Jan 9, 2023 - News

TCU disappoints in title game

A quarterback gets dragged to the ground by a very large man

Everyone wearing purple had a rough night. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

TCU got walloped by Georgia in the national title game Monday night 65-7 — the biggest blowout in championship game history.

Why it matters: TCU overcame preseason underdog status to star on the national stage, calling attention to both the school and its home city.

  • Visit Fort Worth bought a full-page ad in Sunday's New York Times promoting the city.
A newspaper ad promoting Fort Worth
Courtesy of Visit Fort Worth

The big picture: Georgia was heavily favored going into the game and TCU looked outmatched from the start. TCU's quarterback, Heisman Trophy runner up Max Duggan, finished the game with only 152 yards passing and a stunning -38 yards rushing.

  • It was 38-7 at halftime.
  • At one point, the TV commentators said that it appeared to be raining in the stadium — but only in the TCU fan section.

Yes, but: Even with this loss, TCU's surprising championship run has raised its football program's profile. Players from all over the country will likely be interested in moving to Fort Worth.

Flashback: It's hard to overstate how terrible TCU's football team was a few decades ago — and how far they've come. In the 1970s, they lost to UT Arlington twice.

  • They once lost to Texas 81-16.

Of note: Shaquille O'Neal, who lives in Carrollton, announced before the game that if TCU lost, he'd eat a horned frog.

  • So ... that's something.

What else we're watching: Duggan plans to head to the NFL. We can't wait to see how his commitment and positive attitude transitions into a professional career.

The bottom line: It's hard to fathom on the heels of this painful loss, but TCU fans — and the entire city of Fort Worth — will look back on this magical season with wistful joy.

  • Eventually.

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