Michigan's botched snap sends TCU to the CFP title game (0:38)

The Michigan team botches the snap as the Frogs take over and seal their spot in the College Football Playoff championship game. 0:39

The College Football Playoff got off to a great start with the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl featuring the Michigan and TCU teams.

Things got interesting in the third quarter as the lead grew. The two teams combined to score 44 points. In the fourth, Michigan came back, but it wasn't enough to overcome the 51-45 loss.

The Frogs are the first team from the Big 12 to play in the playoffs. It's the second year in a row that Michigan has been eliminated in the semifinals of the playoffs.

Here are some of the big numbers from the contest.

The new Fiesta Bowl record is 96 points. The previous record was set by the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Florida Gators. It's the third-highest scoring game and the third-most combined points in the history of the AP top five.

The 51 points scored by the Frogs are the most ever in a bowl game. There have been five 50-point games in the history of theCFP.

Michigan became the first state to make history. The team gave up 51 points, which is second most in a bowl game. It's the third time in Jim Harbaugh's tenure that the Michigan squad has allowed at least 50 points. In the last two years, the Ohio State Buckeyes have had two instances against them.

The two teams scored 44 points in the third quarter. The previous record of 40 points in the fourth quarter of the 2016 national championship game was broken by that quarter's score.


โ€” Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 1, 2023

Michigan defense is taking the day off!!!

โ€” Tamba Hali (@TambaHali91) January 1, 2023

This game is crazy ๐Ÿ”ฅ

โ€” F L โšก๏ธ S H (@Melvingordon25) January 1, 2023

This game is outrageous!!!!

โ€” Chief David Njoku (@David_Njoku80) January 1, 2023

This game is crazy ๐Ÿ”ฅ

โ€” F L โšก๏ธ S H (@Melvingordon25) January 1, 2023

What a freaking game!!

โ€” Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) January 1, 2023

Each team scored at least 45 points in the Fiesta Bowl, making it the second top-five game in the Poll Era to do so. The Georgia and Oklahoma teams played in the Rose Bowl in the playoffs.

The Frogs ended a winless streak for the Big 12 as teams from the conference were a combined 0-4 in the playoffs.

Stars offered their thoughts on the game.

Horned Frogs thrive in the desert. ๐ŸŽ‰#GoFrogs #DFWBig12Team #FiestaFrogs

โ€” TCU Football (@TCUFootball) January 1, 2023

ALL HAIL THE HYPNOTOAD.#FiestaFrogs | #GoFrogs

โ€” Vrbo Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) January 1, 2023

Going to the 'ship! #FiestaFrogs #GoFrogs

โ€” TCU Athletics (@TCU_Athletics) January 1, 2023


โ€” Andy Dalton (@andydalton14) January 1, 2023



โ€” TCU (@TCU) January 1, 2023

Yessss ! 1 of 2 so far... let's go UGA!!

โ€” Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 1, 2023

MAX DUGGAN'S GOT THAT FROG IN HIM ๐Ÿ˜ค #CFBPlayoff ๐Ÿธ 282 Total Yds๐Ÿธ 4 Total TD๐Ÿธ Vrbo Fiesta Bowl champions

๐Ÿธ Trip to play for the national title

โ€” ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) January 1, 2023

Yessir TCU!!!!!!! Let's go!!!!!! Big 12 finally in the Natty!!!!!

โ€” Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) January 1, 2023

Wow. Tcu!

โ€” Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) January 1, 2023

Congratulations on making it to the big game!!! @TCU !!!!

Smoking on that Wolverine Pack!

โ€” Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) January 1, 2023

The sights and scenes from the game can be found here.

Scenes from the Fiesta Bowl

In the second quarter, Max Duggan passed the ball to Taye Barber who scored a touchdown. Jake Moody made two field goals for the UM in the first half, but they were not good enough to get them back in the game.

I'm hoping TCU vs UGA ๐Ÿ’ฏ

TCU Reppin the 12 right now! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

โ€” Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) December 31, 2022


โ€” ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2022

Good Half of Football TCU, Regroup and let's put together another one!

