The 2016 Alamo Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on January 2, 2016, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The 23rd edition of the Alamo Bowl featured the TCU Horned Frogs from the Big 12 Conference and the Oregon Ducks from the Pac-12 Conference. It was televised at 5:45 p.m. CST on ESPN and heard on ESPN Radio. It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by the Valero Energy Corporation and was officially known as the Valero Alamo Bowl.
The Horned Frogs trailed 31-0 at halftime, but an injury to Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. just before the halftime break would result in a scoreless second half for the Ducks. TCU scored on all 9 possessions after halftime, completing the comeback in the second half with a late field goal. The two teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime and field goals in the second. The Horned Frogs scored in the third extra period, failed their 2-point conversion, but held the Ducks out of the end zone. The 31-point comeback tied the largest comeback in NCAA college football bowl game history with the 2006 Insight Bowl.
Starting the 2015 season by winning 8 straight games, the TCU Horned Frogs finished the season by winning 2 of their last 4 games, including a 28–21 double overtime victory over rival Baylor.
The Frogs were playing the bowl game without two key offensive starters. Wide receiver Josh Doctson, a first-team All-American this season, did not play in the Frogs’ final two regular-season games due to a wrist injury that required surgery, and was ultimately ruled out of the bowl game. Quarterback Trevone Boykin was suspended from the team for a violation of team rules; according to multiple media reports, he had been involved in a bar fight in San Antonio early in the morning of December 31, and was alleged to have swung at multiple police officers and struck one. Boykin faced several criminal charges in the wake of the incident, the most serious being a felony charge of assaulting a public servant. The suspension caused a dramatic change in the Las Vegas betting line, with TCU going from a 1-point favorite to a 7-point underdog.
After Boykin’s suspension, Patterson turned to Bram Kohlhausen, a fifth-year senior walk-on, to start at quarterback. As a high school senior in 2010, he had been rated by ESPN above both Boykin and future Heisman Trophy winner and NFL player Johnny Manziel, and he started his college career at Houston, redshirting in 2011. After seeing little playing time in 2012, he went to the junior college ranks, playing the 2013 season at Los Angeles Harbor College in California and then walking on at TCU. This game would be Kohlhausen’s first and only career start at the FBS level.