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TCU completes perfect season, could become the first Texas school to qualify for the College Football Playoffs

Jalyn Smoot
TCU is the first Big 12 team to go undefeated since 2009Photo byTCU Athletics

FORT WORTH, Texas- TCU defeated Iowa State 62-14 to secure a perfect season.

The blowout victory put an exclamation mark on what has been a historic season for the undefeated Horned Frogs. Even without star Quentin Johnston, who was sidelined with an ankle injury, TCU was able to dismantle Iowa State and punch their ticket to the Big 12 Championship.

Ranked No.3 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll, TCU seems destined to become the first Texas school to compete in the College Football Playoffs.

First-year head coach Sonny Dykes praised the team's tenacity after they finished the season undefeated.

It's a gauntlet," Dykes said. "I think people who really study the game know how good the league is. To get through this thing undefeated, to be able to win road games, grind through some of the tough moments we had to grind through, I think shows we have a good football team."

The Horned Frogs' 12-0 season is the first in the Big 12 since Texas did so in 2009.

Dykes credited TCU's historic run to the play of quarterback Max Duggan, who he believes should receive Heisman consideration.

I think anybody that's watched us this year, y'all know what he means to our football team and program," Dykes said. "He certainly is very deserving of an opportunity to get to New York."
TCU quarterback Max DugganPhoto byTCU Athletics

Duggan passed for 3,070 yards, 29 passing touchdowns, and three interceptions while also rushing for five scores. In his senior year, Duggan put the Horned Frogs on his back and helped them achieve new heights.

Dykes lost the starting gig in training camp before getting another shot when Oklahoma transfer Chandler Morris injured his knee in the season opener. Duggan has led the team since and has carved out quite a name for himself in the process.

Despite his senior year heroics, Duggan credits the undefeated season to the team's ability to remain focused.

We don’t care what people say outside of our program and our walls, Duggan said on the FOX Sports Big Noon Kick Off show. We know we’re a competitive group, tough and gritty. We love to practice and love to play and we’re just trying to win the next game.”
TCU players celebrate walk-off victory over BaylorPhoto byGetty Images

Focus and attention to detail will need to remain a priority for the Horned Frogs in the postseason. They have a lot to be proud of, but if they want to etch their names in the lore of college football history, they still have three wins to go.

First things first, they will need to handle business in the Big 12 championship next week.

The No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs face the No. 10 Kansas State Wildcats in the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship Saturday. Kickoff from AT&T Stadium is scheduled for noon ET (ABC).

The Big 12 matchup on Saturday will be Kansas State and TCU's 17th encounter overall. The Wildcats and the Horned Frogs have split the first 16 meetings.

Should TCU secure a win in this game, they are a virtual lock to qualify for the College Football Playoffs.

For more information on the Big 12 championship and how to purchase tickets, please visit the official website here.

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