#15 TCU Completes Another Epic Valero Alamo Bowl Comeback Over #13 Stanford
BOX SCORE: 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
#15 TCU 3 7 13 16 39
#13 Stanford 14 7 10 6 37
Since 2005, 10 Valero Alamo Bowls have not been decided until the final
minutes. The 2017 Valero Alamo Bowl was no different as #15 TCU held
on in the final minutes to win 39-37 against #13 Stanford.
The Horned Frogs now hold the first and second largest comebacks in Valero
Alamo Bowl history, overcoming a 21-3 first-half deficit this year against Stanford
and a 31-point deficit at halftime against Oregon two years ago in a thrilling
triple overtime win.
Stanford controlled the ball in the first half, including a 15-yard run from running
back and Heisman finalist Bryce Love in the first quarter and two touchdown
passes from quarterback KJ Costello to wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside to
take a 21-3 lead at the half.
TCU stormed back in the second half behind big plays from quarterback Kenny
Hill, who won Valero Alamo Bowl offensive MVP honors, and a 76-yard punt return
from receiver Desmon White, which broke a Valero Alamo Bowl record.
In the fourth consecutive Top-15 matchup in Valero Alamo Bowl history, TCU
receiver Jalen Reagor racked up 169 receiving yards, third-best in Valero Alamo
Bowl history, and recorded another Valero Alamo Bowl record 93-yard touchdown
catch in the fourth quarter.
Stanford’s Bryce Love ran for 145 yards and had a 69-yard touchdown run
in the third quarter, while Costello and Arcega-Whiteside connected for a Valero
Alamo Bowl record third touchdown pass in the fourth quarter giving Stanford a
37-36 lead with 6:42 on the clock.
TCU’s Cole Bunce’s 33-yard field goal with just over three minutes left put the
Horned Frogs up 39-37 and an interception by safety Innis Gaines with two minutes
left secured a TCU victory.
TCU linebacker Travin Howard earned Valero Alamo Bowl defensive MVP honors
for the second time in the last three years after tallying four solo and six assisted
tackles on the night.
#15 TCU Celebrates After
116 DECEMBER 31, 2019 / OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM