TCU quarterback Foster Sawyer remembers the events that led to Bram Kohlhausen having to play in the Alamo Bowl and then lead the greatest comeback in school history.
He wouldn’t want the circumstances repeated, but he was glad to see Kohlhausen come through.
“No one deserved that game more than him,” Sawyer said.
Kohlhausen started the Jan. 2 bowl game in place of Trevone Boykin, suspended for an arrest two days earlier following a bar fight, and led the Horned Frogs to a 47-41 victory in three overtimes against Oregon after they fell behind with him 31-0 at halftime.
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It was the only start of Kohlhausen’s TCU career, and he set school bowl records for completions (28), attempts (45) and passing yards (351). He threw two touchdown passes and ran for two.
Bram was a great teammate, and he taught me that, too. ... It’s actually a really rewarding thing just to know what a true teammate is.
TCU quarterback Foster Sawyer, on Bram Kohlhausen
“No one was happier than his teammates,” Sawyer said, speaking to reporters last week following a spring football practice. “I know I was super happy.”
Sawyer and Kohlhausen had both played in the regular season when Boykin missed two games with an ankle injury. In San Antonio, the coaches decided to go with Kohlhausen’s experience for the emergency start on short notice.
“Coach brought us in and told us the news, and he said for everyone to be ready, and that Bram’s starting and for that to be that,” Sawyer said.
For Sawyer, the Kohlhausen start and result was a just reward.
“Bram was a great teammate, and he taught me that, too,” Sawyer said. “With high school, you don’t really get that that much — your quarterback is your quarterback in high school. In college, it’s a little bit different. It’s actually a really rewarding thing just to know what a true teammate is. So Bram, when he cramped up and I went back on the field, he was like, ‘You got this, man,’ and vice versa.”
Sawyer played in four games last season, starting at Oklahoma. He completed 11 of 27 passes for 155 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He and Kenny Hill are competing for the starting job in 2016. They are expected to play in the TCU spring game at 7 p.m. Friday at Amon G. Carter Stadium.