Baylor Escapes Fort Worth with Triple-Overtime Win to Remain Unbeaten
Coming into Saturday, the Bears perfect record was on the line once again. This time against heated rival, TCU. We all know the history between these two programs and over the last decade or so, where it has become one of the best rivalries in college football. Sure, this feels a lot different than the infamous Gary Patterson/Art Briles feud, but make no mistake, these two fan bases despise each other.
No matter what side of the fence you are on, you knew that this was going to be one hard hitting football game and it certainly was. In fact, this game had all the great game qualities. Big plays to remember? Check. Great hard-hitting football? Check. A crazy overtime finish? Check. All in all, this was one of those games that won’t be forgotten in this series, and years from now, fans who were at this game will be mentioning this one over a few drinks at the bar. You couldn’t ask for a better Big 12 game and here is how it all went down in Fort Worth. Buckle up.
The Horned Frogs went right down the field on the game’s first drive but couldn’t make the most of it as TCU kicker Griffin Kell kicked in a 47-yard field goal to give TCU the early 3-0 lead. However, TCU would be familiar with field goals in the first half as kicker Jonathan Song knocked in two more kicks.
Meanwhile, Baylor played one of the sloppiest halves in a while as they went completely scoreless in the first half. In fact, that was the first time in eighteen games that the Bears had a scoreless first half. Baylor’s first half drive summary went like this, punt, interception, punt, missed field goal and a fumble. That last fumble was costly as TCU did a squib kick as Baylor couldn’t haul it in to give TCU an extra three points before the half. Despite the horrendous offensive performance of just 73 yards of offense and zero points, Baylor just trailed 9-0 at the break.
Just like TCU did to start the game, Baylor’s first second half drive resulted in a 36-yard field goal by John Mayers to cut the Horned Frog lead to just six. Shortly after, a Max Duggan interception would help the Bears put three more on the board to make it a 9-6 game early in the fourth quarter.
Both teams would trade punts back and forth for a while and then Baylor found themselves down three with 3:23 left in the game with the ball at their own 12-yard line. Somehow the Bears would work their way down the field and thanks to a pass interference penalty against TCU, Baylor was in scoring range with just under one minute left. Then the unthinkable happened as the Bears committed three0straight penalties on offense with two false starts and one illegal formation call. Still, the Bears still had one final try to get a first down on a third and nineteen from the TCU 34-yard line. Unfortunately for Baylor, Charlie Brewer missed a wide-open Josh Fleeks for the go ahead score to likely win the game. This would force a 51-yard field goal attempt from Baylor kicker John Mayers who apparently has ice in his veins as he just put it over the crossbar to tie the game at nine with just thirty-six seconds left.
With TCU not interested in making a final push, there was going to be some overtime football in Fort Worth as the Bears got the football first. After a key third-down conversion, quarterback Charlie Brewer powered his way for score to put Baylor up 16-9. As for TCU, they had three plays that went virtually nowhere. Then they were down to their final down as they faced a fourth and nine from the Baylor twenty-four-yard line. TCU quarterback Max Duggan threw it up to wide out Tevailance Hunt to the corner of the endzone and while he initially appeared to be out of bounds, instant replay showed that Hunt somehow got his hand in bounds before his body hit and just like that, TCU tied things up at sixteen to push the game into double overtime.
In just five short plays, TCU would find the end zone as running back Sewo Olonilua pushed his way in for a short two-yard score as the Frogs put themselves up 23-16. Baylor would respond in a big way on a fourth down try as Charlie Brewer hit Denzel Mims for a 20-yard touchdown grab to tie the game and send this thing into a third overtime.
Baylor went right back to Denzel Mims for another score in just two plays as the Bears went up 29-23 after a missed two-point conversion. TCU would get their shot to win, and it looked like they would at least tie, as Max Duggan broke off an incredible touchdown run, however it was determined that he had stepped out of bounds just inside the ten-yard line. Then on a fourth down try, Duggan was intercepted by Grayland Arnold to seal the game for Baylor as they would win 29-23 in triple overtime.
Sure, it wasn’t always pretty for Baylor. Maybe they have a problem playing down to their competition but if you are a Baylor fan, you can’t have a problem with being 9-0. With the win, Baylor remains in first place in the Big 12 and next week they welcome Oklahoma to town and the winner of that game will likely punch their ticket to Jerry World to play for a Big 12 title. Not to mention, it is very possible that College Gameday makes their way to Waco next weekend for this big match up.
As for TCU, it was a tough loss. They were playing at home with nothing to lose against arguably their biggest rival. While the defense kept them in the game and protected their lead at times, the offense was a bit of a letdown today. Sure, the offense made some plays in overtime but if you are a TCU fan, you probably felt as if the game should have never made it past four quarters. While TCU will fall to 4-5, this has become the season to prepare Max Duggan for a bright 2020 season ahead.
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