4) TCU's Crazy Comeback Against Kansas State
This game fell right in the middle of that stretch of games where TCU's defense was just the offense scoring a lot of points, until the defense finally came up with that one clutch stop to give the offense the chance to win it. Well the offense kind of sputtered in the second quarter allowing Kansas State and Bill Snyder to give us quite the scare. Next thing any of us knew, we were down by 17 at half time.
I was in Las Vegas, Sin City, at the time that this game was on. This could've been the worst place for me to be, but it turned out to be the best place for me...but we'll get to that in a bit.
It was so frustrating seeing Kansas State's offense run so effectively against our defense. The run defense that we prided ourselves on so much last year, was nowhere to be found. Our depleted defense, where inexperienced freshmen were thrown into the fire, had to do the best they could to keep us in the game. However, our knight in shining frog skin came to the rescue when DERRICK KINDRED PICKED OFF JOE HUBENER AND TOOK IT BACK TO THE HOUSE FOR SIX POINTS. I was going nuts in my hotel room when that happened.
Brief side note: Derrick, you have been the most consistent player on our defense and at times the only member of the secondary that knew how to tackle. I just want to take this moment to thank you for- at times- putting the defense on your back and leading us to victory. You are a man among boys, and I will miss you dearly. Thank you again for everything that you've done this season. God speed #26.
Where were we? Ah yes, now only down by 11, the Frog defense continued to ride the shift in momentum thanks to the pick 6. Forcing the Wildcats to punt, Boykin and company marched down the field and Aaron Green ran it in with the help of a nifty Boykin block. Look at that folks, we still got ourselves a game. Sadly, the Wildcats would not let the comeback be that easy as they scored again on the ensuing possession.
Once again, Boykin and the offense went down the field and scored, this time coming off the efforts and fancy footwork of #2. Then the defense started its streak of clutch stops, giving the offense the ball back with a little under seven minutes to go. Next thing any of us knew, our fearless leader, Trevone Boykin had taken off down the field for 75 yards. TCU retook the lead by three points.
I was at a suit and tie event, and when I checked my phone and saw that TCU was in the lead, I went to the bathroom, as to not make a scene, and I promptly screamed and fist pumped out my emotions. Calmly walking back to my seat in the ball room I couldn't put my phone down. To my dismay I saw the Wildcats once again marching down the field as the clock continued to wind down. But then the defense made arguably the biggest stop of the game. Holding Kansas State to settle for a 4th and 1 field goal at the twenty yard line. With about a minute and a half to go, the game was tied. I was in a glass case of emotions at this point.
However, they left too much time for Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson. With 1 minute and twenty seconds to go, Trevone unleashed the ball downfield and into the hands of Doctson. WITH ICE IN HIS VEINS number nine walked into the endzone and looked back as if to say, "Game Over." However, there was still 1 minute left in the game. Down 52-45, could the Cats comeback to tie it? The answer was no. Montrel Wilson knocked the ball out of Hubener's hands and Davion Pierson recovered the fumble. CUE THE HUBENER TEARS, THE FROGS ESCAPED MANHATTAN WITH THE CRAZY COMEBACK.
- Vegas turned out to be the best place for me to unwind after that cardiac comeback.