Two weeks after the Horned Frogs defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, the excitement had not slowed down as around 6,000 TCU fans continued celebrating at the Rose Bowl Celebration at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Monday.
In addition to the fans and football team, Chancellor Victor Boschini, Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief and members of the Rose Bowl management committee attended the celebration to honor the undefeated Horned Frogs.
Boschini said Horned Frog spirit had always been supportive, but the fan base had increased with a rise in football success. He added that the effect of the Rose Bowl win won’t completely hit until next fall.
The effects of the Rose Bowl victory will go beyond strong fan support, and will continue to prove the football program on a national level, he said.
“It’s phenomenal on all fronts,” Boschini said. “I think it just gives a big boost to everybody…we’ve created a feeling on campus you can’t duplicate.”
Quarterback Andy Dalton, who graduated in December, said the senior class set the tone this season for what the program could accomplish. Dalton said he hoped the younger players would see the hard work that is required to come out with a successful season.
He said next year the team would need to continually improve each week in order to reach the top of the team goal pyramid, which features such goals as going to a BCS bowl game and winning the national championship.
Dalton said he hoped the team would “get better each week…come out and not be satisfied with what we accomplished this year.”
Returning linebacker Tank Carder said, “[the win] is definitely making a statement that the small schools and non-AQ teams can play with the best of them.”
Carder said next season the Frogs would need to build off the Rose Bowl win.
“We’re losing a lot of seniors…we’re just going to come back next year and hopefully rebuild our team,” Carder said. “And hopefully come out with the same outcome.”
Head football coach Gary Patterson, who has posted seven top-25 rankings since he started at the university, said the future is what the program is concerned with now.
Patterson said every year the team loses key seniors and the younger players now need to make the plays. Next season the Frogs return 11 starters.
“For us we’re 0-0…we’ve gotta try to grow up as a football team,” he said.