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CFP Semi-Final: Fiesta Bowl: Texas Christian 51, Michigan 45

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

By RALPH D. RUSSO
AP College Football Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Max Duggan accounted for four touchdowns, TCU returned two interceptions for scores and the third-ranked Horned Frogs withstood a frenetic second-half surge by No. 2 Michigan to win the Fiesta Bowl 51-45 and advance to the College Football Playoff national championship.

It was the highest scoring Fiesta Bowl ever and the second-highest scoring CFP game behind Georgia's 54-48 Rose Bowl victory against Oklahoma on Jan. 1, 2018.

This one was 34-16 with 2:46 left in the third quarter and the Hypnotoads, a nickname borrowed for the animated TV show "Futurama," and their purple-clad fans could sense their wild ride wasn't over.

Of course, nothing has come easy for these Frogs all year. During their unbeaten regular season, they won seven straight games by 10 points or fewer.

What followed was five touchdown drives - with a TCU turnover tucked in between - each taking less than a minute.

Roman Wilson's 18-yard touchdown run on a reverse and a 2-point conversion pulled Michigan within 41-38 with 14:13 left in the fourth quarter.

Back came the Frogs, unleashing their best weapon. Future first-round draft pick Quentin Johnston took a short crosser from Duggan and turned it up the sideline for a 76-yard score that put the Frogs up 10.

TCU finally got a stop on Michigan's next possession and turned it into a 33-yard field goal by Griffin Kell to go up 51-38 with 10:02 left.

After the Frogs and Wolverines combined for 62 points in 20 second-half minutes, the pace was throttled back. But Michigan cut the lead to six with 3:14 left on J.J. McCarthy's 5-yard TD pass to Wilson.

TCU couldn't ice it and Michigan got one more shot, starting from its 25 with 52 seconds left - but couldn't get first first down.

Before TCU could line up in victory formation, there was an officials' review for targeting on the Frogs. What was another minute or so of drama in a season filled it for TCU?

The play was clean. Duggan, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, took one last snap and a knee and the exhausted Frogs rushed the field and celebrated under cloud of purple and white confetti.

December 31, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TCUMich
TCU TD 9:22 Bud Clark 41 yard interception return for TD (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 7 0
TCU TD 2:27 Max Duggan 1 yard TD run (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 14 0
Second Quarter TCUMich
Mich FG 13:46 Jake Moody 42 yard field goal 14 3
TCU TD 4:56 Taye Barber 6 yard TD pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 21 3
Mich FG 0:00 Jake Moody 59 yard field goal 21 6
Third Quarter TCUMich
Mich FG 9:29 Jake Moody 21 yard field goal 21 9
Mich TD 6:32 Ronnie Bell 34 yard TD pass from J.J. McCarthy (Jake Moody Extra Point) 21 16
TCU TD 4:25 Emari Demercado 1 yard TD run (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 28 16
TCU TD 2:52 Dee Winters 29 yard interception return for TD (Jordy Sandy 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 34 16
Mich TD 1:47 J.J. McCarthy 20 yard TD run (J.J. McCarthy 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 34 22
TCU TD 0:49 Max Duggan 1 yard TD run (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 41 22
Mich TD 0:03 Kalel Mullings 1 yard TD run (J.J. McCarthy 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 41 30
Fourth Quarter TCUMich
Mich TD 14:13 Roman Wilson 18 yard TD run (Ronnie Bell 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 41 38
TCU TD 13:07 Quentin Johnston 76 yard TD pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell Extra Point) 48 38
TCU FG 10:02 Griffin Kell 33 yard field goal 51 38
Mich TD 3:18 Roman Wilson 5 yard TD pass from J.J. McCarthy (Jake Moody Extra Point) 51 45
Team Stats
  TCU Michigan
First downs 19 26
  Rushing 13 7
  Passing 6 13
  Penalty 0 6
3rd Down Efficiency 8-16, 50% 3-13, 23%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 41-263 41-184
Passing Yards 225 343
Return Yards 176 102
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-29-2 20-34-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-7 4-38
Punts 6 5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties - Yards 7-85 5-28
TCU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Duggan 14 29 225 2 2
Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. McCarthy 20 34 343 2 2
TCU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Demercado 17 150 8.8 1
K. Miller 8 57 7.1 0
M. Duggan 15 57 3.8 2
Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Edwards 23 119 5.2 0
J. McCarthy 10 52 5.2 1
R. Wilson 1 18 18.0 1
K. Mullings 5 4 0.8 1
C. Loveland 1 -4 -4.0 0
TCU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Q. Johnston 6 163 27.2 1
J. Hudson 2 34 17.0 0
T. Barber 2 12 6.0 1
D. Davis 2 12 6.0 0
J. Wiley 1 6 6.0 0
E. Demercado 1 -2 -2.0 0
Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Bell 6 135 22.5 1
R. Wilson 5 104 20.8 1
C. Loveland 3 37 12.3 0
L. Schoonmaker 1 32 32.0 0
C. Johnson 2 30 15.0 0
D. Edwards 1 8 8.0 0
A. Henning 2 -3 -1.5 0
TCU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Clark 1 41
D. Winters 1 29
Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Sainristil 1 8
R. Moore 1 0
TCU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sandy 6 267 44.5
Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Robbins 5 223 44.6
TCU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Davis 1 31 31.0
Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Henning 2 16 8.0
TCU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Davis 4 75 18.8
Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Henning 3 78 26.0
TCU Missed FG
Player Length
Michigan Missed FG
Player Length




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