We’ve reached the Elite 8 of Best TCU Moments. It’s been quite the journey to this point, and we’re in for some real slugfests this round. Voting will stay open for the Elite 8 until Saturday at 2pm (central time).
But first we blow a sweet kiss goodbye to the following eight moments:
#1 Feltman Thumbs Down vs. A&M
#1 Welcome Home - TCU Joins Big 12
#2 Josh Doctson 1-handed catch
#2 Ty Summers’ Stop vs. Baylor
#3 Paul Dawson Pick-6 vs. OU
#3 Bane, TCU beat Kansas in Big 12 Tourney
#5 Peach Bowl Double-Pass
Alright, let’s get into it:
Patterson Regional Final
#1 Immaculate Deflection vs. #3 Luke Baker CWS Home Run vs. Tech
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)
Sweet 16: def. #5 Peach Bowl Double-Pass (347 votes to 57 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:
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)
Sweet 16: def. #2 Summers Stops Baylor (175 votes to 155 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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#1 Immaculate Deflection
#3 Luken Baker CWS Home Run vs. Tech
Schlossnagle Regional Final
#2 Catch-22 vs. #5 Andy Dalton Rose Bowl TD
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)
Sweet 16: def. Bane, TCU upset Kansas (280 votes to 105 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.
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)
Sweet 16: def. #1 Feltman Thumbs Down vs. A&M (208 votes to 187 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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#5 Dalton Rose Bowl TD
Dixon Regional Final
#1 Matt Curry CWS Grand Slam vs. #3 LT for 406
Matt Curry CWS Grand Slam
Round 1: def. #16 MBB def. Baylor to win SWC (312 votes to 11 votes)
Round 2: def. #9 Denzel Johnson Alamo Bowl Deflection (185 votes vs. 48 votes)
Sweet 16: def. #4 #BoykinFlip (274 votes to 97 votes)
We have a couple other home runs in the Best Moments Bracket. This might be the biggest one.
Facing elimination, down 7-5, two outs, full count, top of the 8th inning, Matt Curry launched a ball into orbit that legitimately might not have come back to earth yet. There are a couple of things to take note of here.
First, Curry had been crushing baseballs all season long. He finished with 18 home runs and 26 doubles, slugging .667 on the year. Missing a pitch to Curry essentially doomed the opposing pitcher, so while this was a massive, massive moment - he had been making people pay for their mistakes all season. Hanging a curveball wasn’t the way to go right here.
Second, outfielders are taught that if you lose the ball in the air, or know it’s going out, to at least pretend you’re going to catch it to throw off the runners on base. This poor centerfielder tries his best, but everyone and their mothers knew that ball wasn’t staying in Rosenblatt.
Lastly, has anyone run the bases on a dinger faster than Curry did? It’s like he hit it into the corner and was legging out an inside the park home run.
What a moment.
LT Rushes for 406 yards vs. UTEP
Round 1: def. #14 Green scores 7-straight to beat Kansas (299 votes to 33 votes)
Round 2: def. #6 Reagor TD vs. Baylor (271 votes to 71 votes)
Sweet 16: def. #2 Josh Doctson 1-Handed Catch (236 votes to 87 votes)
In what was a record until just a season ago, LaDainian Tomlinson absolutely smoked UTEP in 1999 to the tune of 406 yards and six touchdowns. TCU won the game 52-24 and afterward LT simply praised his offensive line, saying “I need to buy them a couple of steaks.”
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#1 Curry CWS Grand Slam
#3 LT Rushes for 406
Pebley Regional Final
#2 Bram Kohlhausen Alamo Bowl TD vs. #4 TCU Walks-Off Texas A&M
Bram mixes it up with TD run vs. Oregon
Round 1: def. #15 Ryan Merrill Walks-Off A&M (331 votes to 38 votes)
Round 2: def. #10 Morrison 8-pitch complete game (259 votes to 34 votes)
Sweet 16: def. #3 Dawson Pick-6 (222 votes to 164 votes)
The TCU-Oregon Alamo Bowl has been talked about by Frog fans so much, there’s almost nothing left to say about it. Bram Kohlhausen will always be a legend because of his performance in this one, and his third overtime touchdown run was TCU’s winning score.
TCU walks-off Texas A&M in 2015 Super Regional
Round 1: def. #13 Reagor Hail Mary vs. SMU (290 votes to 52 votes)
Round 2: def. #5 Jet Breaks UT’s Ankles (175 votes to 72 votes)
Sweet 16: def. #1 Welcome Home (243 votes to 177 votes)
There are several things at play in this moment. First, there’s a pretty clear understanding that Evan Skoug should have ended the game two innings earlier. He absolutely roped a ball, and had it not deflected off of the Aggie pitcher, that might be the moment in this bracket instead of this one.
But two innings later Skoug got another chance. With two runners on and two outs, Skoug hit a hard, bouncing grounder down the third base line. A&M’s third baseman ranged back to field it, but it bounced a few feet away from him.
Garrett Crain boldly (and probably unadvisedly) rounded third and headed for home. The third baseman recovered, and fired the ball toward home plate. If the catcher snags it, Cain is out by several feet. But the ball skipped away to the backstop, and TCU advanced to the College World Series.
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#2 Bram Alamo Bowl TD
#4 TCU Walks-Off Texas A&M