Reactions, sights and stats from TCU’s College Football Playoff semi-final win

Reactions, sights and stats from TCU’s College Football Playoff semi-final win

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  • January 1, 2023
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The College Football Playoffs got off to an entertaining start with the College Football Playoffs Semifinals at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl between the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines and the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.

TCU extended a 21:6 lead by half-time, then things got exciting in the third quarter. The Wolverines and Horned Frogs combined for 44 points in the frame. Michigan continued the comeback effort in the fourth, but TCU held on to the 51-45 win.

The Horned Frogs become the first Big 12 team to compete for a CFP title. It’s a second straight season for Michigan to be relegated in the CFP semifinals.

Here’s a look at some of the huge numbers from this exciting competition:

96: This is the total number of points scored in this year’s Fiesta Bowl, the new Fiesta Bowl record. He surpasses the 1996 mark of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Florida Gators (86 points). It is the third-highest scoring CFP game and third-most combined points in an AP Top 5 match of all time.

51: The Horned Frogs’ 51 points are the most in a bowl game in school history. It is also the fifth 50-point game by a team in CFP history.

Michigan also made history. The 51 points is the second most times the team has given up in a bowl game. It is the third time a Jim Harbaugh-coached Wolverines squad has conceded more than 50 points during his tenure. The other two instances both came against the Ohio State Buckeyes (62 in 2018 and 56 in 2019).

44: TCU and Michigan combined for 44 points in the third quarter. That’s the most points scored in a quarter in CFP history, breaking the previous record of 40 set by the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide in the fourth quarter of the 2016 national championship game.

This is the BIGGEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAME EVER!!!

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 1, 2023

Michigan defense takes the day off!!!

— Tamba Hali (@TambaHali91) January 1, 2023

This game is crazy 🔥

— FL ⚡️ SH (@Melvingordon25) January 1, 2023

This game is outrageous!!!!

– Chef David Njoku (@David_Njoku80) January 1, 2023

This game is crazy 🔥

— FL ⚡️ SH (@Melvingordon25) January 1, 2023

What a damn game!!

— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) January 1, 2023

Over 45: Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl was the second AP top five matchup in the Poll Era (since 1936) in which each team scored over 45 points. The other event was the 2018 Rose Bowl, also a playoff semifinal, between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Oklahoma Sooners.

1: The Horned Frogs end a winning streak for the Big 12 as the conference teams went 4-0 in Saturday’s CFP games.

Stars took to social media to comment on the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl

Horned frogs thrive in the desert. 🎉#GoFrogs #DFWBig12Team #FiestaFrogs pic.twitter.com/n6bcM97Bxe

— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) January 1, 2023

ALL HALL THE HYPNOTOAD.#FiestaFrogs | #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/ejtLaOhdjO

— Vrbo Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) January 1, 2023

Go to the ship! #FiestaFrogs #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/wyaofwAPSO

— TCU Athletics (@TCU_Athletics) January 1, 2023

Frogs!!!!

— Andy Dalton (@andydalton14) January 1, 2023

OHHSHBSMSSKSKSKSNSNSBHWJA TCU DID IT!!!! CONGRATULATIONS @TCUFootball WELL DESERVED! #GOFROGS

SEE YOU IN LA.

— TCU (@TCU) January 1, 2023

Yes! 1 of 2 so far… let’s go UGA!!

— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 1, 2023

MAX DUGGAN HAS THE FROG IN HIM 😤 #CFBPlayoff

🐸 282 yds total
🐸 4 total TD
🐸 Vrbo Fiesta Bowl champions
🐸 Travel to play for the national title pic.twitter.com/9nEZA9ieCJ

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) January 1, 2023

Yes TCU!!!!! Let’s go!!!!!! Big 12 finally in Natty!!!!!

— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) January 1, 2023

Wow. Tcu!

— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) January 1, 2023

Congratulations on reaching the big game!!! @TCU !!!!

Smoking on this Wolverine pack! pic.twitter.com/Y0bJqgImsN

— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) January 1, 2023

Here are the landmarks and scenes from the game in Glendale, Arizona:

Scenes from the Fiesta Bowl

TCU added another touchdown in the second quarter thanks to a 6-yard touchdown pass from Max Duggan to Taye Barber. Michigan kicker Jake Moody hit two field goals in the frame and the Wolverines led 21-6 at halftime.

