Dec 5, 2020; Berkeley, California, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks during the third quarter at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Cal aims for rebound performance vs. formidable TCU

Two teams that have yet to put together a full 60-minute performance hook up Saturday afternoon when California visits TCU in a non-conference football game at Fort Worth, Texas.

The Golden Bears (0-1) began their campaign with a brilliant first quarter, but then saw their offense mostly disappear in a disappointing 22-17 home loss to Nevada last Saturday night.

The Pacific-12 squad will be up against a much more formidable opponent when they duel the Horned Frogs (1-0), whose 45-3 home demolition of Duquesne had to be shortened by six minutes due to the visitors’ uncompetitive effort.

The schools have met just once in football, with TCU claiming a 10-7 overtime victory in the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl in Phoenix.

Chase Garbers was a freshman starter at quarterback that day for Cal, and now he’s a senior with 25 games of experience. He rushed for Cal’s only touchdown in the bowl game.

The Golden Bears looked like a running-game juggernaut against Nevada, marching 63 yards on 15 plays on their first possession, followed by 72 yards on nine plays the second time they had the ball.

After one quarter, Cal led 14-0, having already accumulated 76 rushing yards and a 13:21-1:39 dominance in time of possession.

But Cal didn’t score again until a Dario Longhetto field goal in the third minute of the fourth quarter, and finished the game with just 153 rushing yards. Garbers wound up with more passing attempts (38) than the Golden Bears had runs (27).

“There wasn’t any drastic changes. We really struggled to stay in rhythm after that (first quarter),” Cal coach Justin Wilcox noted. “We didn’t go into the game saying, ‘Hey, in the second and third quarters, we’re not going to run it.’”

Neither did TCU in its win over Duquesne.

Like Cal, the Horned Frogs of the Big 12 Conference scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the season. Unlike Cal, they added three more before halftime once they had the opponent down.

“It was good for us to get started fast and stay on them,” assured junior quarterback Max Duggan, who threw for one score and ran for another. “We didn’t want to play sloppy and make errors. It was a good half, and I was happy with it.”

Ten different Horned Frogs got an opportunity to run the ball, with none gaining more than 54 yards. Four different guys rushed for scores.

Aside from Garbers, several combatants Saturday should be at least vaguely familiar with one another.

Running back Christopher Brooks, then known as Christopher Brown Jr., was Cal’s leading rusher in the Cheeze-It Bowl meeting, while Nikko Remigio, who scored the Golden Bears’ second touchdown against Nevada, was the game’s leading pass-catcher.

Three years later, TCU returns running back Emari Demercado, who rushed for a touchdown against Duquesne, and wideouts Taye Barber and Derius Davis, who combined for 91 yards of receptions in the opener.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) passes against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs during the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

TCU, aiming for bounce-back season, opens vs. Duquesne

Duquesne and TCU will meet in football for the first time Saturday at Fort Worth, Texas, in the season opener for both teams.

The Dukes and Horned Frogs both have much to prove.

TCU uncharacteristically struggled the past three years under Gary Patterson, compiling a record of only 18-17. The Horned Frogs have failed to win at least 10 games in three consecutive seasons for the first time in Patterson’s 21 years at the school.

“It’s really important that we come into this first game hot,” senior tight end Carter Ware said. “Come in, play a clean game, just so we can carry that momentum that we had last year and just roll through it going into conference play.”

TCU closed the 2020 season by winning five of its final six games to finish 6-4. The Horned Frogs received an invite to the Texas Bowl against Arkansas, but that game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the TCU program.

Duquesne, an FCS program, also has momentum on its side after posting a 4-0 record during the 2020-21 spring regular season, played at that time because COVID-19 protocols postponed the fall schedule.

The Dukes hosted the first-ever Northeast Conference championship game and lost to Sacred Heart 34-27 in overtime in a game that determined the league’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.

Duquesne’s players have expressed disappointment in that loss and said they will use it as motivation heading into the meeting with TCU.

“I think it had even more of a sting,” offensive tackle Jake Dixon said. “We waited 14 months to play football again (after the fall schedule was postponed).”

Duquesne opens the 2021 season against consecutive FBS opponents on the road, first at TCU, then at Ohio University on Sept. 11.

“We look at it as a great opportunity for our young men to play in those venues,” Dukes coach Jerry Schmitt said. “To play against those programs and for our fans to enjoy that atmosphere. Then to challenge ourselves and continuously push our program forward.”

TCU is adapting to new offensive coordinator Doug Meacham after Sonny Cumbie departed to Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs led the Big 12 in rushing last season but averaged less than 200 passing yards per game.

