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TCU pulls out win over Louisiana Tech

SAN DIEGO -- Casey Pachall highlighted a record-setting game with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Skye Dawson with 4:26 left to lift No. 16 TCU to a 31-24 victory against Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday night.

It was the eighth straight victory for Mountain West Conference champion TCU (11-2), which moves to the Big 12 next year. It was the third time this season TCU overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win.

Pachall was 15 of 29 for 206 yards. He set school single-season records with 228 completions and 2,921 yards, breaking marks set by Andy Dalton.

Western Athletic champion Louisiana Tech (8-5) had its seven-game winning streak snapped hours after coach Sonny Dykes agreed to a contract extension through 2017.

TCU tied the game at 24 on Luke Shivers' 1-yard run with 7:49 left.


Moore ready for finale

LAS VEGAS -- The MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas wasn't the send-off No. 8 Boise State originally imagined for Kellen Moore, college football's winningest quarterback.

But coach Chris Petersen said the Broncos aren't thinking about those expectations, their opinions of the BCS or a pending move to the Big East in 2013 as they prepare to play Arizona State tonight (8 p.m., ESPN).

"We're all about this game," Petersen told reporters Wednesday before a luncheon in advance of the game. "We've kind of preached to our guys about living in the moment, and living day to day, so that's just kind of how we think as coaches."

Arizona State is taking the same approach after a season where both teams expected to finish by playing in a bigger bowl.

Finishing 6-6 with a four-game losing streak cost Sun Devils coach Dennis Erickson his job, though he stayed on to coach his team in its first postseason appearance since 2007.

He said the prospect of being out at ASU won't fully hit him until after the game.

"That's all I've ever done," Erickson said of being involved in football. "I couldn't make any decisions on anything right now."

At the luncheon, Erickson stifled tears as he reflected on his career and introduced his family, including his 87-year-old mother -- whom he said talked to him weekly after watching his games.


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*A prosecutor says more than two dozen Arizona politicians who received free game tickets or trips from the Fiesta Bowl won't face charges.

*Tom Williams resigned as Yale's football coach Wednesday amid a university investigation into whether he lied on his resume about being a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship while a student at Stanford.

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