TCU Leaves No Doubt in 42-3 win over Ole Miss
Atlanta, Georgia – Consider the message sent. TCU, ranked No.6, did that and more on Wednesday as they not only beat No.9 Ole Miss, they embarrassed them on national television with a 42-3 rout in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Horned Frogs set school records for most points (42) in a bowl game and largest margin of victory (39). With the win, TCU finished the season with a 12-1 record and will undoubtedly finish the season with their second top five ranking in the last five years. Ole Miss finished their season with a 9-4 record. The Frogs’ defense limited Ole Miss to a season-low 129 total yards and forced four turnovers. The Rebels managed just 9 rushing yards and quarterback Bo Wallace tossed three interceptions. The defense also sacked Wallace five times on the day. TCU extended its nation's-best streak to 15 consecutive games with at least one sack and one interception. Meanwhile, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin guided the Frogs offense to 423 yards while tossing three touchdowns. He was named the Peach Bowl Offensive MVP. TCU junior receiver Josh Doctson hauled in two of Boykin’s touchdown passes and finished the game with 6 catches for 59 yards. He finished the season with over 1,000 receiving yards, becoming TCU’s single-season record holder for yardage. With 11 touchdown receptions, Doctson is also TCU’s single-season touchdown record holder. It couldn’t have started worse for Ole Miss or better for TCU on the game’s opening drive when Wallace’s third down pass was intercepted by Frogs’ safety Chris Hackett. It took just one play for the Frogs to capitalize on the turnover as they pulled out a little trickery when Boykin tossed a pass to Kolby Listenbee who then fired to a wide-open Aaron Green for a 31-yard scoring toss that gave the Frogs a quick 7-0 lead. After forcing another Rebels’ punt, the Frogs took a little longer for their second touchdown of the day; this time using a 15-play, 78-yard drive that was capped by a 15-yard run by Green to put TCU ahead 14-0. The Frogs forced their second turnover of the quarter on the Rebels fourth possession when safety Derrick Kindred intercepted Wallace. However, TCU gave the ball right back on the next play after a failed hook and ladder attempt was recovered by C.J. Johnson. Ole Miss drove to the TCU 34-yard line but Rebels’ kicker Gary Wunderlich was wide left on a 52-yard field goal attempt. The first quarter ended with TCU holding a 14-0 lead while Ole Miss mustered just one first down. The Frogs got back on the scoreboard with their first drive of the second quarter, using an 11-play, 63 yard drive that was capped with a 12-yard scoring toss from Boykin to Doctson that gave the Frogs a 21-0 lead. The Frogs defense continued to dominate the Rebels in the second quarter as the Rebel offense couldn’t produce a first down in their first two drives. On their third possession and facing a 2nd and 10 from their own 2-yard line, the Frogs hurried Wallace once again and he threw a pass that was intercepted by TCU defensive end James McFarland in the end zone for the score. It was the third interception for Wallace and gave the Frogs a 28-0 lead heading into the half. The Frogs opened the third quarter with Boykin’s second touchdown pass of the day as he hit Listenbee with a 35-yard score. Listenbee made a great catch on the play as the ball was initially held by an Ole Miss defender. The score gave the Frogs a 35-0 lead. The drive was set up by a 65-yard kickoff return by Ranthony Texada. Just as it had gone in the first half, the Ole Miss offense continued to struggle mightily as Wallace fumbled on the Rebels first possession in the third quarter. It took just one play for the Frogs to score yet again, this time Boykin avoided a rush and hit Doctson from 27-yards out to give the Frogs a 42-0 lead. Ole Miss would have their best drive of the day midway through the third quarter as they had a 15-play, 71-yard drive down to the TCU 7. However, the Frogs defense answered the call again on three straight plays to keep the shutout intact. Ole Miss would finally get on the board late in the game after a Boykin pass was tipped and intercepted by Senquez Golson and returned to the Frogs 11-yard line. This time Wunderlich was able to convert a 27-yard field goal attempt.
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