It’s one of the most iconic lines in TCU Football lore:
“The purple shirt works.”
Gary Patterson uttered that line at the conclusion of the biggest comeback in college football history, acknowledging that he had indeed changed his shirt at halftime to help spark his Horned Frogs who were facing down a 31-0 halftime deficit to Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. TCU, of course, went on to win that exhilarating ballgame in triple OT, with former walk-on QB Bram Kohlhausen becoming a household name in the process. (If you want to walk down memory lane, check out the oral history of that game, told by the people involved in it.