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We have reached the round of 16 in our Best TCU Moments Bracket, and decisions are about to get very, very difficult. Today voting opens for the four matchups in the Patterson & Schlossnagle Regions. Voting will be open for two days.
The Pebley & Dixon games will open for voting tomorrow.
Before we get to today’s matchups, let’s pour one out for the moments eliminated from the Patterson & Dixon Regions in the Round of 32.
[Knockin’ in Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan starts playing]
#6 Dixon Buzzer Beater
#8 Schultz HR vs. Texas
#10 Boyce 2pt conversion vs. Boise
#13 Boykin Juke + Holgo High 5
#4 Great White Hit
#6 Bacak Squeeze Bunt
#7 Jet TD vs. Ohio State
#8 Davey O’ Brien TD in Title Game
But now, it’s time to move on. Let’s get to these four incredible matchups.
#1 Immaculate Deflection vs. #5 Peach Bowl Double-Pass
Round 1: def. #16 No More Fireworks (357 votes to 23 votes)
Round 2: def. #8 Schultz HR vs. Texas (718 votes to 590 votes)
TCU entered the Rose Bowl as an underdog to a Wisconsin team that had been absolutely railing opponents with a dominant ground game. Most national pundits thought TCU would get run all over because of their undersized defense. But for the majority of the game TCU and Gary Patterson, led by Tank Carder, kept the Badgers at bay.
A late 4th quarter touchdown drive put Wisconsin to within two at 21-19. Bret Bielema’s team opted to go for two, and after a drive that featured gashing runs, pretty much everyone in the universe expected a run play from the Badgers.
Instead, we got this:
Peach Bowl Double Pass
Round 1: def. #12 Skoug HR vs. Missouri State (216 votes to 136 votes)
Round 2: def. #13 Boykin Juke + Holgo High-Five (219 votes to 207 votes)
We don’t need to talk about the things that led to TCU being left out of the College Football Playoff in 2014. But we do need to acknowledge the high level of rage the team felt in being shunted sideways into the Peach Bowl.
It spawned one of the most glorious beatings in TCU football history, with the Frogs absolutely demolishing Ole Miss 42-3.
TCU wasted no time in turning the Rebels into paste, with this double pass touchdown from Trevone Boykin to Kolby Listenbee to Aaron Green.
The cherry on top is color commentator Tim Tebow recognizing the play and calling it as it happens.
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#1 Immaculate Deflection
#5 Peach Bowl Double-Pass
#2 Summers’ Stop vs. Baylor vs. #3 Baker CWS Home Run
Ty Summers’ Stop vs. Baylor (2015) (Written by Deanna Rust)
Round 1: def. #15 Parrish dunk seals NIT Title (364 votes to 31)
Round 2: def. #10 Boyce 2pt vs. Boise (310 votes to 147 votes)
Great battles are never forgotten, especially against your greatest enemy. On Black Friday in 2015, some of TCU’s greatest football names faced some of Baylor’s most annoying. We saw names like Boykin, Oberkrom, Green, Turpin, Orr, and Summers square up against Coleman, Linwood, Oakman, Cannon, and Callahan. The scene was perfect for a fight: 39 degrees, pouring rain, 14 mile per hour winds, and a 45 minute lightning delay. There were great plays by both sides in the first half, along with some crazy slips, slides, hits, and drops. Watching the game highlights, you’re reminded just how accurate Boykin was in terrible weather. By the end of the first half, the teams were tied 14-14.
The defensive battle was there in the first half, but the second half is when the real fun began. Punters Drew Galitz (Baylor) and Ethan Perry (TCU) punted a total of 22 times in the game—17 of them in the second half alone (Galitz 8, Perry 9). There were perfect punts, blocked punts, punts that that caused scuffles…and the weather just kept getting worse through it all.
Then regulation ended. Nobody moved. We went into overtime. Baylor scored first on 8 tries. We answered in 4, even after Turp skated past the pylon and it was called back. We re-grouped and went again. This time, it took 5 plays. It was 28-21. Baylor’s Devin Chafin ran for 2 yards. 2nd down. Chafin runs again. 2 more yards. 3rd down. Chris Johnson runs for 5. Now it’s 4th and 1. The handoff goes to
Chafin as Ty Summers breaks through their offensive line. He sets his sights on Chafin, as Julius Lewis comes from the outside to force Chafin to try to squeeze between defenders.
