Unranked to start the season, TCU is headed to the National Championship game following the Horned Frogs 51-45 victory over favored Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl.
TCU'S DEFENSE COMES UP CLUTCH 😤 pic.twitter.com/pz6dbOvzIU
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TCU was led by star quarterback Max Duggan as he led the offense to a number of big plays against Michigan's highly ranked defense. The victory by the Horned Frogs led to a huge reaction on Twitter as Sonny Dykes' team withstood the Wolverines' comeback effort.
TCU IS GOING TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) January 1, 2023
What a hilariously stupid and awesome game. Congrats to TCU. They always belonged. 60 minutes from a Natty. 🐸
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) January 1, 2023
Duggan completed 14 of 29 passes for 225 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Duggan also added 57 yards on the ground and add 2 more scores as a runner, and he never lost his poise as the game unfolded.
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Michigan fell behind 21-6 at halftime, and the deficit grew to 41-22 late in the third quarter on Duggan's 1-yard scoring run. Michigan followed with two touchdowns that allowed them to climb within three points, but the Horned Frogs were undaunted as Duggan hit Quentin Johnston with a 76-yard TD pass and Griffin Kell added a field goal.
While Michigan would respond with another touchdown when J.J. McCarthy hit Roman Wilson with a 5-yard scoring pass, the Wolverines were unable to complete the comeback.
They were able to force a punt on TCU's next possession, but it came after a first down and Michigan had less than a minute to go the length of the field. TCU was able to shut Michigan down and the last play included a fumbled snap and never had a chance to succeed.
There was a massive celebration by TCU's fan base, while Michigan's supporters were shocked, disappointed and angered by their team's failure.