ATLANTA, GA. (Sporting Alert,) — No. 6 TCU made a statement with a blowout 42-3 victory over No. 9 Ole Miss in the 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl here in Atlanta in the New Year’s Six opener on Wednesday.
The Horned Frogs (12-1) were recording its largest margin of victory in a bowl game and the first win over an SEC team in over 80 years. The stats guru also noted that the 42 points allowed by Ole Miss was the highest in a bowl by any team that was ranked first in scoring defense at the end of the regular season in the last 10 years.
Trevone Boykin was 22 of 31 for 188 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions, while rushing for another 65 yards in the win.
Josh Doctson had six catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns, while Aaron Green scored two touchdowns and had combined rushing and receiving total yards of 126.
After dominating the first half to take a 28-0 advantage, TCU rattled up 14 more unanswered points in the third quarter to open up the gap before Gary Wunderlich made a 27 yard field goal for Ole Miss (9-4) and ended the Horned Frogs’ shutout quest.
Coming into the game, most of the talking was about the TCU’s offense, but head coach Gary Patterson had high praises for his defense, which held the Rebels to just nine rushing yards and 129 total yards.
“They’ve heard for a whole month, all about Ole Miss offense and we’ve been playing defense out here for a long time so these guys had a mission and they wanted to play well today and I think they did,” Patterson told reporters after his team held their opponents to 10 first downs and 3 of 15 in 3rd down efficiency.
Meanwhile, Patterson also believes his team’s dominating performance to win the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl was a statement for being snubbed from the playoff by the selection committee.
“I don’t have to say anything. I think for next year and what happen this year I think everybody can see what kind of football team this is,” the coach said.
“Our kids practiced all December like they wanted to be here and we came out wanting to play.”
But while TCU celebrated, Mississippi veteran quarterback Bo Wallace was left in disappointments.
Wallace came into the game hoping to become the first Rebels quarterback to start and win three bowl games, but from the get-go you could tell it was going to be a very difficult afternoon for him.
In the end, he finished 10 of 23 passes for 109 yards and three interceptions, including a pick-six.
Both teams opened the contest with mistakes, but it’s the Horned Frogs, who capitalized on the turnover chances and scored four touchdowns entering the break.
TCU raced out to a first quarter 14-0 lead before Doctson caught his 10th touchdown pass of the season to increased the score to 21-0 early in the second quarter.
James McFarland returned an interception for another score with 2:00 left in the half, as Derrick Kindred, Chris Hackett also collected missed-placed passes from Wallace.
Quarterback teammate Kolby Listenbee, who shared the duties with Boykin, completed his lone pass to Green for a 31 yard score during the first half.
Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil was forced to leave the field in a cart late in the first half after a right leg injury. He was applauded by both selections of the stands as he’s wheeled off the pitch, while several TCU players came over to encouraged him while he sat on the field.
|SCORING SUMMARY: NO. 6 TCU v NO. 9 OLE MISS||MISS||TCU|
|14:09||Touchdown||7-K.Listenbee complete to 22-A.Green. 22-A.Green runs 31 yards for a touchdown.||0||6|
|14:00||Extrapoint||33-J.Oberkrom extra point is good.||0||7|
|06:29||Touchdown||22-A.Green runs 15 yards for a touchdown.||0||13|
|06:23||Extrapoint||33-J.Oberkrom extra point is good.||0||14|
|11:04||Touchdown||2-T.Boykin complete to 9-J.Doctson. 9-J.Doctson runs 12 yards for a touchdown.||0||20|
|11:00||Extrapoint||33-J.Oberkrom extra point is good.||0||21|
|02:06||Touchdown||14-B.Wallace incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 40-J.McFarland at MIS End Zone. 40-J.McFarland runs no gain for a touchdown.||0||27|
|02:00||Extrapoint||33-J.Oberkrom extra point is good.||0||28|
|13:46||Touchdown||2-T.Boykin complete to 7-K.Listenbee. 7-K.Listenbee runs 35 yards for a touchdown.||0||34|
|13:37||Extrapoint||33-J.Oberkrom extra point is good.||0||35|
|13:17||Touchdown||2-T.Boykin complete to 9-J.Doctson. 9-J.Doctson runs 27 yards for a touchdown.||0||41|
|13:09||Extrapoint||33-J.Oberkrom extra point is good.||0||42|
|07:22||Fieldgoal||97-G.Wunderlich 27 yards Field Goal is Good.||3||42|