TCU headed to first Alamo Bowl, matched against Oregon of Pac-12

TCU coach Gary Patterson and his players wait to take the field before their game against Stephen F. Austin.
TCU coach Gary Patterson and his players wait to take the field before their game against Stephen F. Austin. Star-Telegram

TCU is going bowling in San Antonio for the first time.

The Horned Frogs accepted a bid Sunday to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl, matched against Oregon of the Pac-12 for a Jan. 2 game at the Alamodome. It is a matchup of two of the top offenses in college football. TCU was third in the nation in total yards, and Oregon sixth.

It will be the first Alamo Bowl for TCU, which will play in a postseason game for the 16th time in 18 years.

The Horned Frogs are 14-15-1 all-time in bowls.

“Our kids are excited to No. 1, play in Texas, and No. 2, get a chance to one more time enjoy the 2015 football season,” TCU coach Gary Patterson told bowl organizers in a conference call.

TCU, led by Davey O’Brien Award finalist quarterback Trevone Boykin and Biletnikoff Award finalist receiver Josh Doctson, went 10-2 in finishing third by a tiebreaker in the Big 12 with a 7-2 conference record.

Oklahoma State, also 7-2, earned the Big 12’s Sugar Bowl berth for the second-place team by virtue of its win over TCU.

The Horned Frogs were No. 11 in the final CFP rankings released Sunday, and also 11th in the Associated Press media and USA Today coaches polls.

“If you can score in the mid-50s and up with Coach Patterson’s defense, that’s a pretty lethal combination,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said.

Oregon, the fifth-best rushing offense in the nation with an average of 287.8 yards per game, finished second in the Pac-12’s North Division, going 9-3 with a 7-2 conference record. The Ducks were 15th in the CFP rankings, 15th in the AP poll and 14th in the coaches’ poll.

Kickoff is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.

“For us, this is a playoff game,” Patterson said. “Oregon is a team that, if they didn’t have injuries, would have been a top-four team. We feel like without a couple, we would have been like that.”

TCU and Oregon have played only twice before, and not since 1978. Oregon won 29-24 in Fort Worth in 1977, and TCU won 14-10 in Eugene in 1978. Under Patterson, TCU is 4-0 versus Pac-12 opponents. The Horned Frogs’ last game against a Pac-12 team was a 30-21 victory over No. 24 Oregon State in the 2010 Cowboys Classic season opener in Arlington.

TCU says three of its starters are San Antonio natives: running back Aaron Green (Madison High School), who rushed for 1,171 yards; safety Derrick Kindred (Wagner High School), second on the team in tackles; and linebacker Ty Summers (Reagan High School), the Walter Camp national defense player of the week after making 23 tackles Nov. 27 against Baylor.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

Valero Alamo Bowl

No. 11 TCU vs. No. 15 Oregon

5:45 p.m. Jan. 2, ESPN

Alamodome, San Antonio

Records: TCU 10-2, Oregon 9-3

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