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Gary Patterson explains TCU's Alamo Bowl comeback was so important: "It's about the next 40 years."

Gary Patterson Alamo Bowl

TCU's historic comeback over Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night was the best moment of the bowl season. (Not that there was that much competition to begin with.) The turnaround from down 31-0 to 47-41, triple-overtime winners matched the largest comeback in bowl history, and the circumstances in which the Frogs accomplished the comeback were even more remarkable.

Without starting quarterback Trevone Boykin and All-American wide receiver Josh Doctson, the Horned Frogs arose from road kill to road killers in the blink of one halftime.

From @TCUCoachP's #alamobowl post game interview... #mentaltoughness#lifepic.twitter.com/lNVNlz5Xs3

— Bill Moore (@coachbillmoore) January 3, 2016

" target="_blank">Maybe it was Gary Patterson's wardrobe change, but I like to think it was the never-say-die attitude Patterson instills in his players. He explained after the game why, rather than fold up shop in an otherwise meaningless game, his team chose to fight.

Patterson and the Frogs made Dutch Meyer, he of the famous, "fight them till hell freezes over, then fight 'em on the ice" quote from which TCU drives so much of its identity, proud on Saturday.