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TCU's offense nervous in first BCS game

TCU's offense nervous in first BCS game

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TCU quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is tackled by Boise State safety Jeron Johnson (23) during the third quarter of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

by George Riba / WFAA Sports

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Posted on January 5, 2010 at 1:37 AM

TCU’s first taste of the national spotlight in a showcase BCS game may have rattled their nerves a little bit, especially in the early going.

“Andy will tell you, I thought we were a little bit nervous, offensively,” said Head Coach Gary Patterson. “ I don’t know if we were nervous. I thinkwe were tight."

Patterson also noticed that his team didn’t have the usual jump in their step. On top of that, the phones went out in the first quarter and communication wasn’t restored until the beginning of the second quarter.

“I wish we would have pulled off practice one day more.  I thought we looked a little bit tired,” Patterson said. “ I thought they were a little bit fresher  and a little quicker in the first quarter.  I should have pulled off one more practice.”

Quarterback Andy Dalton agreed and said the communication problem compounded the problem. “Yeah, I think nerves had something to do with it.  They were doing some different things, especially with the phones going out,” Dalton said. “ The communication going out, I think, really had something to do with it.”

Officials turned off the headphones for both teams until the problem was fixed, but by then, Boise State had taken a 10-to-0 lead on a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown by Brandyn Thompson and a field goal by Kyle Brotzman.

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