There have been some pretty big stinkers in the college football bowl season this year and it looked like the Alamo Bowl between the Oregon Ducks and TCU Horned Frogs was going to be the next one. It seemed as though the Ducks were going to walk away with a big win over the Horned Frogs, who were without starting quarterback Trevone Boykin for the game.
The Horned Frogs persevered in the game, namely the second half, to pull off their largest comeback in team history. They were down 31-0 at halftime and came back to win the game, 47-41, in triple overtime.
The Ducks were led in the first half by Royce Freeman, who has been quietly one of the best running backs in the country this season. He scored two of his three touchdowns in the first half and helped bring their offense to more than 300 total yards in the half.
Oregon also got some big help from quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., who had 197 yards and a touchdown in the first half. It didn’t take long for the Ducks to get on the board as he hit Darren Carrington with a 37-yard strike just a few minutes into the game.
The Ducks seemed to come out flat in the second half as the Horned Frogs started to chip away at that lead. That may be because of Adams going down with a head injury that knocked him out of the game.
TCU quarterback Bram Kohlhausen decided he was going to take over the game in the second half. He started off with a 26-yard pass to Jaelan Austin and then a two-yard run for touchdowns to make the game a whole lot more interesting.
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) January 3, 2016
The Horned Frogs continued to fight in the game and eventually made it a one score game after an Aaron Green touchdown. TCU then cut it down to a field goal deficit with a beautiful two-point conversion.
The two teams went into overtime tied at 31 and the Horned Frogs had all the momentum. Kohlhausen found Emmanuel Porter from seven yards out for his second touchdown of the game.
The Ducks saw the game slipping from their hands and they had one last chance to keep it going. Jeff Lockie connected with Freeman on fourth and four, who broke open a run to convert and eventually set up his own game-tying one-yard score.
The two teams traded field goals in the second overtime period and the Horned Frogs pushed their way down the field in the third. Kohlhausen made his way into the endzone on the ground for the second time in the game, which was ultimately the game-winner.
Ironically, the defense came up big on the final play to seal the victory for the Horned Frogs. The win meant TCU had tied the largest comeback in bowl history.
Kohlhausen filled in for Boykin in the best way possible. On the night, he threw for 351 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 45 yards and two more scores and was named the MVP of the Alamo Bowl.
It was certainly a hard-fought victory for the Horned Frogs and a perfect way for Kohlhausen, a redshirt senior, to end his career in Forth Worth.
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