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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