Junior quarterback Max Duggan (completed 146 of 240 attempts last year for 1,795 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions) returns to lead the offense.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs during the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

TCU ends season with rout of Louisiana Tech

Zach Evans ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries, including a 75-yard score on the first play of the third quarter, as TCU roared past Louisiana Tech 52-10 on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas, in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The game was not arranged until Dec. 2 and was the Horned Frogs’ only non-Big 12 Conference game. TCU was set to play SMU as its season-opener in September. but that game was first postponed and then canceled. Louisiana Tech lost four games to cancellations.

The Horned Frogs (6-4, 5-4 in Big 12 Conference) won five of their final six games and rushed for 333 yards on Saturday. Max Duggan passed for 160 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score for TCU, and Kendre Miller racked up 136 yards and two TDs on the ground in just five carries, highlighted by an 89-yard score in the waning minutes.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Louisiana Tech (5-4, 4-2 in Conference USA). Luke Anthony passed for 161 yards and a touchdown before sustaining a horrific-looking right ankle injury late in the game. He had to be carted off the field.

TCU began the game with Griffin Kell’s 22-yard field goal at the 2:18 mark of the first quarter. Duggan scored on a 5-yard run on the Horned Frogs’ ensuing possession to move the lead to 10-0.

Duggan then hit Quentin Johnston on a 76-yard touchdown pass on TCU’s next offensive play, pushing the lead to 17-0 just 27 seconds into the second quarter.

Evans added a 4-yard scoring run at the 11:56 mark of the second period, before Johnston pushed the Horned Frogs’ halftime lead to 31-0 with a 1-yard run.

Evans opened the third quarter with his 75-yard run, racing untouched down the near sideline on the half’s first snap. Then Miller extended the lead to 45-0 with a 38-yard run at the 11:19 mark of the quarter.

Louisiana Tech finally scored on Jacob Barnes’ 34-yard field goal with 5:48 to play in the third quarter.

Anthony connected with Griffin Herbert on a 13-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Dezmon Jackson (27) runs past Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive back Adam Beck (24) during a football game at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports

No. 15 Oklahoma St. takes Big 12 title hopes to TCU

When you can run that well, maybe you don’t need to hide.

Fresh off a 200-plus-yards rushing game from their third-string running back, the No. 15 Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-2, 5-2 Big 12) will take their Big 12 title hopes into Fort Worth, Texas, to meet the TCU Horned Frogs (4-4, 4-4) on Saturday.

In his first career start, Dezmon Jackson ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries, and the Cowboys needed every bit of the offense in defeating visiting Texas Tech, 50-44.

Jackson’s opportunity developed because 2019 consensus All-American Chuba Hubbard (3,459 yards rushing in 33 career games) and LD Brown were out with injuries.

If Cowboys coach Mike Gundy was surprised with Jackson’s performance, he didn’t let on this week.

“We like his consistency, and honestly, some of what he showed us Saturday is what we saw on tape with him, that he was very durable and he had good vision and could get downhill and be aggressive,” Gundy said.

The continuity of the run game, paired with the outside threat of wide receiver Tylan Wallace, who finished with seven catches for 129 yards and a touchdown against Texas Tech, keeps the offense going.

Wallace, who amassed 1,491 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns in 13 games as a sophomore two years ago, added 903 more yards and eight scores last season before sustaining a torn ACL. In eight games this season, he has 46 catches for 780 yards.

Oklahoma State has produced star wide receivers like Dez Bryant and James Washington, and Gundy isn’t shy about how he rates Wallace.

“He’s up there with them,” Gundy said. “We’ve been lucky here. We’ve had four, five, six guys that are what I would call great college receivers, and he fits right there in that group.”

Oklahoma State is tied for second in the conference with Oklahoma, two games behind Iowa State.

The Horned Frogs aren’t chasing a title, but they have won three of their last four games, including a 59-23 rout of league cellar-dweller Kansas last weekend.

Most notable from the win, said coach Gary Patterson, was the power of the running game. Zach Evans, a freshman getting his first career start, carried 12 times for 100 yards, and TCU finished with 337 yards rushing. A redshirt freshman, Darwin Barlow, wasn’t far behind with 83 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

The ground game was welcome on two fronts, Patterson said.

“Our whole thing was to run the football. That was what they were going to allow us to do,” the coach said, adding the second point, that “the whole theme was kind of, ‘How do you get the game over with as quick as you can?’”

With a shortage of experienced linemen, both on offense and defense, Patterson was eager to shorten the game as much as possible.

“It’s hard to think that you started with 85 scholarships and because of all different scenarios, you’re sitting between 33 and 40 players out,” Patterson said.

