FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jake Kirkpatrick watched Monday as Auburn kicked a field goal in the final seconds to defeat Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game, securing the national title for the Tigers, their first since 1957.
Like many TCU fans, he couldn't help but wonder how the Horned Frogs, who finished 13-0 after winning the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, would have fared against Auburn (14-0), the only other undefeated team in the land.
"You always wonder what would happen, but the system is not set up that way," the Frogs' center said. "Auburn got a chance to play in the game and they deserve to be national champions. We took care of the business we had to take care of, so we're fine with that."