Texas Christian took care of business in the Poinsettia Bowl with a 31-24 victory over Louisiana Tech, but the Horned Frogs had to rally from a 24-17 deficit in the third quarter to overcome the Bulldogs. Perhaps there was a reason for TCU's struggles. Coach Gary Patterson said afterward that he suspected the Bulldogs knew the Horned Frogs' signals, so he changed them at halftime.
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The announced crowd was only 24,607, the smallest turnout in the seven-year history of the bowl. Bowl officials took a pass on inviting the hometown San Diego State Aztecs because they wanted to fill hotels, which pump about $400,000 annually to the Poinsettia and Holiday bowls. Perhaps matching two teams that travel light maybe wasn't the best idea. San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Tim Sullivan thinks the bowl should rethink its relationship with the Mountain West Conference, which runs through 2013.