The No. 3 TCU clinched its ticket to the College Football Playoff National Championship with a smashing 51-45 win over No. 2 Michigan in Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl.
In his first season as Horned Frogs coach, Sonny Dykes took AP’s pre-season unranked TCU team to a national championship game.
Dykes has been an unwavering leader in the TCU program and has found various ways to motivate the team throughout the season. His three weeks leading up to the semifinal match against the Wolverines were no exception.
In Saturday’s post-match interview following the victory, he detailed how the Horned Frogs mustered their motivation ahead of the matchup.
“All week long we’ve been hearing about Big Ten football and how they line up and run around us. They played a few but we stopped running.” ” Dykes said.
Michigan carried the ball for 186 yards a total of 40 times and needed to gain all the yardage they gained against the TCU defense on the ground, with the exception of a few big plays.
Michigan’s chunk play was in the air, but TCU’s two pick 6s were crucial to the result as the Horned Frogs await the winners of No. 1 Georgia and No. 4 Ohio State in the national championship. It has been proven.