TCU - Passing: Andy Dalton, 20-31,184 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: Aaron Brown, 14-50. Receiving: Donald Massey, 4-38
Wyoming - Passing: Karsten Sween, 12-26, 134 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Devin Moore, 23-135. Receiving: Hoost Marsh, 4-87, 2 TDs

Houston's best win ...
Houston 34 ... UTEP 31
Houston cranked up 520 yards of total offense, but needed a one-yard Terance Ganaway touchdown run to finally pull ahead in the fourth quarter and two defensive stops to finally get the win. UTEP took a 17-7 first half lead on a nine-yard Jamar Hunt touchdown catch and a 34-yard Joe West scoring grab, but the Cougars bounced back with two T.J. Lawrence field goals and a 20-yard Case Keenum touchdown run. Keenum gave Houston the lead in the fourth quarter on a five-yard pass to Perry McDaniel, but UTEP would fight back with Trevor Vittatoe's third touchdown pass of the game on a 35-yard throw to Jeff Moturi. That would be it for the Miner offense. UTEP started off the scoring with a 57-yard Jose Martinez field goal.
Player of the game: Houston RB Anthony Alridge ran 27 times for 204 yards, and caught six passes for 43 yards
Stat Leaders: Houston - Passing: Case Keenum, 13-20, 116 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Anthony Alridge, 27-204. Receiving: Anthony Alridge, 6-43
UTEP - Passing: Trevor Vittatoe, 8-23, 134 yds, 3 TD
Marcus Thomas, 28-178. Receiving: Jeff Moturi, 4-94, 2 TD

Houston's worst loss ...
East Carolina 37 ... Houston 35
Down two, Houston had two late chances to win, but T.J. Lawrence missed a 37-yard field goal with just under two minutes to play, and missed from 38 with three seconds left. ECU got a huge day from Chris Johnson, who ran for a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter and a 43-yard dash in the third. Houston stayed in it with the home run, starting off the scoring with a 33-yard Donnie Avery touchdown catch, his first of two touchdown grabs, and answering a late ECU field goal with a 100-yard Donnie Avery kickoff return for a score. ECU's C.J. Wilson came up with 2.5 sacks, and Quentin Cotton made 14 tackles and recovered a fumble.
Player of the game: East Carolina RB Chris Johnson ran 24 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns, and caught four passes for 24 yards
Stat Leaders: East Carolina - Passing: Rob Kass, 6-12, 110 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Chris Johnson, 24-147, 2 TD. Receiving: Chris Johnson, 4-24
Houston - Passing: Blake Joseph, 24-29, 250 yds, 2 TD
Anthony Alridge, 21-89, 1 TD. Receiving: Donnie Avery, 9-189, 2 TD

2006 Texas Bowl
Rutgers 37 ... Kansas State 10

Rutgers held Kansas State to 162 yards of total offense, six first downs and allowed just one of ten third down conversions for the first bowl win in the program's history. The Scarlet Knight offense got two early scores from an unlikely source as little used receiver Tim Brown caught touchdown passes from 14 and 49 yards out for a 14-0 first half lead. Kansas State appeared to get the momentum with a 44-yard Jeff Snodgrass field goal and a 76-yard Yamon Figurs punt return for a touchdown, but the Rutgers defense didn't allow anything in the second half with Quintero Frierson picking off a Josh Freeman pass for a score in the first 33 seconds. Jeremy Ito hit three field goals and Ray Rice ripped off a 46-yard touchdown run.
Player of the game ... Rutgers RB Ray Rice ran 24 times for 170 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Kansas State - Passing: Josh Freeman, 10-21, 129 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: James Johnson, 6-20. Receiving: Jordy Nelson, 4-81
Rutgers - Passing: Mike Teel, 18-28, 268 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Ray Rice, 24-170, 1 TD. Receiving: Clark Harris, 7-122

TCU Bowl History (9-13-1)
2006 Poinsettia TCU 37, No Illinois 7
2005 Houston TCU 27, Iowa State 24
2003 Fort Worth Boise St 34, TCU 31
2002 Liberty TCU 17, Colorado St 3
2001 Galleryfurniture Texas A&M 28, TCU 9
2000 Mobile Alabama So Miss 28, TCU 21
1999 Mobile Alabama TCU 28, East Carolina 14
1998 Sun TCU 28, USC 19
1994 Independence Virginia 20, TCU 10
1984 Bluebonnet West Virginia 31, TCU 14
1965 Sun UTEP 13, TCU 12
1959 Bluebonnet Clemson 23, TCU 7
1958 Cotton TCU 0, Air Force 0
1956 Cotton TCU 28, Syracuse 27
1955 Cotton Mississippi 14, TCU 13
1951 Cotton Kentucky 20, TCU 7
1947 Delta Mississippi 13, TCU 9
1944 Cotton Oklahoma State 34, TCU 0
1941 Orange Georgia 40, TCU 26
1938 Sugar TCU 15, Carnegie Mellon 7
1936 Cotton TCU 16, Marquette 6
1935 Sugar TCU 3, LSU 2
1920 Fort Worth Classic Centre 63, TCU 7
Houston Bowl History (8-9)
2006 Liberty S Carolina 44, Houston 36
2005 Fort Worth Kansas 42, Houston 13
2003 Hawaii Hawaii 54, Houston 48 (3OT)
1996 Liberty Syracuse 30, Houston 17
1988 Aloha Washington State 24, Houston 22
1985 Cotton Boston College 45, Houston 28
1981 Sun Oklahoma 40, Houston 14
1980 Garden State Houston 35, Navy 0
1980 Cotton Houston 17, Nebraska 14
1979 Cotton Notre Dame 35, Houston 34
1977 Cotton Houston 30, Maryland 21
1974 Bluebonnet Houston 31, NC State 31
1973 Bluebonnet Houston 47, Tulane 7
1971 Bluebonnet Colorado 29, Houston 17
1969 Bluebonnet Houston 36, Auburn 7
1962 Tangerine Houston 49, Miami (Ohio) 21
1952 Salad Houston 26, Dayton 21