So…they did it.

Maybe it was the fact that Oregon’s starting quarterback got injured and didn’t play in the second half. Maybe it was the fact that TCU’s offense found its rhythm after halftime. Or maybe, just maybe, it was the fact that Gary Patterson changed his shirt.

After trailing 31-0 at the end of the first half, TCU came all the way back and forced overtime in the Valero Alamo Bowl. The Horned Frogs and Ducks ended up in triple overtime, and TCU came out on top, 47-41.


When you trail by 31 points at halftime in your bowl game and you’re stuck with your backup quarterback after your starter was arrested for trying to punch a police officer, relying on simple scheme adjustments to be the catalyst for a comeback is unreasonable.

No need to tell TCU’s Gary Patterson this, though. He’s well aware.

At halftime of the Alamo Bowl, with nothing going in TCU’s favor and down 31 points, Patterson broke out all the stops. He left no stone unturned, no shirt unchanged — apparently.

As is always the case in the age of the internet, there are of course the conspiracy theorists.

Hold on one second!

TCU rattled off 17 unanswered points in the third quarter and entered the final frame down just two touchdowns. Even if you don’t think Patterson is superstitious, maybe he is a little stitious.