Mano e mano.
A TCU team ranked #11 and entering the game 9-1, with only a defeat against a top ranked Oklahoma, playing at Rice-Eccles against a Utah team ranked #10 at 9-0.
Both undefeated in league play.
This one was for all the marbles. Not only the Mountain West championship, but also a coveted BCS berth, which would go to the winner.
For three quarters, the Frogs dominated the Utes.
They outgained them almost 2 to 1, but they just had trouble scoring points.
The Frogs missed not one, but two chip shot field goals in the fourth quarter, and squandered several other scoring opportunities throughout the game.
That allowed the Utes to stay in it.
Down 10-3, the Utah picked off a pass and kicked a field goal on a drive that was aided by three Frog penalties.
Then, taking over with less than two minutes left, Ute quarterback Brian Johnson drove the team down the field for a game winning touchdown at the 47 second mark and a final 13-10 margin.
Once again no BCS.
But, in a sign of how far the program had come, the Frogs did finish in the top ten after winning their final game and then beating previously undefeated Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl.
The seventh place final ranking was their highest final ranking since the 1958 team led by Bob Lilly.
The Utes, for their part, took apart a #4 Alabama team in the Sugar Bowl and ended up the season undefeated and ranked #2.