Michigan vs. TCU points: Frogs Eye national title after epic College Football Playoff playoff at Wild Fiesta Bowl

3rd place TCU downed No. 2 Michigan 51-45 for the biggest upset in College Football Playoff history and one of the most exciting semifinal games the format has seen since its debut in 2014. The Horned Frogs were an eight-point underdog going into the 2022 Fiesta Championship kickoff Powell, but the same DNA that helped them overcome more than a handful of second-half deficits during the regular season has the Frogs now sitting 6-1 in one-point games after eliminating the previously undefeated Wolverines.

Not only was the first CFP semifinal on Saturday the highest-scoring in a Fiesta Bowl (dating back to 1971), it had the highest-scoring quarter in CFP history (44 points, third quarter) and stands as the highest-scoring playoff game by regulation.

TCU led by as many as 18 points in the first half and led 21-6 at halftime before that third quarter for the ages. Not only did Michigan reach the end zone for the first time in every game, they hit two more touchdowns and a field goal in the course of 15 minutes showing that in the void would have suggested the Big Ten champions were moving in one of the biggest comebacks in game history.

But at nearly every turn, TCU has been responding.

When Michigan cut its deficit to 21-16, TCU first rushed down the field in about two minutes to score an extended touchdown. She then intercepted UM quarterback JJ McCarthy for her second pick six of the game. McCarthy got out of the ring and drove in two touchdown drives in the final three minutes of the third quarter, but a TCU touchdown came in between.

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Michigan even cut its deficit to 41-38—the closest it can get in every game—early in the fourth quarter before the Horned Frogs stormed back with 10 unanswered points to take an even bigger lead. The first of those two scores, a 76-yard touchdown pass from Duggan to Quentin Johnston, gave TCU a 48-38 lead that seemed to be the nail in the coffin.

Of course, this was not the last twist in the game. Michigan used field position from a key defensive shortstop to set up McCarthy and the offense on a 56-yard touchdown run, cutting TCU’s lead to 51-45 with 3:18 to play. However, TCU was able to pick a first strike and drain enough of the clock to limit Michigan’s chances of stealing the win in the final minute.

CBS Sports will update this story with more tips and things to know about TCU’s epic win.

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