No. 6 TCU crushes No. 9 Ole Miss in Peach
ATLANTA — Gary Patterson knew just what to say when asked if TCU’s rout of Mississippi was a statement the Horned Frogs should have been in the four-team playoff.
“I don’t think I have to say anything,” Patterson said.
No need. The Horned Frogs said it all on the field.
Playing like a team motivated by the playoff snub, No. 6 TCU rode three touchdown passes from Trevone Boykin and a dominant defense to a 42-3 rout of No. 9 Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl on Wednesday.
Josh Doctson had two touchdown catches and Aaron Green ran for a score and added a touchdown reception for the Horned Frogs (12-1).
“We showed Atlanta, the crowd and everyone that we deserve to be in the playoffs competing for the national championship,” said receiver Kolby Listenbee, who threw a touchdown pass and had a scoring catch.
Added Doctson: “I think people around the nation will be talking about us for a while now.”
TCU fans also were thinking of the national championship they can’t win.
Late in the third quarter, when the lead was 42-0, TCU fans targeted the No. 1 seed in the playoff when they chanted “We want Bama!”
Ole Miss (9-4) lost four of its last six games. Bo Wallace threw three interceptions, including one caught in the Rebels end zone by defensive end James McFarland for a touchdown.
TCU looked like a championship contender to Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.
“TCU is a very good team,” Freeze said. “They deserved every mention they got this year to be in the hunt for one of the four. ... I’m glad I’m not on that committee to pick the four. They certainly could compete with any of the four in it, there’s no question in my mind.”
The action was as lopsided as the score. TCU finished with 423 yards and allowed only 129 to Ole Miss. The Rebels were held to 9 yards rushing in the biggest margin of victory in Peach Bowl history.
TCU led 28-0 at halftime.
“The first half was like a straight punch in the mouth,” said Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram.
Ole Miss ranked first in the nation with its average of only 13.8 points allowed. Turnovers and TCU’s quick-strike offense were too much to overcome.
Wallace completed only 10 of 23 passes for 109 yards with three interceptions.
The Rebels avoided the shutout when Gary Wunderlich kicked a 27-yard field goal with 7:18 remaining.
Boykin also had turnover problems, as he completed 22 of 31 passes for 187 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He had 10 carries for 65 yards.
No. 21 Boise State 38, No. 12 Arizona 30: At Glendale, Ariz., the Boise State Broncos are no longer just trick-play ponies.
They did score a touchdown on a Statue of Liberty play. This was the Fiesta Bowl, so of course they did.
But once the tricks were used up and the offensive fireworks dulled, Boise State had to grind out this Fiesta Bowl victory with its defense.
Donte Deayon returned an interception for a touchdown in third quarter and sack specialist Kamalei Correa had his biggest takedown of the season on the game’s final play, lifting No. 21 Boise State to a victory over No. 12 Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl.
“They hit us, we stiffened up and came up a winner,” Boise State linebacker Tanner Vallejo said.
Boise State (12-2) lived up to its unpredictable reputation in the first quarter, pulling off the Statue of Liberty play while racing to a 21-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes.
Jay Ajayi scored two of his three touchdowns in the first quarter — one on the trick play — and finished with 134 yards rushing. Grant Hedrick was perfect through his first 14 passes and threw for 304 yards and a touchdown. Thomas Sperbeck had 12 catches for 199 yards.
The bulk of those numbers came in the first half, though. Once the second rolled around, the Broncos bogged down, allowing Arizona to cut the lead to eight in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats had a final chance, using their quick-strike offense to march down the field, but Correa sacked Anu Solomon at Boise State’s 10-yard on the game’s last play.
The Broncos charged onto the field after Correa’s sack, celebrating a successful first season under coach Bryan Harsin with their third Fiesta Bowl victory.
No. 10 Georgia Tech 49, No. 8 Mississippi State 34: At Miami Gardens, Fla., Justin Thomas ran for three touchdowns and threw for another, and Georgia Tech rushed for 452 yards to beat Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl.
Thomas ran for 121 yards and threw for 125. Synjyn Days rushed for 171 yards and three scores, including a 69-yarder that defused Mississippi State’s comeback bid.
No. 10 Georgia Tech (11-3) earned its first Orange Bowl victory in 63 years. The Yellow Jackets improved to 2-8 in bowl games in the past 10 seasons.
No. 8 Mississippi State (10-3) lost three of its final four games after being ranked No. 1 for five consecutive weeks.
After Mississippi State scored on a Hail Mary pass, the Yellow Jackets bounced back with touchdowns on their first four possessions of the second half.