The Horned Frogs matched the largest bowl comeback in history on Saturday night, en route to a Valero Alamo Bowl win and an 11-2 season.
The Horned Frogs found themselves down 31-0 at halftime after giving up an absurd 376 yards to an Oregon offense that looked completely unstoppable. Ducks QB Vernon Adams Jr. had 197 passing yards and a touchdown, while running back Royce Freeman had 74 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
However, a massive hit on Adams Jr. late in the second quarter knocked him out for the remainder of the game, forcing Jeff Lockie into service, and at that point it became a whole new ballgame.
TCU opened up in the second half looking like a completely different team, scoring 17 unanswered points to make it a two-score ballgame heading to the fourth. After accumulating just 142 yards in the first half, the Frogs offense started clicking, racking up 159 yards in the third quarter alone. Bram Kohlhausen, who had a shaky first half, looked like the same quarterback that almost led TCU to an upset win in Norman, throwing the ball with confidence and making plays with his legs.
In the fourth quarter, a 34-yard Jaden Oberkrom field goal cut the deficit to 31-20. TCU then cut the lead to 31-28, after an Aaron Green touchdown run, and a successful 2-point conversion with 3:32 left in the game. TCU would get another stop, in front of about 50,000 screaming TCU fans (and about 15,000 very sad Oregon fans), and a Jaden Oberkom field goal with 23 seconds left would eventually send the game to overtime.
It took three overtimes for TCU to seal the win, and after Bram Kohlhausen scrambled for a touchdown to give TCU a 47-41 lead, the Frogs defense did just that. A 3rd and short play for Oregon when horribly awry when Lockie bobbled the low snap, and Ty Summers came flying in for the sack. An incomplete pass on 4th and 10 sealed the win for the Horned Frogs.
Above all else, here are a few things we learned about our boys in purple.
This team never, ever quits
Any team could have rolled over after such a terrible first half, and many would have. Instead, TCU fought back like they did all season, showing the heart and grit that it takes for a team to battle through adversity to come out on top.
Even Texas Ranger's manager Jeff Banister noticed.
Just completely incredible congrats to TCU #nevereverquit
— Jeff Banister (@Bannyrooster28) January 3, 2016
Aaron Green carried this team, literally
In his final game in purple, in his home town of San Antonio, Aaron Green ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, and added 56 receiving yards, to lead the Frogs to victory. He was an integral part of TCU's past two seasons, and he finished like a champion.
Bram is a hero
We were all down on him. All of us. We were calling for Foster Sawyer. And instead, Bram forced his way into TCU lore, finishing with 351 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, 45 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. In his post-game press conference (which you can watch below), he said he did it all for Trevone Boykin, who taught him a lot about never quitting.
TCU is 11-2
Through the injuries, the quitters, the guys who fell into trouble, TCU never backed down, never gave up, and they were rewarded with an 11-win season. What a crazy season it has been.
WATCH: TCU Post-Game Press Conference