TCU, UNT Claim Victory, SMU Falls Short

TCU and UNT both win on Saturday

Saturday, Nov 12, 2011  |  Updated 8:44 PM CDT
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TCU, UNT Claim Victory, SMU Falls Short

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TCU 36 - Boise State 35
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 long 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.

North Texas 38 - Troy 33
Derek Thompson threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns as North Texas defeated Troy 38-33 Saturday.

Down three early in the fourth quarter, Thompson threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Chris Bynes. The Mean Green then recovered a Corey Robinson fumble at the 6-yard line and James Hamilton's 6-yard run gave them a 38-27 lead.

Hamilton took over for Lance Dunbar, who left the game with a knee injury. He ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

Thompson, who completed 31 of 38 passes, also ran for a 15-yard touchdown.

"Our receivers made a lot of plays and our offensive line gave me a chance to do some things today," Thompson said. "My teammates put us in a position to win and I just did my job."

Troy's Corey Robinson threw for 267 yards and four touchdown passes, but did lose a fumble and threw an interception. The Trojans (2-7, 1-4 Sun Belt Conference) have now lost five straight and after winning or sharing the league title for five straight years, and won't go to a bowl.

North Texas (4-6, 3-3) kept postseason hopes alive in coach Dan McCarney's first year. The Mean Green snapped a six-game losing streak to the Trojans.

SMU 17 - Navy 24 
SMU struggled once again to find a way to stop Navy and its triple-option offense.

The Mustangs allowed 335 yards rushing Saturday in losing their fifth straight to the Midshipmen, 24-17.

SMU (6-4) was done in by miscues at key times. J.J. McDermott threw two first-half interceptions, including one in the end zone to end a scoring threat.

The Mustangs also failed to score after they recovered Matt Aiken's muffed punt deep in Navy territory.

"We made too many mistakes," said Cole Beasley, who scored two touchdowns for SMU. "You can't make turnovers and beat that kind of football team"

Zach Line rushed for 135 yards, his eighth 100-yard effort this season, and Beasley's 2-yard run pulled SMU within 24-17 with 3:40 left. Navy has won eight of nine overall against SMU since 1995.

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