TCU: Horned Frogs Survive With Miracle In Lubbock


The No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs went back and forth with the Texas Tech Red Raiders before winning thanks to an incredible touchdown catch.

If you’re a TCU football fan, hopefully you slept well.

If you’re a fan of the Dallas Cowboys as well, you’ll probably get the following comparison in the event you missed Saturday night’s shootout in Lubbock:

Take Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubachs‘ 1975 ‘Hail Mary’ touchdown pass to wide receiver Drew Pearson and blend that with Hall of Fame San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana‘s 1982 ‘The Catch’ touchdown pass to tight end Dwight Clark.

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The result might be Heisman Trophy candidate Trevone Boykin‘s touchdown pass to running back Aaron Green, originally intended for wide receiver Josh Doctson, to spark a last second win for Texas Christian University.

In fact, this already historic play had a dash of Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw‘s 1972 ‘Immaculate Reception’ to Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, a pass originally intended for halfback John Fuqua.

Yes, this play with seconds left at Jones AT&T Stadium will be remembered by TCU in Ft. Worth for decades.

Myka Williams of SportDFW offered perhaps a glimpse of what was to come in this instant classic of a football game between two longtime Texas rivals now residing in the Big 12. In particular, he states right away that Texas Tech would be a “more gritty and improved Red Raiders football squad” following last season’s 82-27 demolition at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Williams was right about that.

Boykin and his high-powered offense were never really able to pull away from Tech and needed basically every second of this football game to eventually come away with a 55-52 victory.

Perhaps a shootout like this could have been foreseen after TCU gave up some 37 points to perennial rebuilding program SMU in Ft. Worth last weekend.

Each team punted the ball just once in making this contest look more like a college basketball game than your typical football game.

Prior to the crazy close to this game, Boykin fired the football 54 times while completing 34 of his passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns.

About the only pass Doctson didn’t catch was that final miracle-touchdown pass eventually hauled in by Green. Otherwise, the 6’3” pass-catcher had 18 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

Green was equally impressive out of the backfield with 162 yards on 28 carries and two additional scores.

Dallas Morning News Big 12 columnist Chuck Carlton quoted Boykin with the following regarding Green’s late touchdown catch on 4th and goal, which was deflected off the hands of Doctson.

"I thought it was over because it got tipped almost to the back of the end zone. Then I saw a flash of a white jersey come through and grab the ball."

Green chalked up his heroics by simply stating that he was only doing what he was told to do.

"They always preach follow the ball. You never know. I did what I was told. I followed the ball the whole way and caught it."

Yes, Green caught it, and he might very well have saved a season for TCU that was, at least for second, straight down the tubes prior to the month of October.

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  • Published on 09/27/2015 at 14:01 PM
  • Last updated at 09/27/2015 at 06:20 AM