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Patrick Donnelly | | December 31, 2022

No. 3 TCU outlasts No. 3 Michigan in CFP semifinal thriller

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No. 3 TCU held on to defeat No. 2 Michigan, 51-45, advancing to the national championship for the first time in the College Football Playoff era.

Heisman runner-up Max Duggan threw for 225 yards and had four total touchdowns, while running back Emari Demarcado added 150 yards and a score on the ground.

For the Wolverines, quarterback J.J. McCarthy 343 yards, had three total touchdowns and threw two picks. Running back Donovan Edwards ran for 119 yards.

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The Horned Frogs came out flying as safety Bud Clark took a McCarthy interception 41 yards to the house to open the scoring. Duggan added a rushing touchdown to at the end of the quarter. 

TCU took a 21-6 lead into halftime after Michigan mustered up two field goals, including a 59-yarder from Jake Moody. 

Michigan outscored the Horned Frogs 39-30 in the second half, but TCU did enough to keep the Wolverines at arm's length and pull away with the victory. 

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