This year’s match up between TCU and Baylor certainly didn’t live up to last year’s triple-overtime thriller.
The Horned Frogs jumped out to a 20-0 first quarter lead and never looked back, rolling to a 33-23 win over the Bears. The three first quarter scores all came thanks to the three different units on the team. First up, it was a five-play, 73-yard drive ending with a Darwin Barlow touchdown run. Then it was Derius Davis with a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown. Lastly, TCU’s La’Kendrick Van Zandt picked off Charlie Brewer and four plays later Max Duggan found Taye Barber for a 13-yard touchdown.
TCU scored another 10 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a dominant 30-0 lead. A 30-7 lead at halftime saw this game out of reach as the Bears were able to add some garbage time touchdowns in the second half, but the game was long out of reach as the Horned Frogs won the game 33-23.
TCU had a field day going up against the Baylor Bears’ offensive line, racking up five sacks from five different players. Baylor entered the game last in the Big 12 with 3.0 yards per carry and that number is even lower after this game, as the Bears averaged just 2.3 yards per carry on Saturday on 33 carries.
Meantime, it was the Horned Frogs who racked up 247 yards on the ground at 5.4 yards per carry.
For the Horned Frogs, it was important to get back in the win column after losses last week to Oklahoma and two weeks prior against Kansas State. It was, by far, the most complete game of the season for the Horned Frogs, playing exactly the kind of football Gary Patterson wants his team to play: Strong defense, forcing turnovers, and getting the running game going to set up the offense.
For the Baylor Bears, this program looks like it may have a long way to go to get back to where Matt Rhule had this team in 2019 when it reached the Big 12 Championship. Since beating Kansas in the season opener, the Bears have lost three in a row to West Virginia, Texas and TCU.
Baylor’s schedule doesn’t get any easier, with a road trip to Iowa State on deck for next weekend, while TCU welcomes in the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
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