25 Thoughts vs. Ole Miss

The #6 TCU Horned Frogs throttled the #9 Ole Miss Rebels 42-3 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga. The Frogs made sure they left no doubt that they're one of the elite teams in the country.

25. The TCU defense got off to a great start when Chris Hackett picked off Bo Wallace for his 7th interception of the season on Ole Miss’ opening drive. The Frogs came out ready to play from the first snap and the defense set the tone early.

24. TCU wasted little time scoring as Trevone Boykin hit Kolby Listenbee on a backwards pass that Listenbee caught then turned and threw downfield for a TD to Aaron Green. The play covered 31 yards and TCU jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 14:00 left in the 1st quarter and the route was on.

23. After TCU’s defense forced a punt from Ole Miss, the TCU offense started moving at a blistering pace. Boykin hit Emanuel Porter for 9 yards on a 4th and 1 play that moved the ball to the Ole Miss 27 yard line. A couple of plays later, Aaron Green ran it in from 15 yards out to make it 14-0 TCU with 6:23 left in the 1st quarter.

22. Derrick Kindred had a solid game but his tackle on 3rd and 2 for Ole Miss forced another punt by the Rebels. Kindred was all over the field on Wednesday and he helped TCU’s defense absolutely stifle Bo Wallace and his teammates.

21. TCU would struggle on their next possession after taking the punt and starting on their own 12 yard line. On 3rd down, Joey Hunt uncorked a bad snap that Boykin quickly picked up off of the turf and threw it out of bounds. TCU would be forced to punt but Kindred would show up big again on the first play from scrimmage for Ole Miss on the ensuing drive. The talented junior DB picked off Wallace and set TCU up in good position at their own 42 yard line.

20. TCU had all of the momentum but they tried to get a little too tricky. Boykin hit David Porter on a quick hitch then Porter tried to pitch it to Green running out of the backfield. The pitch was a little off and Ole Miss recovered the fumble at the TCU 34. The TCU defense would hold yet again as they stuffed Ole Miss and forced them in to a 52 yard FG attempt, which they missed.

19. TCU finished with 5 sacks of Wallace on the afternoon. One of them came on the last play of the 1st quarter as Chucky Hunter and Chris Bradley met at the QB for a statement play to wrap up the first 15 minutes of game time.

18. Boykin connected on his 1st TD pass of the game in the 2nd quarter when he hit Josh Doctson for 12 yards and the score. The TD was Doctson’s 10th TD reception of the season and it made the score 21-0 TCU with 11:00 left in the 2nd quarter.

17. TCU really began to pour it on both offensively and defensively in the 2nd quarter. Tevin Lawson got in on the action when he sacked Bo Wallace on 3rd down and then gave the “Land Shark” sign as he ran off the field. TCU really started feeling it in the 2nd quarter and they were letting Ole Miss know that they wouldn’t be able to stay on the field with the Frogs on this day.

16. After TCU was held on their next possession, Ethan Perry hit a beautiful punt that Ole Miss fair caught at their own 9 yard line. Paul Dawson would sack Bo Wallace at the Ole Miss 1 yard line and force a Rebel punt from their own end zone. Dawson showed why he was the Big 12 defensive player of the year all afternoon as he finished with 8 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

15. After Boykin threw a pick that Ole Miss that allowed Ole Miss to take over on their won 2 yard line, the TCU defense pinned their ears back and brought the house against Bo Wallace. On the first play, TCU narrowly missed getting a safety as Wallace dove out of the end zone to avoid a sack. On the next play, he wasn’t so lucky. Paul Dawson hit Bo Wallace as he was back pedaling and Marcus Mallett came in and cleaned up the mess. The attempt by Wallace to throw the ball away was thwarted when James McFarland read the play perfectly and dove for the ball, intercepting it and scoring the TD. The play made it 28-0 TCU with 2:00 left before the half.