โ€” Reag (@jalenreagor) December 31, 2022

MOOD AT HALFTIME ๐Ÿธ@TCUFootball leads Michigan, 21-6, in the @CFBPlayoff Semifinal ๐Ÿ’ช

โ€” Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) December 31, 2022

๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿคซ

โ€” ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2022

A strong first quarter

A pick-six by safety Bud Clark and a touchdown run by quarterback Max Duggan gave the Horned Frogs a 14-0 lead. Fans in the stands and on social media were happy with the start of the team.

Yessir!!!!!!! Let's go TCU!!

โ€” Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) December 31, 2022

I'm not tweeting much but you best believe I'm turnt up right now.. LFG TCU!!!

โ€” Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) December 31, 2022

.@TCUFootball showing my @dallascowboys how to start a playoff game!!!! 14-0

โ€” Michael Irvin (@michaelirvin88) December 31, 2022

TCU fans were HYPED after the pick-six ๐Ÿ”ฅ#CFBPlayoff

โ€” ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2022

A star in attendance

Michael Phelps showed up in Arizona to watch the semifinals of theCFP.

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Pregame huddle

Attack and dominate!#GoBlue

โ€” Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 31, 2022


The Wolverines are on location!#GoBlue

โ€” Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 31, 2022

๐Ÿ“ Fiesta Bowl#GoBlue

โ€” Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 31, 2022

The arrival. #GoFrogs #DFWBig12Team #FiestaFrogs

โ€” TCU Football (@TCUFootball) December 31, 2022

Frogs rolling in. #GoFrogs #DFWBig12Team #FiestaFrogs

โ€” TCU Football (@TCUFootball) December 31, 2022

What they're wearing

Texas Christian is going with all-white while Michigan is keeping things old.

Fight 'em til hell freezes over, then fight 'em on the ice โšช๏ธโšช๏ธโšช๏ธ#GoFrogs #DFWBig12Team #FiestaFrogs

โ€” TCU Football (@TCUFootball) December 31, 2022

Looking sharp in the desert ๐Ÿœ#GoBlue

โ€” Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 31, 2022

Animals making picks

You can trust the predictions of mongooses or rhinoceroses.


Tomorrow is game day! Our meerkat mob hit the ground running and clearly favored @TCUFootball purple over @UMichFootball blue for the big match-up. Riff ram bah ZOO!

โ€” Fort Worth Zoo (@FortWorthZoo) December 30, 2022

๐‚๐ก๐ฎ๐ญ๐ญ๐ข "๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐ž" ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ง! ๐Ÿฆ

The @phoenixzoo's one-horned rhino has declared that @UMichFootball will win the 2022 @Vrbo #FiestaBowl.

โ€” Vrbo Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) December 30, 2022

Fans check in

GO BLUE! WOOOOO! @UMichFootball

โ€” Ric Flairยฎ (@RicFlairNatrBoy) December 31, 2022

All of the Dallas Fort Worth area is associated with it.

Let's go @TCU ๐Ÿš€

โ€” Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) December 31, 2022


Good luck, @TCUFootball!

We're all rooting for y'all from home ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ#CFBPlayoff | #FiestaBowl | #TexasHockey

โ€” Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 31, 2022

Go Frogs!!! #BTHOmichigan ๐Ÿธโฌ†๏ธ

โ€” Jim Schlossnagle (@CoachSchloss) December 31, 2022

It's game day let's go @TCUFootball !!!! ๐ŸŒต๐Ÿœ๏ธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿ”ฅ

โ€” Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) December 31, 2022

The first team from Texas to play in the @CFBPlayoff is from FORT WORTH! ๐Ÿ“

Congratulations to @TCUFootball on an incredible season and make all of DFW proud in the @Fiesta_Bowl! ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿ˜ˆ #GoFrogs #FrogsBy90 #DFWBig12Team #FiestaFrogs

โ€” DFW Airport (@DFWAirport) December 30, 2022

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