More importantly, the Frogs' chances for their ninth consecutive bowl bid remained a possibility. The Frogs still need wins this week on the road against Kansas State and at home in their regular season finale against #5 Baylor.
"It was very important because we've got to take it one game at a time so we can get our seniors to a bowl game," junior receiver David Porter said. "It's just one step closer."
Junior defensive tackle Chucky Hunter said it was nice to finally be on the winning end of such a close game. He admitted his emotions got the better of him after the win.
"It was just amazing that we pushed through at the end. We've been so close in many games this year and it was just a great feeling to be able to get the victory at the end of the day," Hunter said. "I actually got emotional; I started having a little tear in my eyes. At TCU we're going to keep fighting and get up and fight again."
Trailing by a score of 17-14 with 2:34 remaining, the Frogs put together a 10-play, 58-yard drive that was capped by a Trevone Boykin 1-yard touchdown run. Porter said the offense didn't feel any extra pressure before heading out for the last drive.
"We stayed calm, we knew what we had to do and we just went out there and executed," Porter said.
Porter lauded the play of both Boykin and Casey Pachall in the win and has noticed the offense is getting in a rhythm with both signal callers.
"I feel like we're getting into a real good rhythm, we got our main leader back with Casey, he's a real motivational leader on the field," Porter said. "(Boykin) played great as usual, as you can see he can do it either at quarterback or receiver. He's just a great athlete; it's good to have people like that on your team."
The Frogs face another tough opponent on the road this week when they travel to the "Little Apple" to face Kansas State. The Wildcats are winners of three consecutive ball games, including last week's 49-26 win over Texas Tech in Lubbock.
Hunter knows the Frogs are going to have to play well on both sides of the ball to come out with a win.
"K-State is physical; they have a good offensive line, good quarterback and good receivers; they're offense is pretty good," Hunter said. "Their defense is good too; it's going to be a tough game. They have a fantastic quarterback so we're going to have to come with our game ready."
The Frogs will rely heavy on defense, just as they've done all year. Despite missing All-American Jason Verrett and starting free safety Elisha Olabode, the Frogs held the Cyclones to just 283 yards last week. Hunter says the Frog defenders rely on each other to help them through adversity.
"The thing about our defense, we really just push through it; we stick together like glue," Hunter said. "We get ready and say let's go get it. We play for each other. We play for the seniors really, to give them the best season they can have."
Porter and Hunter would like nothing better than to help the seniors advance to another bowl game. But, they're not looking ahead and know that without a win this Saturday, those hopes will be dashed.
"We've got to win this one before we can get to six," Porter said. "We got to get to a bowl game for our seniors."