Thrust into the starting role in place of TCU's suspended star quarterback, Bram Kohlhausen made the absolute most of his final chance with the Horned Frogs — in historic fashion.
Not just for his team, but for the family that could join him at the Alamo Bowl and those who couldn't.
Starting in place of Trevone Boykin, who was suspended after a bar fight two days earlier, Kohlhausen led the No. 11 Horned Frogs back from 31 points down for a 47-71, triple-overtime victory over No. 15 Oregon on Saturday night in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
Kohlhausen passed for 351 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, running in for the winner in the third overtime. The comeback tied the record for the largest deficit overtime to win a bowl game, matching Texas Tech's win over the Gophers in the 2006 Insight Bowl.
After it was over, Kohlhausen talked stadium security into letting his mother join the celebration on the field. The person not there was his father, Bill, who died Nov. 7 of cancer.
"I just gave her a hug and started crying with her. I'd love for him to be here and watch this happen but I know he's watching upstairs," Kohlhausen said.
Kohlhausen started his career at Houston, left for junior college and walked on at TCU (11-2). He had never started a major college game until his final one.
"I said, 'Can you imagine — your dad passed away, he's watching, can you imagine if you come back? Can you come back, can you win this football game?' " TCU coach Gary Patterson said.
It didn't look possible when Oregon (9-4) was rolling to a 28-0 lead behind standout senior quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., and led 31-0 at halftime.
But Oregon stopped in its tracks when Adams was hurt on a rare called run for him. He knocked heads with TCU linebacker Derrick Kindred, left the game and never returned.
Georgia 24, Penn State 17: The Bulldogs (10-3) won their fifth consecutive game to close the season in Jacksonville, Fla., sending Bryan McClendon out a winner in his head coaching debut. McClendon was tabbed to fill in after fired coach Mark Richt opted not to stick around for the bowl game.
Incoming coach Kirby Smart was in attendance for part of the game and had to like what he saw. Despite a makeshift coaching staff, the Bulldogs turned in one of their most complete performances since September.
It helped that Penn State (7-6) played more than half the game without star quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who left in the second quarter because of a right shoulder injury.
The Nittany Lions lost their fourth in a row to end coach James Franklin's second season.
Arkansas 45, Kansas State 23: Alex Collins ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns and the Razorbacks (8-5) capped their late-season surge with a victory over the Wildcats (6-7) in Memphis.
Collins overwhelmed Kansas State's defense in front of a sellout crowd of 61,136, the fourth-largest crowd in the game's 57-year history.
Kansas State finished a season below .500 for the first time since Bill Snyder began his second stint as coach in 2009.
Kansas State's Kody Cook started at quarterback for the first time. He was the team's second-leading receiver during the regular season.