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Best TCU Moments Bracket: Dixon Region Round of 32

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It’s been a bumpy, close race for the first two 1-seeds in the second round, will the same thing happen for the Dixon Region’s top dog?

Before we move forward, let’s say goodbye to the moments eliminated in round 1.

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#8 Kesler Sack vs. OU in ‘05

#10 Bane game winner vs. Ok. St.

#11 Norrie clinches Big 12 Title

#12 Song OT FG to win Cheez-It Bowl

#13 Rizer Robs Texas Home Run

#14 Green scores 7-straight to beat KU

#15 Phillips/Henson 4th & 1 stop vs. Stanford

#16 MBB def. Baylor to win SWC in 1968

Now, on to the next round!

#1 Matt Curry CWS Grand Slam vs. #9 Johnson Alamo Bowl deflection

Matt Curry CWS Grand Slam

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.

Denzel Johnson deflects pass to win Alamo Bowl

in what was one of the greatest comebacks in college football history, TCU stunned Oregon by erasing a 31-point halftime deficit, eventually winning in triple overtime.

It was a chaotic game full of memorable moments, but the play that sealed the victory can’t be overlooked. On fourth and long, needing a touchdown, Oregon backup QB Jeff Lockie dropped back and let it fly towards a relatively open receiver. It looked for a moment as if the Ducks would have a real chance to score before Denzel Johnson flew in and batted the pass down.

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  • 73%
    #1 Matt Curry CWS Grand Slam
    (75 votes)
  • 26%
    #9 Denzel Johnson
    (27 votes)
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#4 #BoykinFlip vs. #5 Jones-Jones Relay vs. SHSU

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Trevone Boykin gave is crazy play after crazy play, but the most ridiculous risk of his own health came against Kansas State in 2014. It was a night game against Top 10 teams, the Carter was rocking, and TCU proceeded to absolutely whip the Wildcats.

Along the way Boykin showed his willingness to sacrifice his body with this wild tumble into the end zone.

Cody Jones to Keaton Jones 13th inning relay

Clutch moments litter this bracket, but none might be more clutch than this relay in the 13th innings against Sam Houston State in the playoffs.

With the game tied and SHSU threatening, Cody Jones fielded a ball deep in the outfield to Keaton Jones. Jones turned around and fired it home, nailing the runner at the plate to continue the game. The Frogs would eventually win in 22 innings.

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  • 51%
    #4 #BoykinFlip
    (53 votes)
  • 48%
    #5 Jones-Jones Relay vs. SHSU
    (49 votes)
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#3 LT Rushes for 406 vs. #6 Reagor TD vs. Baylor

LT Rushes for 406 yards vs. UTEP

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.”

Reagor Receiving TD vs. Baylor (2018)

Jalen Reagor wowed us for years with his innate ability to make people miss. That’s on full display in this clip from TCU’s 2018 game against Baylor, in which Reagor single-handedly humiliates Baylor’s defense on the way to the end zone.

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  • 83%
    #3 LT Rushes for 406
    (83 votes)
  • 17%
    #6 Reagor Receiving TD vs. Baylor
    (17 votes)
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#2 Doctson 1-handed catch vs. #7 Du Mapaya Triple Jump National Champion

Doctson’s 1-handed catch vs. Minnesota

Many Josh Doctson moments stand out, but this was the first and arguably the finest. In TCU’s opener against Minnesota in 2014, the Frogs debuted their newly built offense with a drubbing of the Gophers.

Doctson was one of many highlights, but the grace and ease with which he made this catch absolutely stands out. It stood out so much that Doctson’s catch was No. 1 on SportsCenter that night.

Du Mapaya Wins Triple Jump N.C.

Not only did Du Mapaya bring a national title to TCU in 2019, he did so on his sixth and final jump of the night. Here’s the rundown from GoFrogs.com:

Going into his sixth and final jump of the night, Mapaya was in third place after a jump of 16.94m (55-7) in his fifth attempt. On the final jump of the competition, Mapaya jumped 17.13m (56-2.5) passing up event leader Jordan Scott of Virginia (17.01m, 55-9.75) and winning the national championship. It was TCU’s first national title in track and field since Ronnie Baker won the 60m dash in 2016.

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  • 58%
    #2 Doctson 1-handed catch
    (58 votes)
  • 42%
    #7 Du Mapaya Triple Jump National Champ
    (42 votes)
100 votes total Vote Now