LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns to lead Texas Christian to a 28-14 victory over No. 20 East Carolina in the inaugural Mobile Alabama Bowl.
It was the second consecutive bowl upset for TCU (8-4), which knocked off heavily favored Southern Cal in last year's Sun Bowl. East Carolina (9-3) was favored by six points at game time.
That didn't bother the Horned Frogs, who confused East Carolina with a two-quarterback option attack and completely shut down the Pirates' running game, holding them to minus-16 yards.
East Carolina went into the game focusing on stopping Tomlinson, whose 1,850 yards edged Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne for the NCAA Division I rushing title.
TCU, which alternated between quarterbacks Casey Printers and Patrick Batteaux, made it impossible for the Pirates to adjust.