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As Patterson changed wardrobe, TCU’s Alamo Bowl momentum shifted

At halftime, TCU coach Gary Patterson changed his attire from a black shirt and visor to a purple top and purple visor.

Social media and the telecast analysts noticed. Patterson might hang on to that combination for good luck.

With the 47-41 win in three overtimes, TCU had the largest come-from-behind win in the Patterson era. Overcoming a 31-point deficit surpassed the 18-point comeback in 2005 at BYU.

Oregon’s 31-0 halftime lead was the biggest in Alamo Bowl history, eclipsing UCLA’s 31-6 advantage over Kansas State a year ago.

In the second half, TCU amassed 356 yards of total offense to Oregon’s 18.

Slow start

TCU is used to slow offensive starts in bowl games under Patterson.

In six of Patterson’s 13 bowl games entering the Alamo Bowl, the Horned Frogs failed to score in the first quarter.

But Saturday was the first time a Patterson-led team did not score in the first half of a bowl game.

The shutout ended TCU’s nation-leading streak of touchdowns in the first quarter at 25 games. The Big 12-record streak was the longest since 1996.

The last time TCU was held without a touchdown in the first quarter was Nov. 30, 2013, when TCU was held to just a field goal in a 41-30 Baylor win in Fort Worth.

Earlier in that season, the last time TCU didn’t go to a bowl game, the Frogs were shut out in the first half at Oklahoma in a 20-17 loss.

Oberkrom on top

With a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter — TCU’s first points of the game — senior kicker Jaden Oberkrom broke the Big 12 record for career field goals held by Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt (2011-14).

Oberkrom hit three in the game, the third a 46-yarder to tie the game at 41 in the second overtime period.

His second was a 34-yard try, bringing his career total to 78.

Arlington Bowie passers

For the second straight bowl game, a TCU wide receiver who played quarterback at Arlington Bowie completed a pass on a trick play.

Saturday, TCU opened the third quarter with a “double” pass. Former Bowie quarterback Tony James completed a low-flying bullet to Aaron Green for a 20-yard gain.

Last year in the Peach Bowl, Kolby Listenbee, another former Bowie quarterback, threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Green.

Travis L. Brown: tbrown7137@gmail.com, @Travis_L_Brown.

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