I hope TCU vs UGA 💯
TCU Reppin the 12 now! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) December 31, 2022

KNOCK KNOCK 👀 pic.twitter.com/CjNP31zoyO

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2022

Good half of football TCU, regroup and let’s put another one together!

— Reag (@jalenreagor) December 31, 2022

HALFTIME MOOD 🐸@TCUFootball leads Michigan, 21-6, in @CFBPlayoff Semifinals 💪 pic.twitter.com/yGSqfFMJJ7

— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) December 31, 2022

🐸 🤫 pic.twitter.com/8243CuHlUu

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2022

A strong first quarter

A pick-six from safety Bud Clark and a touchdown run from quarterback Max Duggan gave TCU a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. Horned Frogs fans in the stands and on social media were thrilled with the team’s quick start.

Yes indeed!!!!!!! Let’s go TCU!!

— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) December 31, 2022

I don’t tweet much but you best believe I’m psyched right now.. LFG TCU!!!

— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) December 31, 2022

.@TCUFootball shows mine @Dallas Cowboys How do I start a playoff game!!!! 14-0

— Michael Irvin (@michaelirvin88) December 31, 2022

TCU fans were 🔥 HYPED after the pick six#CFBPlayoff pic.twitter.com/H6JRDlsCcA

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2022

A star there

Team USA Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps showed up in Arizona to compete in the CFP semifinals.

Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

Huddle before the game

Attack and dominate!#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/PyKHPLjp8q

— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 31, 2022

arrival

The Wolverines are there!#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/yZdhbFIroz

— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 31, 2022

📍 Fiesta Bowl#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/1fjstLhrMM

— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 31, 2022

The arrival. #GoFrogs #DFWBig12Team #FiestaFrogs pic.twitter.com/XJi62nnQAN

— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) December 31, 2022

Frogs roll in. #GoFrogs #DFWBig12Team #FiestaFrogs pic.twitter.com/EIXsTX53ZC

— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) December 31, 2022

what they wear

Michigan is keeping things traditional while TCU goes with the all-white.

Fight them until hell freezes over, then fight them on the ice ⚪️⚪️⚪️#GoFrogs #DFWBig12Team #FiestaFrogs pic.twitter.com/z4CaAvvGbo

— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) December 31, 2022

Looks sharp in the desert 🏜#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/7EkWB4A5SC

— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 31, 2022

Animals making pickaxes

If you can trust the forecasts of mongooses or rhinos…

Frogsby90.mp4

Tomorrow is game day! Our meerkat mob started and was clearly favored @TCUFootball purple over @UMichFootball Blue for the big duel. reef ram bah ZOO! pic.twitter.com/JbSx62igsc

— Fort Worth Zoo (@FortWorthZoo) December 30, 2022

𝐂𝐡𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐢 “𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐞” 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧! 🦏

That @phoenixzooThat’s what the one-horned rhino explained @UMichFootball will win the 2022 @Vrbo #FiestaBowl. pic.twitter.com/HRCFNXmsRd

— Vrbo Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) December 30, 2022

Fans check in

GO BLUE! WOOOOO! @UMichFootball pic.twitter.com/bKh4FB0cYT

— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) December 31, 2022

TCU has alumni and apparently the entire Dallas Fort Worth area behind it.

let’s go @TCU 🚀 pic.twitter.com/sIvYPVT2W0

— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) December 31, 2022

Let’s FIESTA!

Much luck, @TCUFootball!

We’re all cheering for you from home 💚💜#CFBPlayoff | #FiestaBowl | #TexasHockey pic.twitter.com/Xd7OT01NRK

— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 31, 2022

Go frogs!!! #BTHOmichigan 🐸⬆️

— Jim Schlossnagle (@CoachSchloss) December 31, 2022

It’s game day, let’s go @TCUFootball !!!! 🌵🏜️🐸🔥

— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) December 31, 2022

The first Texas team to play in the @CFBPlayoff is from FORT WORTH! 📍

congratulations to @TCUFootball to an incredible season and make the whole DFW proud of the @Fiesta_Bowl! 🐸😈 #GoFrogs #FrogsBy90 #DFWBig12Team #FiestaFrogs pic.twitter.com/lWLdgQpUjy

— DFW Airport (@DFWAirport) December 30, 2022

ESPN stats and information contributed to this story

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