Dykes says TCU belongs in CFP in spite of loss
ARLINGTON, Texas– Quickly after No. 3 TCU’s first loss of the season, a 31-28 overtime defeat in the Huge 12 national championship to No. 10 Kansas State, Sonny Dykes stated he is confident the Horned Frogs should have a spot in the College Football Playoff when the selection committee’s rankings are exposed tomorrow.
“For sure I do,” Dykes said. “We went through the Big 12 12-0. … I do not believe we must be penalized for concerning the Big 12 national championship. I don’t think the conference championship games are designed to penalize teams and avoid them from getting in the playoffs. We were [No.] 3 last week. My hope is that we would stay at 3 and go tee it up and see how we do.”
TCU, like it has several times this season, fell behind Kansas State and routed 28-17 early in the 4th quarter. However behind quarterback Max Duggan, the Horned Frogs mounted a wild resurgence to tie the game at 28-28 with 1:51 left in regulation.In overtime, Duggan
rushed for what appeared like a possible goal on 2nd down, however authorities ruled he was down short of the goal line. On 3rd down, the Wildcats stopped TCU running back Kendre Miller short again on another play that was reviewed to see if he had scored (though the game was not stopped for the evaluation). Miller was stopped once again on a handoff on fourth down.Kansas State
then kicked a field goal to win, providing the Wildcats their third Huge 12 title in the league’s history.Dykes said he was disappointed that the Horned Frogs were not able to complete the comeback and now depend on the committee’s judgment.” We were literally an inch away from winning the game, or certainly having an opportunity to, and being 13-0,”the coach stated. “My hope is that they see it the very same method I saw it and realize the resume suffices and we should have to be part of it. Our hope [was] to not have to rely on a charm contest. Our hope was to kick the door down and make sure that we were Big 12 champs and there was no discussion about it.” Year, Group Conf.In Title Game? ’16 Ohio State Huge 10 No ’17 Alabama SEC No
uneasy sensation for Frogs fans after they were bypassed by Ohio State and excluded of the field on the last weekend in 2014.”[ There
‘s] most likely a little bit of anxiety for all of us, “Dykes said.”However once again, I have actually got a great deal of faith in the committee. I understand they’ve got an extremely challenging thing to do, but I believe that those men will take a look at what we have actually had the ability to achieve, and what this group appears like and what we’ve what we have actually done and put us in. My hope was to celebrate a Huge 12 championship tonight and not worry excessive about it. But, you understand, it’s going to be a different course of action.”Duggan was 18-of-36 for 251 backyards with one touchdown and one interception and also ran for 110 lawns and another TD, including rushing for 95 yards on one 80-yard drive due to penalties. He then tossed the game-tying 2-point conversion to Jared Wiley.After the game, he was emotional and dissatisfied he wasn’t able to bring a conference championship to TCU after a stellar senior season in which he could be a Heisman Prize finalist. He said, choking back tears, he wasn’t sure where the rankings would position the Frogs.
“I think if we got in, we would offer one heck of a battle and I believe our competitiveness will take control of, “Duggan said.”I do not really care, especially at this minute. Wherever they tell us we’re playing, we’ll go play.”