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2016 Liberty Bowl

SPECIAL THANKS BOWL HISTORY HONORS GEORGIA 126 | 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl TCU BOWL EVENTS WELCOME GAME 5: Oklahoma 52, TCU 46 Oct. 1 | Fort Worth, TX Kenny Hill threw for 449 yards and five touchdowns for the Frogs, including scoring strikes of 64 and 74 yards to Taj Williams in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough as No. 21 TCU fell to Oklahoma 52-46 in its second game of Big 12 action. Of Hill’s two fourth quarter tosses to Williams, the later end a stretch of 22 consecutive points for the Frogs that got them within 49-46. Williams finished with five catches for 210 yards. TCU fell to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12. Baker Mayfield made up for two lost fumbles with four touchdowns, running for two and throwing two to Dede Westbrook, as Oklahoma held on to win its Big 12 opener. ‘’To come into a road environment like that and battle back, and kind of take over the game, just completely take momentum, it’s good to see,’’ Mayfield said. ‘’The biggest thing is not stalling out in the second half.’’ After giving up 21 points in the first quarter for the first time in 20 years, the Sooners (2-2) went ahead to stay with 28 consecutive points in the second quarter. Westbrook was wide open on a flea flicker for a 67-yarder that put Oklahoma up 28-21, and Mayfield then hit in him stride again for a 40-yard score. The Sooners outscored TCU 42-3 over the second and third quarters to build a 25-point lead before the Frogs scored on three consecutive drives in the fourth quarter. ‘’Well, I like the way we fought back. What I wasn’t happy with was we did it when they let down,’’ TCU coach Gary Patterson said. DENZEL JOHNSON SACKED OKLAHOMA QUARTERBACK BAKER MAYFIELD ON THE GAME’S FIRST SERIES, FORCING A FUMBLE THAT TCU RECOVERED. THE HORNED FROGS THEN SCORED ON THEIR VERY NEXT PLAY TO TAKE AN EARLY LEAD. GAME 6: TCU 24, Kansas 23 Oct. 8 | Lawrence, KS After two years of close calls and dashing dreams against Kansas, the TCU Horned Frogs found themselves in another tight game with the Jayhawks. In the 2014 and 2015 matchups between the two conference foes, the games were decided by 10 points combined. The pattern continued when TCU (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) outlasted Kansas 24-23. ‘’KU has always played us hard,’’ TCU coach Gary Patterson said. ‘’... I’m going to do a better job of changing my signals. I thought (defensive coordinator) Coach (Clint) Bowen and the defensive group did a great job. It’s been three years he’s done a good job on us.’’ Kenny Hill completed 17 of 32 passes for 206 yards with one touchdown pass and one rushing score to help TCU squeak out its fourth win of the season. Kansas took a 23-14 lead late in the third quarter on Ryan Willis’ 21-yard run. But TCU answered early in the BRANDON HATFIELD CONNECTED ON A 34-YARD FIELD GOAL WITH 1:21 REMAINING TO PROPEL THE HORNED FROGS TO A 24-23 WIN.


2016 Liberty Bowl
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