Both teams are allowing just under 150 yards rushing per game, while the Cowboys have been better against the pass, surrendering about 170 yards per game through the air compared to 202 for the Horned Frogs.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2020; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs running back Zach Evans (6) runs up field during the first quarter against the Kansas Jayhawks at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

TCU tramples winless Kansas

Max Duggan recorded touchdowns on all three of his completed passes and scored on a 58-yard run Saturday as TCU throttled Kansas 59-23 at Lawrence, Kan.

The Horned Frogs (4-4, 4-4 Big 12) were content to pound the football, rushing for a whopping 337 yards and an 8.2-yard average per carry. Freshman running back Zach Evans responded to his first start by gaining 100 yards on 12 carries. Another freshman, Darwin Barlow, added 83 yards and a TD on eight carries.

TCU also scored two defensive touchdowns and returned a punt for a score.

Duggan, who finished 3-for-11, led the Horned Frogs to scores on their first three possessions, connecting with a pair of tight ends, Pro Wells and Carter Ware, for wide-open touchdowns of 46 and 26 yards, respectively.

Wells scored again on a 24-yard strike in the second quarter.

The rout was on when Derius Davis scored on a punt return for the second time this season, a 37-yarder that gave the Frogs a 24-0 bulge with 3:49 left in the first quarter.

At that point, Kansas (0-8, 0-7) had not yet recorded a first down and was doomed to a 12th consecutive defeat. The Jayhawks remain in jeopardy of absorbing the third winless season in their history.

Third-string quarterback Miles Kendrick played the entire second half for Kansas. He passed for two touchdowns but also threw a pick-six that TCU’s C.J. Ceasar II returned 30 yards and lost a fumble that Dee Winters returned 2 yards for a TD.

Kendrick finished 11 of 18 for 166 yards. Freshman Amauri Peck-Hickson led the Kansas rushers with 100 yards on 22 attempts in his first start.

The Horned Frogs’ first-quarter breakaway came amid three three-and-outs by Kansas, which recorded its first two first downs off holding and interference calls against TCU. The Frogs eventually built a 38-12 halftime lead.

Freshman Jalon Daniels fired his first touchdown in six starts for Kansas, a 48-yard bomb to Kwamie Lassiter II with 1:22 left in the first quarter.

Two errant snaps left the Jayhawks with minus-47 yards on the ground after one quarter. They managed 268 total yards for the game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Derius Davis (12) heads for the end zone on a 66-yard punt return for touchdown during the first half at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

TCU taking nothing for granted vs. Kansas

Fielding a team that looks vastly different because of injuries, TCU head coach Gary Patterson knows not to take an opponent lightly.

In fact, Patterson doesn’t want anyone in his program to even consider the ease with which the Horned Frogs (3-4, 3-4 Big 12) are expected to beat winless Kansas (0-7, 0-6) on Saturday at Lawrence, Kan.

“We’ve only won three ballgames, so no one is going to get overlooked,” Patterson said. “Right now, we’re just worried about us, not Kansas.”

No fewer than 20 TCU players have been lost for the season because of injuries, Patterson said, off a squad that includes just nine scholarship seniors. Those setbacks have only compounded the health issues created by COVID-19 and any players who have had to be scratched because of illnesses.

A two-week layoff since a 24-6 loss at West Virginia did not exactly brighten Patterson’s outlook.

“You are what you are at this point,” said Patterson, who stands 175-74 entering his 250th game as TCU’s head coach. He has won 200 games with the Frogs when counting his time as defensive coordinator.

Only Kansas (15.1) ranks worse in scoring offense than TCU (24.0) among Big 12 teams. The Frogs’ strength has been their ground game, which averages 177.3 yards and is triggered by quarterback Max Duggan, who has accounted for more rushing touchdowns (six) than passing (five).

Defensive end Khari Coleman leads all FBS freshmen with 9.5 tackles for loss, helping the TCU defense ratchet up its QB pressure with 12 sacks in the last three games.

Wide receiver Derius Davis returns after missing the West Virginia game. His 21.8-yard punt return average ranks second nationally and could challenge a Kansas punt coverage unit that allowed two touchdowns in one game earlier this season.

COVID-19 test results diminished depth along the defensive line and prompted the Jayhawks to postpone their game last week against Texas. Kansas has not played since a 62-9 loss at Oklahoma on Nov. 7, when the offensive line struggled mightily, allowing nine sacks.

Freshman quarterback Jalon Daniels left with an ankle injury late in that game but should be available against TCU.

“He practiced all last week. He’ll practice this week,” said Kansas coach Les Miles. “We’d expect him to be certainly a player.”

