Playing like a team motivated by the playoff snub, No. 6 TCU rode three touchdown passes from Trevone Boykin and a dominant defense to a 42-3 rout of No. 9 Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl on Wednesday.
If this was the evolution of the TCU Horned Frogs, demolishing Ole Miss 42-3 in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Wednesday, it was not the program's final step. No matter what, the Horned Frogs were still outsiders. But as head coach Gary Patterson would say during the lead-up to the game, the result would ultimately be a “measuring stick” for next season. Against a supposedly top-tier SEC team, it would show what TCU was really made of.
The only thing to do is jump and dance — that was obvious on the TCU sideline, where every player leaped as high as he could or danced his best dance after defensive end James McFarland’s second-quarter interception in the end zone for a touchdown.
The Frogs neither bristled nor sulked. Instead, as coach Gary Patterson had said in setting the example, they lamented that they had not been perfect.
When the College Football Playoff semifinals kick off on Thursday, Trevone Boykin will be watching, just like everyone else. Boykin’s TCU squad suffered maybe the most painful playoff snub of any team in the country this year, falling from No. 3 in the selection committee’s penultimate rankings to No. 6 in the ones that mattered, despite routing Iowa State 55-3 on Dec. 6. Yet any animosity Boykin held toward the new postseason model disappeared after he and his teammates found a way to heal on New Year’s Eve.
On paper this looked like an even matchup.
Josh Doctson, who became the go-to receiver the TCU offense was looking for this season, delivered big plays and got two school records in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.