Rapid Reaction: TCU completes the comeback, wins Valero Alamo Bowl in 3OT 47-41

After just 10 minutes, the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl had all the signs of a bloodbath. With new offensive coordinator Matt Lubick calling the plays, the Ducks shredded the TCU defense for four touchdowns in the first half, taking a 31-0 lead heading into the break.

It was far from over, though. In the second half, TCU scored 31 unanswered to send the game into overtime. Though it took two more overtime periods to decide the winner, the Horn Frogs completed the miraculous comeback.

Vernon Adams Jr., who passed for 197 yards and one touchdown, did leave for locker room early. He suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter and did not return.

Jeff Lockie, who stepped up in his place, finished 7-for-15 for 36 yards.

TCU’s veteran backup Bram Kohlhausen went 28-of-45 for 351, two touchdowns and one interception.

Key Plays

  • Darren Carrington, repping No. 22 in honor of his late best friend Markel Byrd, catches the first touchdown of the game, a 37-yard strike from Vernon Adams Jr.
  • Royce Freeman bursts in the end zone for a four-yard score to put the Ducks up 14-0 after the PAT.
  • Adams shakes a defender, rolls left and throws a deep bomb to Carrington, who comes up with the 44-yard reception. Freeman finishes off the drive with a rushing touchdown from five yards out. Ducks go up 21-0 before the end of the first quarter.
  • Tony Brooks-James rushes up the middle for 42 yards, then punches it in from five yards out. Ducks up 28-0 with 13:30 left in the second quarter.
  • TCU appeared to finally stop Oregon, but DeForest Buckner had other plans. TCU blocked Ian Wheeler’s punt and Buckner snatched it out of the air and ran it 10 yards for a first down.
  • Kicker Aidan Schneider booted a 47-yard field goal before halftime, putting the Ducks up 31-0.
  • Bram Kohlhausen lobs a 26-yard pass to Jaelan Austin for TCU’s first touchdown, cutting deficit to 31-10.
  • Charles Nelson fumbles the kick-off and TCU recovers. Kohlhausen then scores a two-yard touchdown on a QB keeper on fourth down to make it 31-17.
  • Tyson Coleman sacks Bram Kohlhausen on third down, forcing a fumble and the Frogs to kick a field goal. 31-20 with 7:45 to play.
  • Riding a 31-point second half comeback, Bram Kohlhausen connected with Emmanuel Porter on a contested seven-yard touchdown pass. Royce Freeman and the Ducks would answer back with a score of their own.
  • With the game on the line, Bram Kohlhausen rushed eight yards untouched, tiptoeing the sideline, for the final score of the game. Despite a failed two-point attempt — point after attempts are not allowed past the third overtime — TCU would hold on thanks to one last botched snap between backup center Doug Brenner and Jeff Lockie, forcing Oregon into yet another tough situation.


Oregon Passing 

Vernon Adams Jr. – 13-for-19 197 yards, one touchdown

Jeff Lockie — 7-for-15, 36 yards

TCU Passing 

Bram Kohlhausen – 28-for-45, 351 yards, two touchdowns, one interception

Oregon rushing 

Royce Freeman – 26 rushes, 130 yards, three touchdowns

Tony Brooks-James – 3 rushes, 50 yards, one touchdown

TCU rushing 

Aaron Green – 25 rushes, 101 yards, one touchdown

Bram Kohlhausen – 11 rushes, 45 yards, two touchdowns

Oregon receiving 

Darren Carrington – seven catches, 107 yards, one touchdown

Dwayne Stanford – three catches, 32 yards

Bralon Addison – five catches, 29 yards

TCU receiving 

Shaun Nixon – nine catches, 71 yards

KaVontae Turpin – five catches, 65 yards

Jaelan Austin – four catches, 67 yards, one touchdown

Oregon total offense – 419 yards

TCU total offense – 545 yards

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