Nine Interception Cheez-It Bowl won by TCU
In a game that featured a Cheez-It Bowl record nine interceptions, the TCU Horned Frogs found a way to outlast the California Golden Bears for a 10 – 7 overtime win at Chase Field in Phoenix Arizona.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson said after the game, “You know,, where we sat five or six weeks ago, seven weeks ago, at 4 – 6, and have an opportunity to really win four out of our last five ball games and claw back and do the things they’ve done, it’s a testament to the kind of kids that we have plus that the program’s been able to do.”
Patterson went on, “I’m very thankful for all the TCU fans that came. I know it’s the 26th, so it was the day after Christmas and all those things. People have to make sacrifices and for the crowd that was here and the people that were cheering, maybe there was a lot of people in Phoenix that decided to wear purple, but it seems like there was a lot of purple in the stands.
On the other side of the ball, Golden Bears head coach Justin Wilcox stated, “Obviously, we’re disappointed in the outcome of the game. We just made too many mistakes during the game to win against a quality opponent like that. More than anything, I’m just really proud of our players and their toughness and their perseverance and through some adverse times we had today.” He continued, “We as coaches, starting with me, have to give our guys answers in the off-season.
On throwing five interceptions, coach Wilcox said, “Just some decision making and, you know, we got to protect the ball better. It’s just obvious. I think we know that. We gotta take better care of the ball. They know it, and it’s our job to help push this thing forward. And it starts with me.”
In all, Golden Bears quarterbacks Chase Garbers and Chase Forrest, passed 17/33 for 164 yards and 5 interceptions.
TCU quarterbacks were no better. Grayson Muehlstein and Justin Rogers combined for 8/21 for a total of 27 yards and four interceptions. Three of those going to Jaylinn Hawkins who set a Cheez-It Bowl record with those three interceptions.
TCU had a chance to win the game in regulation, but kicker Cole Bounce missed a 44-yard field goal as time expired.
In overtime, with a chance to win again, TCU went with kicker Jonathan Song and he delivered on a 27-yard field goal.