Daniels averages 110.2 yards passing and has not yet thrown for a touchdown. He supplanted two veteran quarterbacks, senior Thomas MacVittie and junior Miles Kendrick, who each drew starts this season before Miles opted to see Daniels develop.

The shabby performance of the offensive line in the OU debacle led to the off-week dismissal of position coach Luke Meadows and the promotion of John Morookian. Kansas, which has been outscored by 33.3 points on average, is attempting to avoid the third winless season in its history and its second in six years.

Attendance on Saturday will be limited to participants’ family members and essential personnel after Kansas extended its recent no-fans policy to Dec. 5.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2020; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; TCU Horned Frogs running back Emari Demercado (3) is tackled by West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Tony Fields II (1) and safety Tykee Smith (23) during the second quarter at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia cruises past TCU

Jarret Doege threw two touchdown passes to T.J. Simmons and West Virginia kept TCU out of the end zone to improve to 5-0 at home with Saturday’s 24-6 win in Big 12 play at Morgantown, W.Va.

Leddie Brown ran for 156 yards on 24 carries and the Mountaineers’ defense allowed just 295 total yards as the hosts improved to 5-3 overall — 4-3 in the Big 12. Doege finished 19 of 26 for 212 yards and Simmons had four catches for 90.

Aiming for a third straight win, TCU (3-4, 3-4) struggled to get any kind of offensive rhythm going. The Horned Frogs, who dropped to 2-1 on the road, had totaled 67 points in their previous two games.

West Virginia got on the board first with an impressive opening drive. Despite starting pinned up against their own goal-line, the Mountaineers marched 99 yards on 15 plays and capped the effort with Doege’s 1-yard dive. The drive took just 7:33 off the clock.

TCU, though, took advantage of some new life after West Virginia was whistled for a roughing-the-kicker call on a fourth-down punt. That ultimately resulted in Griffin Kell’s 32-yard field early in the second quarter.

However, West Virginia benefited from a TCU pass interference penalty on a third-and-17 situation during its next drive. One play later, Doege hooked up with Simmons for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 11:32 left in the first half.

The Mountaineers’ opening drive of the second half was nearly as strong as their first of the game. This time, Casey Legg capped a 12-play drive with a 42-yard field goal to make it 17-3.

TCU got down to the West Virginia 6-yard line on its first drive of the second half, but settled for Kell’s 32-yard field goal. The Horned Frogs, though, shot themselves in the foot when Trevon Moehrig muffed a punt early in the fourth quarter that West Virginia recovered.

Two plays later, Doege connected with Simmons on a pretty 38-yard touchdown pass down the far sideline.

TCU’s Max Duggan was 16 of 29 for 161 yards with an interception and held to 19 yards rushing after recording 154 on the ground against Texas Tech last weekend.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) scores a touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

TCU runs wild while beating Texas Tech

A strong running game and solid defense were the key ingredients for TCU in a 34-18 victory against Texas Tech on Saturday in Big 12 play at Fort Worth, Texas.

The Horned Frogs shrugged off a lethargic first-half performance to pull away late with a long, grinding drive to open the third quarter and used two big-play runs that stretched the lead and then nailed down the victory.

TCU (3-3, 3-3 Big 12) rushed for 270 yards, sacked Red Raiders quarterback Henry Colombi five times and limited Texas Tech to 311 total yards — only 77 on the ground. Nine Red Raiders’ possessions went three-and-out.

Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan rushed for 154 yards and accounted for the two big plays, the first on a 48-yard draw play late in the third quarter when he split two defenders at the line of scrimmage and darted the distance untouched to give his team a 27-10 lead. He later added an 81-yard touchdown run.

Leading 10-3 at halftime after neither team could move the ball, the Horned Frogs expanded their advantage with a 12-play, 89-yard touchdown drive to open the third quarter. Quentin Johnson scored on a 2-yard run, the last of TCU’s 82 rushing yards on the drive.

Texas Tech (2-5, 1-5) pulled within 17-10 when Colombi floated a pass to Ja’Lynn Polk, who snared the ball as his defender fell down, then raced the rest of the way for a 60-yard score.

The Red Raiders later trailed by 17 before Erik Ezukanma broke free behind the TCU secondary and Colombi launched an on-target throw for a 57-yard score. A successful two-point run closed the gap to 27-18, but that was as close as Texas Tech got.

Texas Tech got the ball back with 4:56 left in the game after TCU didn’t convert a fourth down, and the Raiders were on the move to the Frogs’ 19. But a dubious second-down 37-yard field-goal attempt went wide left, giving TCU the ball back with 2:44 on the clock.