14. TCU finished off the first half in dramatic fashion as Terrell Lathan sacked Bo Wallace for the 5th TCU sack as time expired. The Frogs took the 28-0 lead in to halftime and Ole Miss looked like they were shell shocked as they went to the locker room. Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram summed up the first half best when he said after the game, “the first half was like a straight punch in the mouth.”

13. Ranthony Texada wasted little time announcing his presence in the 3rd quarter when he returned the opening kickoff 65 yards to the Ole Miss 35 yard line. The redshirt freshman started returning kicks late in the season but it hasn’t taken long for him to show the type of skills you like to see in a return man. 2015 will be a big season for Texada.

12. Boykin and TCU let the world know that they weren’t going to be satisfied with the 28-0 lead right away. Boykin dropped back and threw a jump ball in to double coverage that looked like it was going to be intercepted but Kolby Listenbee went high for the ball and pulled it from the clutches of the Ole Miss defender. It was Listenbee’s 4th TD reception on the season and it made the score 35-0 TCU with 13:37 left in the 3rd quarter.

11. TCU was relentless yet again on defense as Marcus Mallett stripped Bo Wallace of the football as he tried to tuck it and run. Chucky Hunter fell on the ball to get credit for the recovery and TCU was in business at the Ole Miss 27 yard line.

10. TCU, as they did all night, wasted no time capitalizing on the Ole Miss mistake. Boykin dropped back and fired a dart in to the end zone that Josh Doctson hauled in for his 11th TD of the season. The score made it 42-0 TCU with 13:09 left in the 3rd quarter.

9. It was evident that TCU was taking their foot off of the gas with 10 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Say what you will about Coach Patterson’s philosophy of not humiliating teams when they obviously could, but he once again showed that he’s a class act by not rubbing it in to Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Rebels.

8. Ole Miss looked to finally have something going late in the 3rd quarter after the put together a 15 play drive and found themselves on the TCU yard line. After TCU held on 3rd down, Ole Miss went for it on 4th down. On the 4th down play, the Ole Miss center snapped the ball errantly, forcing Wallace to have to chase the ball down. He scooped it up and tried to toss it to his running back, but the runner was dropped by the Frogs at the TCU 26. The play ended up being a 19 yard loss and TCU once again snuffed out an Ole Miss attempt to score.

7. Jaden Oberkrom had a chance to make it 45-0 but he missed a 42 yard FG. He had been hot down the stretch this year and he’ll still be in the mix to win the Lou Groza award in 2015, an award given to the nation’s top kicker.

6. An interception of Boykin by Ole Miss was returned down to the TCU 11 yard line to set up the Rebel’s only score of the night. After watching the replay, it appeared that TCU got hosed on the non-call. It looked like Cameron Echols-Luper was able to knock the ball loose before the runner hit the ground and the Frogs recovered it but they play was never reviewed.

5. Ole Miss would log the final score of the game after TCU held them out of the end zone again, forcing them to kick a short FG to make it 42-3 TCU with 7:18 left in the game. That would be the final score but it was clear to anyone watching that TCU could have scored 60+ points if they had chosen to. With the win, the Horned Frogs set themselves up for a pretty lofty ranking in the 2015 pre-season poll.

4. The attendance for the game was 65,706. While it was an impressive turnout, it fell short of the sellout, breaking a streak of 17 straight years for the Peach Bowl.

3. Trevone Boykin won offensive MVP and James McFarland won defensive MVP of the Peach Bowl. Both players will return in 2015.

2. TCU outgained the Rebels 423-129 in total yardage. The Frogs rolled up 246 yards passing and 177 yards rushing on the afternoon against the top scoring defense in the country. Coming in, Ole Miss had only allowed 13 points per game.

1. The last time TCU beat an SEC team in a bowl game was 1936. “Slingin’” Sammy Baugh led TCU to a Sugar Bowl win over LSU. The 39 point victory also stands as Ole Miss’ largest bowl deficit in school history.

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