Remember the Alamo Bowl

first_imgDean Straka + posts Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Previous articleFrogs stage miracle comeback, defeat Oregon 47-41 in 3OTNext articleSlideshow: TCU overcomes 31-point deficit to beat Oregon in Alamo Bowl Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printThe Frogs did the improbable Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas, overcoming a 31-0 halftime deficit to defeat Oregon in the Alamo Bowl, 47-41 in triple overtime.In a tie for the largest comeback in bowl-game history, it was the Frogs who emerged victorious after facing their largest deficit of the year. Without starting quarterback Trevone Boykin, who was suspended after an arrest just two days before the game, the Frogs were able to muster enough energy to come back and stun the Ducks.“It’s just one of those teams,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “They just never quit.”The game was the largest comeback for the Frogs in the Patterson era, as TCU had to  rally back to beat an Oregon team that dominated them in the first half.“The first half we didn’t play very well defensively,” Patterson said.After being shut out in the first half for first time since October 2013 at Oklahoma, and recording a mere 96 passing yards and a total of 142 yards opposed to Oregon first half total of 376 yards of offense, the Frogs seemed all but finished.They were not.“I told them we had an opportunity in the second half to show Oregon what our program was all about,” Patterson said. “We’ve had to do that before. At Kansas State, we were down big and came back.”The turning point came when Oregon starting quarterback Vernon Adams, Jr. left the game late in the closing of the first half of the game due to an apparent injury, forcing Jeff Lockie to come in at quarterback for the Ducks.From there on out it was all TCU, as the Frogs scored 31 unanswered points before overtime.After senior backup quarterback Bram Kohlhausen, who was named the game’s offensive MVP, converted on a 26 pass to Jaelan Austin for the Frogs’ first touchdown of the game to cut the Oregon lead to 31-10, the Frogs caught even more momentum when they recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Kohlhausen would run into the end zone himself shortly after to make it a 30-17 game.The Frogs would edge even closer when Jaden Oberkrom executed a field goal in the fourth quarter to make it a 31-20 game. After forcing Oregon to punt on the ensuing drive, the Frogs scored again when Aaron Green ran it into the end zone for a two yard touchdown.Rather than settling for an extra point, the Frogs went for two and converted when Shaun Nixon found Buck Jones in the end zone on a reverse pass.With seconds to go in the game and the Frogs once again getting the ball back after forcing an Oregon punt, Jaden Oberkrom knotted it at 31 when he hit a 22 yard field goal.“In the first half we were shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties,” Kohlhausen said. “In the second half we were able to get rolling, pick at that 31 points.”Both teams found the end zone in the first overtime, in which Oregon was forced to convert on 4th down to keep their hopes alive. A field goal by each team would send it into a third. That was when the Frogs came through.After Kohlhausen recorded a rushing touchdown and the Frogs failed to convert on the two-point conversion, the defense came through when it mattered most, batting down an Oregon pass on 4th down to complete a comeback for the ages.“You have to appreciate the leadership in these guy’s heads,” said outside linebacker Ty Summers. “There’s some big shoes to fill. I think we have guys that are going to be ready to fill these shoes in the next season.”Players said the game will be an experience they will remember for a lifetime.“This will be one I’ll tell my grandkids about,” Kohlhausen said. “I mean this is a night I thought would never happen. But I honestly just dedicate this one to Trevone [Boykin]. He was the one who showed me how to play like I did tonight.”The game wasn’t only special for Kohlhausen, who started at quarterback on two days notice. San Antonio native and senior Aaron Green was able to end his career in dramatic fashion right where he learned to play the game.“It meant a lot to win here, but most importantly it meant a lot for me to win my last game in purple with my teammates, with my brothers,” Green said.Green said it was the perfect example of TCU’s will to fight back in a season which the team faced so much adversity, something that extended to previous seasons.“We’ve been through a lot man,” Green said. “Just to be part of us turning this team around in the Big 12 means everything to me. These four years that I have been here is definitely something I will remember forever.”The game will all but certainly go down as one of the greater moments in TCU football’s storied history.“To win a ballgame like this, to come back, you have to have a bunch of plays that happen for you,” Patterson said.And the plays happened for the Frogs. Coach Patterson even dared to change his shirt from black to purple at halftime, a hot topic for TCU fans in the second half.“I did the same thing at [Iowa State],” Patterson said. “I started in black, we were down 21-0. I will never wear black again.”Whether it was some TCU magic or the will of a talented core of players to fight back until the end, the Frogs overcame their ultimate hurdle, and the players can enter 2016 victorious. Linkedin Dean Straka Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Dean Straka Twitter TCU players celebrate the team’s 47-41 comeback victory over Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. 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Dutch rivals quiet on relationship

first_img “It was difficult at the start of the season for them but I think they are on the way back and that showed the performances of the team and they won the last four games. “It’s a nice challenge for us on Monday.” United can go third if they beat Southampton, who are a point ahead of them in the table, and then face Liverpool but Van Gaal disputed suggestions the match against their Merseyside rivals was more important. He also believes the Saints can still be in the Champions League places at the end of the season. Van Gaal said: “Southampton play better at this time and have more points at this moment than Liverpool so I think it’s good that we have to play Southampton now. “I think they have a good squad, a lot of players that I know and who were offered to us. I think they are able to come in the top four but that’s also because I believe in the management in Ronald Koeman and his brother [Erwin].” Van Gaal also responded angrily to reports that he will be handed £100million or more to bring in new players. He added: “I think it’s disgusting always writing about numbers. I don’t think that [United executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward said anything about that, I don’t think I have said anything about that. “It is disrespectful to my players and I don’t like to talk about it. I have to work with the selection I have and I have respect for my selection and I believe in my players.” Wayne Rooney will be fit to face Southampton, Van Gaal confirmed. The United skipper had a scan on Thursday to examine a possible knee problem but has been given the all-clear. However record signing Angel di Maria will not be ready to return from his injury in time for the trip to the south coast. Van Gaal described Koeman as “a very good coach” but refused to talk about their relationship since the falling-out. The United manager told a news conference at the club’s Carrington training centre: “I don’t have to describe my relationship with the trainer of the opponent… that’s more private. “We play against Southampton and we have to speak about Southampton not speak about the coach.” Koeman took a similar line, saying: “The game is Southampton v Manchester Untied and the game needs that attention and not the attention about both managers because that’s private. “That was a working problem and I have to explain like that. “It’s not an issue because it is eight or nine years ago and now I prefer to talk about the game.” Asked about the relationship now, Koeman added: “Good. If we see each other we shake hands and that’s enough. “He’s a great coach. He needs time, he will get the time of the club. Koeman, now Southampton manager, worked under Van Gaal at Barcelona but the pair fell out when they were at Ajax in 2004, when Koeman was coach and Van Gaal the technical director. They shake hands on meeting now, according to Koeman, but Van Gaal referred to his former protege as “weak” in his autobiography and the closeness they once had never returned. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will cross swords with fellow Dutchman and his former assistant Ronald Koeman on Monday – but both managers have declared their personal relationship to be “private”. Press Associationlast_img read more

Joseph O’Brien to keep training flat and NH horses

first_imgThere had been speculation that the son of Ballydoyle kingpin Aidan was going to specialise.The former Irish champion jockey got his trainers’ licence in the summer weeks after masterminding Ivanovich Gorbatov’s victory in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.He believes the Piltown stables he operates from is full of potential winners.last_img