February 7, 2023

No. 3 TCU Wins No. 2 Over Michigan in the 2022 Fiesta Bowl and CFP Semifinal Classic

12:44 AM, January 1, 2023

This game has already reached unforgettable heights and the final minutes are shaping up to end all times. JJ McCarthy found Roman Wilson in the endzone for his second touchdown through the air with Wilson reaching over 100 yards.

12:41 a.m. Jan. 1, 2023

Ohio State fans score into their seats at Mercedez-Benz Stadium. Even though the Ohio State-Georgia game is still in pregame mode, Buckeye followers cheer, backing TCU’s lead over rival Michigan in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

12:14 a.m. Jan. 1, 2023

Another massive play leads to a touchdown, this time a short pass from Max Duggan to Quentin Johnson followed by one missed tackle on the sideline and a quick run into the endzone. The scoring streak continues, now hitting seven of the last nine times to finish with six points.

12:10 a.m. Jan. 1, 2023

Roman Wilson ran to the endzone from 18 yards (punctuated by a helicopter run) and Ronnie Wilson added the two-point conversion to cut the Wolverines’ deficit to just three points with almost the entire fourth quarter played. This all came on the back of a TCU fumble on the last play of the third.

11:56 PM, December 31, 2022

How about 44 combined points in this third quarter?! Michigan’s defense got more aggressive with its blitz and Emari Demarcado made them pay, outrunning rushers and breaking up a 69-yard drive to the one-yard line. Max Duggan punched it back for his second rushing touchdown of the night. Four plays later the Wolverines were in the end zone again after another deep throw completed by JJ McCarthy.

11:50 p.m., December 31, 2022

Three plays and six points for Michigan’s offense, all thanks to JJ McCarthy’s legs. It was followed by a 39-yard scramble on second down by 20 yards into the end zone as points were plentiful in the third period. The Wolverines attempted another QB run for the two-point conversion but it came up short.

11:45 p.m., December 31, 2022

The game again eluded Michigan with the second interception return for a touchdown of the game. JJ McCarthy was picked up by Dee Winters, who added to an already stellar night (six tackles, two for loss) and turned it into an amazing one. The Frogs lead by three points again.

11:38 p.m., December 31, 2022

The Horned Frogs have now scored more goals against Michigan than any team has done this season, and that score came in just six games and two minutes. This time, Max Duggan took the back seat to running back Imari Demarcado, who nicely filled in for an injured Kendry Miller. Demarcado ran the ball five straight times for a total of 29 yards to reach the endzone and restore TCU’s two-score lead.

11:30 p.m., December 31, 2022

JJ McCarthy connects with Roman Wilson deep again (on flea blink!) and Michigan made it a one-score game midway through the third quarter. The Wolverines got the ball back with favorable field position thanks to Mike Sainristil’s interception to Max Duggan near midfield. We have a game, guys.

11:17 p.m., December 31, 2022

Blake Moody kicks a 21-yard field goal for his third score of the night as the Wolverines once again reach the red zone and fail to paydirt. The Wolverines put together a decent drive with plays from 20 and 43 yards, but the Horned Frogs again formed a goal line wall and forced Michigan to leave points on the board.

Michigan Football Ronnie Bell

10:45 p.m., December 31, 2022

Jake Moody from Michigan Nails a 59-yard field goal To close out the first half and pull the Wolverines to within 21-6. Moody missed his first attempt, but TCU called a timeout to try to calm him down.

Horned Frogs quarterback Max Dugan threw for 89 yards, a touchdown and a pick, adding 30 yards and a score on the ground. Safety Bud Clark returned an interception home 41 yards to open the scoring.

Michigan’s JJ McCarthy had 148 passing yards and Donovan Edwards had 90 yards. The Wolverines had three turnovers between McCarthy’s pick six, a fumble and one on a touchdown.

10:22 p.m., December 31, 2022

Max Duggan’s show continues at the Fiesta Bowl. On this last drive, he accomplished it with his arm and his feet, racing for extra yardage and finding open receivers all over the field. On the second from the six-yard line, Dugan evaded pressure by rolling to his right and put a punt on the run to Ty Barber, who found the end zone to give the Frogs a commanding lead near the end of the first half.

9:59 PM, December 31, 2022

On the next play after Rod Moore intercepted Max Duggan, Michigan took the top of the TCU defense with a 50-yard pass from JJ McCarthy to Ronnie Wilson, setting up what appeared to be a one-yard Michigan touchdown. But at the goal line, the ball was coughed up and the Horned Frogs recovered it! This is the second red zone turnover for this Michigan offense.

9:44 PM, December 31, 2022

On first and goal from the one-yard line, who else was going to call their number? The Heisman runner-up faked a handoff and ran left, lowering his shoulder to the defender as he crossed the volley to cap off a 12-play, 76-yard drive that took over five minutes of game time. Horned frogs roam around in Glendale, Arizona.

For Michigan, this is already the biggest deficit the Wolverines have ever faced all season.