Casey Pachall threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Carter with 1:05 left, then connected with Josh Boyce on the go-ahead 2-point conversion, and Boise State's Dan Goodale booted a 39-yard field goal attempt wide right as time expired to give TCU a 36-35 victory against the fifth-ranked Broncos on Saturday.
Pachall threw for 473 yards and tossed scores of 75, 74 and 69 yards in the first half. But his most important throws came in the final minutes when he rallied the Horned Frogs (8-2, 5-0 Mountain West) to a stunning victory that spoiled any Boise State hopes of playing for a national title.
The loss also snapped Boise State's 35-game home winning streak, which had been the nation's longest.
The Broncos were in control in the final minutes and driving into field goal range when backup running back Drew Wright fumbled at the TCU 27-yard line with 2:26 remaining.
Pachall took over, calmly marching TCU down the field before connecting with Carter, who leaped over a defender to make the grab in the end zone and pull TCU within 36-35 with 1:05 remaining.
TCU coach Gary Patterson made a gutsy call, opting to put the game in Pachall's hands and go for the lead instead of the tie. It worked. Pachall hit Josh Boyce in the corner of the end zone, putting TCU up 36-35 and quieting a noisy Bronco Stadium crowd.
Boise State (8-1, 3-1) and Kellen Moore made a final run.
With the help of a pass interference penalty on fourth down, Moore drove the Broncos down the field in the final minute and put the Broncos in position to win with a field goal. But Goodale's kick was way wide.
For the second year in a row, Boise State's run at a perfect season has been done in by a missed field goal. Last year, Broncos' kicker Kyle Brotzman missed twice from short range — once at the end of regulation and again in overtime — in a loss at Nevada.
After Goodale's kick sailed right, TCU players stormed the field to celebrate a win that clears the path for the Horned Frogs to win the Mountain West title in their final year with the league.
NO. 2 OKLAHOMA STATE 66,
TEXAS TECH 6
Brandon Weeden threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns, and Joseph Randle ran for three more scores to lead No. 2 Oklahoma State over Texas Tech, making the Cowboys 10-0 for the first time in school history.
The Cowboys, second in the BCS standings this week, next (7-0 Big 12) play at Iowa State before closing their season at home against Oklahoma in the Bedlam game. Win both, and they likely will be headed to the BCS championship game.
Weeden threw touchdown passes of 2, 27, 28, 48 and 66 yards, and had no interceptions before his backup came in late in the third. Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper each had more than 100 receiving yards.
It was the Red Raiders' most-lopsided loss ever.
NO. 17 KANSAS STATE 53,
TEXAS A&M 50
Collin Klein scored on a sneak in the fourth overtime, his sixth touchdown of the game, to give No. 17 Kansas State a dramatic victory over Texas A&M.
Klein threw for a career-high 281 yards and added 103 yards on the ground for the Wildcats (8-2, 5-2 Big 12), who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 6 minutes of regulation to hand the Aggies (5-5, 3-4) their third consecutive loss.
The Aggies had the ball first in the fourth overtime and moved down to the Kansas State 3 before their drive stalled. Facing fourth-and-1, coach Mike Sherman played it safe and kicked the field goal, and that gave Kansas State the opening it needed.
NO. 18 USC 40,
Marqise Lee caught a touchdown pass and returned the second-half kickoff 88 yards for a score, and Curtis McNeal had a 79-yard TD sprint among his career-high 148 yards rushing in No. 18 Southern California's victory over Washington.
Matt Barkley passed for 174 yards and one touchdown while running for an early score for the Trojans (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12), who made sure the Huskies had no chance to beat them on a last-second field goal, as they did in each of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian's first two meetings with his former employer.
NO. 21 TEXAS 5
Kendial Lawrence topped 100 yards with a touchdown in relief of injured Henry Josey and Missouri's defense kept No. 21 Texas out of the end zone for the first time since 2004 to snap a six-game losing streak in the series.
James Franklin completed his first 10 passes and ran for a 2-yard score for the Tigers (5-5, 3-4 Big 12), who beat Texas (6-3, 3-3) for the first time since 1997. Lawrence had 106 yards on 18 carries with a 35-yard score in the second quarter.