TCU walked the tightrope on the rod against in-state rival Baylor on Saturday but managed to keep its undefeated season alive for another week. And with it, the Horned Frogs kept their College Football Playoff hopes alive and well. You have to see how TCU won the game to believe it.
With the clock running, TCU’s offense ran a running play on third down and was tackled inbounds. The offense had to rush off the field and the field goal unit scrambled onto the field as the final seconds approached, and the game-winning field goal sailed through the uprights for the win. This after TCU missed a game-tying two-point conversion on their previous drive as they tried digging out of a second-half hole against Baylor.
Here’s what the game-winning sequence looked like in real-time.
TCU’s win helps keep the Horned Frogs in the running for the College Football Playoff for the first time in program history. But what does that mean for Penn State?
It may not mean too much as far as whether or not Penn State plays in a New Years Six bowl game. Or it could damage the chances or limit the potential options.
The Big 12 has an automatic bowl tie-in with the Sugar Bowl, but if the Horned Frogs are selected for a spot in the playoff, then another Big 12 team would get that spot. The reason that matters is any Penn State holding out hope for an outside shot at the Rose Bowl may be a bit more concerned. The Rose Bowl only opens up for Penn State if there are two teams (Ohio State and Michigan) in the College Football Playoff. The Horned Frogs not reaching the playoff helps that mission.
Michigan avoided a setback at home as well with its own game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the game. Michigan clipped Illinois, 19-17 to remain undefeated, although even with a close loss, Michigan’s playoff chances were still pretty good with a chance to beat Ohio State next week.
Of course, for any of this to matter, Penn State still needs to handle its business first.
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