They finished the game in extra time after Duggan was stopped just short of the line in the second run and Kendre Miller was crammed in for a short straight run to the middle, the last of which came as full-back Daniel Green and nose guard Eli Huggins met Miller into the hole, causing the Kansas State defense to jump off the field.
On the next hold, Kansas State got its first goal before Ty Zentner’s 31-yard goal split the post, kicking off a jubilant Kansas State celebration and letting TCU show it off. present his case to the committee.
TCU coach Sonny Dykes said: “Our hope is not to depend on a beauty pageant. “Our hope is to break the door and we’re the champions of the Big 12 and there’s no arguing about that.”
There’s always been something unsettling about how the college football season ends. During the 1991 season, Georgia Tech and Colorado split the national championship, then Washington and Miami did the same the following year, followed by Michigan and Nebraska six years later. That led to the Bowl Championship Series, pitting the two top-ranked teams against each other.
That gave way to a four-team knockout starting with the 2014 season.
In fact, semi-finals are rarely exciting. Nine of the 16 semi-finals have been decided by 20 points or more – and only Georgia’s two losses to Oklahoma in extra time after the 2017 season and Clemson’s comeback against Ohio State in 2019, have come to an end.
Rarely does a knockout match include a lucky interloper.
Cincinnati was acquitted last year after losing to Alabama, and although TCU is a member of a more prestigious conference, the Big 12, there are still raw emotions from the first year of the playoffs as the only defeat. of Horned Frogs – 61-58 at Baylor – enough to knock them out of the knockout stages. Baylor, the only loss in West Virginia, was also disqualified – in part because the Big 12 didn’t have a championship game.
“The Big 12 is in a different place than it was then,” says Dykes. “I think they will see it differently, but at the same time you don’t know. Obviously I’m concerned, but I have faith in the committee.”