Duggan provided the exclamation point when he rambled 81 yards on a keeper on the second play.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) hands off to running back Zach Evans (6) during the first half against the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech, TCU at crossroads ahead of matchup

Through six up-and-down weeks, Texas Tech and TCU have alternated taking some lumps with showing some positive signs.

Now the two middle-of-the-road Big 12 teams collide with both standing at a crossroads in terms of clinging to bowl game hopes once this strange, pandemic-affected season reaches the finish line.

The Red Raiders (2-4, 1-4) head to Fort Worth to take on the Horned Frogs (2-3, 2-3) on Saturday afternoon at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

One team will round the corner with some momentum against a manageable schedule. The other could be left searching for motivation.

“We’re always playing for this year,” said Texas Tech coach Matt Wells, whose team absorbed a humbling 62-28 loss to then-No. 24 Oklahoma last Saturday.

“You’re looking for the future, but you’re also coaching for the right now and you’re recruiting for the right now and there’s a balance of that.”

For the Red Raiders, the “right now” is a final four-week stretch with three games against teams that currently have losing records — Saturday at TCU, Nov. 14 against Baylor and Dec. 5 against Kansas.

Tech had seemingly taken a big step in the right direction with a 34-27 victory against West Virginia. A promising start versus the Sooners quickly unraveled, though, as OU peppered the Raiders with 48 first-half points and finished with 559 total yards. Texas Tech turned the ball over three times, allowed two sacks and never got back in sync as the Sooners rocked and rolled.

“We started out the way we wanted to with a well-executed first drive, but it just went down from there,” Wells said. “Three turnovers in the red zone, those were self-inflicted. Coming off of that, we did not play well on the defensive side and that was a credit to them. We dug ourselves way too big of a hole in the second quarter.”

TCU encountered a different wave of emotions on the way to a 33-23 triumph against Baylor. The Frogs gashed the Bears’ defense for a season-best 247 rushing yards en route to constructing a 30-0 lead. TCU has topped 200 yards rushing in both victories this season.

Quarterback Max Duggan credited the Frogs’ offensive line for the kind of grind-it-out performance the team may have to rely on against the Red Raiders.

“Our O-line battled,” Duggan said. “They’ve been through a lot and I know a lot of people say a lot of things about them. But we’ve got a lot of guys up there who are warriors and they worked really, really hard. … They did a phenomenal job.”

Added TCU coach Gary Patterson, “This last week we talked about getting better at running the football and we did that. We just need to put both of those together up front offensively. If you can run the football, it opens up the passing game. We’ve got to be able to do that.”

Especially this week facing a Texas Tech defense that is dead last in the Big 12 in pass defense, allowing 339.2 yards a game. Duggan is third in the league in completion percentage (68.1 percent) and has thrown only one interception in 138 attempts.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Derius Davis (12) heads for the end zone on a 66-yard punt return for touchdown during the first half at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Barlow ignites fast start as TCU topples Baylor

Freshman running back Darwin Barlow rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown to lead TCU to a 33-23 win at Baylor in a Big 12 contest on Saturday.

TCU (2-3, 2-3) jumped all over Baylor (1-3, 1-3) from the onset, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter to take a 20-0 lead.

The first score was a 3-yard touchdown run by Barlow with 9:06 left in the first quarter that gave the Horned Frogs a 7-0 lead.

TCU seized a 14-0 lead with 7:54 left in the first on a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown by junior Derius Davis.

The third touchdown of the first quarter was a 13-yard scoring strike from sophomore quarterback Max Duggan to junior wideout Taye Barber.

TCU then made it 27-0 with 13:20 remaining until halftime on a 30-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Zach Evans.

Following a 33-yard field goal by Griffin Kell with 9:07 left in the second quarter, Baylor finally got on the scoreboard right before halftime. The Bears cut into their deficit on a 1-yard touchdown pass from senior Charlie Brewer to sophomore tight end Ben Sims with 14 seconds left until the half.

After TCU went up 33-7 with 10:24 left in the third quarter on a 34-yard field goal by Kell, Baylor began its attempted comeback by scoring 16 straight points.

Brewer hit Sims for a 3-yard touchdown pass. After a 27-yard field goal by sophomore John Mayers, freshman running back Craig Williams scored on a 32-yard touchdown run with 10:25 remaining to cut TCU’s lead to 33-23.

Baylor quickly got the ball back and drove to the TCU 42-yard line, but failed on a fourth-and-2 conversion attempt with 6:24 remaining.

Baylor did not get the ball back, as TCU mounted a drive down inside the Baylor 10-yard line to kill the clock.

–Field Level Media