New Year's Day and TCU football
Jan. 1, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU football team has a proud tradition on New Year's Day with some of its most memorable wins occurring on Jan. 1.
The Horned Frogs closed their first national championship season (1935) with a 3-2 victory over LSU on New Year's Day in the 1936 Sugar Bowl.
A Talden Manton field goal provided all the scoring TCU would need. Jimmy Lawrence had six carries for 54 yards, while quarterback Sammy Baugh had a 44-yard run for the longest gain on the day.
The following year, on Jan. 1, 1937 in Dallas, TCU recorded a 16-6 victory over Marquette in the inaugural Cotton Bowl. Behind Baugh, center Darrell Lester and L.D. Meyer, who scored all 16 Frog points, TCU capped a 9-2-2 campaign in 1936.
After his 33-yard field goal provided the Frogs' first points, Meyer was on the receiving end of a 55-yard scoring pass from Baugh. Meyer later caught an 18-yard touchdown toss from Vic Montgomery.
On Jan. 1, 1957, TCU posted a 28-27 victory over a Jim Brown-led Syracuse team in the Cotton Bowl.
Frog All-America tackle Norman Hamilton was chosen as the game's outstanding lineman. Chico Mendoza blocked a third-quarter Syracuse extra-point attempt which proved to be the difference in the contest. Harold Pollard was 4-of-4 on PATs for the Frogs.
TCU quarterback Chuck Curtis completed 12-of-15 passes for 176 yards. Buddy Dike led the Frogs' ground game with 54 yards on 11 carries. Jim Swink, the 1955 Heisman Trophy runner-up, had four receptions for 60 yards while adding 12 rushes for 41 yards.
Overall, TCU has played a total of nine games on New Year's Day. Included in that total are five Cotton Bowl appearances in addition to trips to the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl and Delta Bowl.
The Frogs' postseason debut came on Jan. 1, 1920 versus Centre College in the Fort Worth Dixie Classic.