On paper this looked like an even matchup.
ESPN’s Football Power Index gave the Ole Miss Rebels a slight 51 percent chance to win the game.
The two teams were ranked in the top five in defensive efficiency and the top six in FPI this season.
Wallace’s struggles continue
Wallace entered the game having thrown three interceptions without a touchdown in his previous two games. Things got worse on New Year’s Eve as he completed just 10 of 23 passes for 109 yards, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble.
Wallace was eventually pulled from the game and finished with a career-low Total QBR of 4.7.
TCU’s defense steps up
The Horned Frogs entered the bowl season ranked second in the FBS with a +18 turnover margin and 36 takeaways. They added four more takeaways and scored a touchdown on an interception in the end zone.
Ole Miss had 16 drives and put up just three points. Aside from the four turnovers, the Rebels were forced to punt eight times. Seven of those eight punts were the result of a three-and-out.
Aside from a 15 play, six-minute drive that ended in a fumble in the third quarter, Ole Miss did not have a single drive that lasted over two minutes.
Ole Miss finished with nine rushing yards, its fewest in a game since it had seven on Nov. 19, 2005 against LSU in a 40-7 loss. The Rebels finished with more rushes for negative yardage (11) than first downs (10).
A day for the record books…
The last time TCU beat an SEC team in a bowl game was back in 1936 when “Slinging” Sammy Baugh led them to a win in the Sugar Bowl over LSU.
TCU’s 39-point margin of victory is the largest in Peach Bowl history. The previous record was 37 points (LSU over Miami (FL) in 2005).
It was also TCU’s largest margin of victory in a bowl game in school history (previous best was a 30-point win over Northern Illinois in 2006 Poinsettia Bowl).
And as you might have guessed, it was Ole Miss’ largest margin of defeat in a bowl game in school history (previous worst was 32-point loss to Michigan in Gator Bowl on New Year's Day 1991).