Casey Pachall named national player of week
November, 13, 2011
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com
TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Casey Pachall was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday's 36-35 upset win at the No. 5 Boise State Broncos.
The win jumped the Frogs to No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the coach's poll. TCU entered the game unranked in the AP poll and 24th in the coach's poll.
Pachall completed 24-of-37 passes for 473 yards and five touchdowns as TCU snapped Boise State's nation-best 35-game home winning streak. It also ended the Broncos' run of 65 straight regular-season home victories dating back to 2001.
The five touchdowns tied a TCU single-game record shared by three others (Jeff Ballard, Matt Vogler, Steve Stamp). The 473 yards are the second-most in TCU history, trailing only Vogler's 690 against Houston in 1990.
A sophomore from Brownwood, Pachall led a seven-play, 73-yard drive in just 1:21 to pull TCU within 35-34 with 1:05 to play. He then capped the drive with a 25-yard scoring pass to Brandon Carter. His 2-point conversion pass to Josh Boyce gave the Horned Frogs the one-point lead.
After completing a 2-yard scoring toss to Boyce to cut TCU's deficit to 28-26 in the third quarter, Pachall ran for two to tie the game.
He had first-half touchdown passes of 74, 75 and 69 yards to give TCU a 20-14 halftime lead, and was Pachall was responsible for 34 points, tying for the fourth-best single-game total in TCU history.