TCU: Kings Of The Comeback

The Horned Frog mascot runs onto the field before their game against OU at the Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. MADELEINE COOK

An amazing start has the Horned Frogs 11-0. It has been shocking what TCU has done so far this season. This team has been battle tested and have had so many exciting games. They are just two big wins away from a potential playoff spot.

From Backup to Star

In the summer, Chandler Morris and Max Duggan competed for TCU’s starting quarterback job. Sonny Dykes, head coach for TCU, didn’t publicly reveal who won the spot until the season opener on September 2nd. Morris opened the game for TCU against Colorado. Late in the third quarter, Morris sustained a left knee injury and never returned. Duggan took over, and this team slowly became a powerhouse while Duggan became a star.

The Climb

After starting the year 2-0, TCU began the tough rest of their schedule with a game against SMU. The Horned Frogs handled business there, then proceeded to shockingly blowout Oklahoma the following week. This win began TCU being in the spotlight. After this game is where most thought the Horned Frogs would fall. After another close battle with Kansas, TCU was starting to get some eyes. By the following week TCU would find itself in a 24-10 hole against then ranked 8th Oklahoma state. Most thought that TCU was a goner. Somehow, someway, the Horned Frogs crawled from the depths and would win 43-40 in double OT. This would be the second of many good games to come for the Horned Frogs.

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The following week, TCU again went down 28-10 to then ranked 17th Kansas State. TCU is just the second Big 12 team in history to beat a ranked opponent in four consecutive weeks when they stormed back to win 38-28. Before this season, the Horned Frogs never had more than two straight weeks of defeating a ranked team. Not only that, TCU railed from a deficit of at least 17 points for the second straight game. Now, TCU started to become a real contender for the Big 12, and maybe more.

Comeback Kids are Born

Between Max Duggan, Kendre Miller, Quentin Johnson, and Bud Clarke, TCU has some stars showing out. Emari Demercado, Taye Barber, Derius Davis, and Griffin Kell as well have been stepping up. TCU as a whole has become a solid team after all of these comebacks and tough games. Being battle tested now, TCU would go on to beat West Virginia. After this game, TCU shocked a lot of the college world dominating Texas. Taking away that fumble six with four minutes left in the game, TCU was up 17-3 and dominated on both sides of the ball wire to wire. Most thought that this would be their most significant win, but TCU wanted to have one more thrilling comeback to improve to 11-0.

Over the Baylor Bump

The last two times a 10-0 Big 12 team has played Baylor, they have been beaten by the Bears. Early on, more of the same looked like it would happen. This was a back and forth game with both teams trading blows to make it 14-14 at half. TCU would then go up 20-14 in the third, with Griffin Kell missing the point after. Baylor would then storm back to make it 28-20 with nine minutes left in the fourth. TCU would score nine points in the last two minutes to win the game 29-28, and they might have potentially the play of the year.

The Horned Frogs are 11-0 for the fourth time in their history and first since 2010, when they went 13-0 and won the Rose Bowl. TCU is also the first Big 12 team to be 11-0 since Texas in 2009. The Horned Frogs beat Baylor for the seventh time in eight years, including four straight wins in Waco.

Can Hypnotoad Pull It Off?

All that is left for the Horned Frogs is Iowa State and the Big 12 Championship. If the Horned Frogs win both of these games, there is no question they will be in the College Football Playoffs. These are two huge games for the program. No one saw TCU being able to do this at the beginning of the season. This is a battle tested ball club. This will be a fun team to watch to see if they can give themselves a playoff berth.

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