Luken Baker College World Series Home Run vs. Tech
Round 1: def. #14 “Speed Baby” (269 votes to 85 votes)
Round 2: def. #6 Dixon Buzzer Beater (373 votes to 120 votes)
Watching Luken Baker hit monster dingers was a great source of joy for TCU fans during his time as a Frog. Watching him a monster dinger against Texas Tech in the College World Series elevated him to legend status.
Top of the 9th. Frogs down 3-2. Two on. One out.
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#2 Summers’ Stop vs. BU
#3 Baker CWS HR vs. Tech
#1 Feltman Thumbs Down vs. A&M vs. #5 Dalton Rose Bowl TD
This is a massive matchup. Two iconic moments in recent TCU athletics. Will the power move as TCU advances to the College World Series beat out a huge moment in the pinnacle of modern TCU athletics?
Feltman Thumbs Down
Round 1: def. #16 Kurt Thomas 1st TCU Triple Double (250 votes to 17 votes)
Round 2: def. #8 Davey O’ Brien Title Game TD (164 votes to 96 votes)
For the second consecutive season TCU and Texas A&M met in the Super Regionals of the college baseball playoffs. For the second consecutive season the teams took it to a game three.
In game three, TCU watched A&M take a 1-0 lead, before the Frogs came back with four unanswered runs. They got help from the Aggies with a bases-loaded walk to score a run and another run scored on a passed ball, but once they had the lead TCU put a death grip on it.
Durbin Feltman, a freshman, had established himself as one of the most reliable bullpen arms rather quickly that season, and he entered game three in the eighth inning. He worked quickly through the first five outs, not allowing a hit, and struck out the final batter to send TCU to the College World Series.
It would probably be a moment on this list no matter what, but the savagery of his actions post strikeout make this a powerhouse 1-seed in this tournament.
As the Aggie batter stood in the box, and as his teammates poured out of the dugout and ran towards him, Feltman calmly backed off the mound and hit the Aggie fans with a thumbs down before launching his glove into the air and joining the celebration.
Watch a recap of the game here (with a great final shot of the thumbs down).
This freshman pitcher did em wrong pic.twitter.com/Y9kLpNZUUw— Colt Conway (@ColtConway) June 13, 2016
Andy Dalton beats JJ Watt to the edge for TD
Round 1: def. #12 Doctson TD vs. Kansas State (216 votes to 51 votes)
Round 2: def. #4 Great White Hit (205 votes to 50 votes)
TCU trailed Wisconsin 10-7 with just seconds left in the first quarter, but the Frogs were driving. Dalton used a QB draw the play before this one to get the Frogs inside the 5 yard line, and this zone read absolutely stopped JJ Watt in his tracks.
That moment of hesitation was all Dalton needed. He took off to the edge, and got to the corner of the end zone ahead of Watt for the touchdown.
I was in this corner of the stadium, and I’m fairly certain I lost consciousness for a brief moment after this score.
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#1 Feltman Thumbs Down
#5 Dalton Rose Bowl TD
#2 Catch-22 vs. #3 Bane, TCU beats Kansas
Round 1: def. #15 Kenny Hustle dunk vs. WVU (270 votes to 16 votes)
Round 2: def. #7 Jet TD vs. Ohio State (296 votes vs. 72 votes)
We probably all remember where we were for this one. TCU and Texas Tech had absolutely dazzled us with an offensive back-and-forth competition that had both fanbases reeling. The two teams combined for 1,357 yards and 14 touchdowns.
And in the end, it looked like Tech was going to win. The Frogs had one last shot, and Boykin’s pass to Doctson was tipped. Tech fans rejoiced.
But then, Aaron Green swooped in and saved the day.
Bane hits three free throws to upset Kansas
Round 1: def. #14 Scherer Posts Perfect 600 (223 votes to 48 votes)
Round 2: def. Bacak Squeeze Bunt vs. Pepperdine (251 votes to 140 votes)
The legacy of Desmond Bane has been finalized at this point, but in 2017 it was just getting started. As a freshman, Bane broke into the starting lineup midway through the season, with his physicality and long-range shooting bolstering the Frogs on both ends of the court.
By the time the Frogs reached the Big 12 Tournament they were an NCAA Tournament bubble team, but on the outside looking in. They needed to make a big run to make it in, and in their second game in Kansas City they made a big statement.
Bane put the Frogs ahead with three incredibly clutch free throws (as a freshman!!) and the Frogs upset the Jayhawks.
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#3 Bane, TCU beat KU