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TCU fans greet Iowa State fan Abby Faber with ovation

Abby Faber came out to cheers from the crowd at Amon G. Carter Stadium at the end of the first quarter Thursday night. She was joined by Kate Hults, left, and Kaitlyn Cosenza, who are part of the student group TCU Rangers.
Abby Faber came out to cheers from the crowd at Amon G. Carter Stadium at the end of the first quarter Thursday night. She was joined by Kate Hults, left, and Kaitlyn Cosenza, who are part of the student group TCU Rangers. Star-Telegram

TCU fans said hello to their favorite Iowa State fan Thursday night. Then Trevone Boykin gave her his autograph.

After surpassing former quarterback Andy Dalton’s school record for total offense in a 40-10 victory over West Virginia, Boykin reunited with Abby Faber in the postgame press conference and made one last handoff. He gave Faber and her family a signed print of the photo taken of the two of them at the coin toss before the Iowa State game.

TCU coach Gary Patterson called Faber the team’s “guest Frog,” and Boykin called her an inspiration after giving the 7-year-old the signed print. It may have been past Abby’s bedtime, as she yawned in acceptance and said she hoped to see her new friend again.

“She’s a strong little girl and she’s blessed with the type of family she has,” Boykin said. “She’s powerful in her own way. She’s always smiling, and it was just a blessing to have her here.

Abby, whose photo with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin gained Internet fame, came out to cheers from the crowd at Amon G. Carter Stadium at the end of the first quarter.

She and her family stood near the end zone on the southwest corner of the stadium, receiving an ovation as their images appeared on the video board. The Fabers were guests of the Horned Frogs, having flown in earlier in the day on a private jet.

Abby, diagnosed at 3 with a form of cerebral palsy, was a “kid captain” for the coin toss at the TCU-Iowa State game on Oct. 17. She joined the captains from both teams, and Boykin knelt to greet her and ask her name. A photograph by Paul Moseley of the Star-Telegram captured the moment.

Boykin posted the photo to his Instagram account the next day, and the image began to circulate to thousands. TCU fans began an online fundraiser to help with medical expenses and raised more than $30,000.

Staff writer Carlos Mendez contributed to this report.

Matt Martinez: 817-390-7760, @MCTinez817

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