#4 TCU is still undefeated after coming off a FG at Baylor
“It looked like chaos, but that’s how we do it every Thursday,” Frogs coach Sonny Dykes said.
And the Horned Frogs did it perfectly to remain undefeated in the absence of practice.
Kell hit a 40-yard field goal on the last play of the game and TCU won Baylor Saturday, 29-28, scored nine points in the final 2:07 to avoid another potential playoff loss at Brazos River.
Emary Demercado He scored on a 3-yard TD run to cap a 90-yard drive with 2:07 left to get the Frogs (11-0, 8-0 Big 12) within 28-26, but he couldn’t complete the pass. 2 point conversion action.
After driving deep, TCU used three of three timeouts to force a three-and-out and get the ball back to the 31 with 1:34 left. Max Duggan He had two completions before scoring a third down on a 12-yard run.
Demercado fell just short of stopping the clock on a drive to the Baylor 23, dropping down the middle of the field with 16 seconds left on a back-to-back offensive and special teams run. The ball was snapped with 3 seconds left, and Kell’s shot, which had previously been an extra-point attempt from the upright, went wide as time expired.
“The great thing about the last drive is that we threw out all the concepts for the day,” Duggan said. “We threw in easy things that we can practice and do with our eyes closed and things that you believe in… So just going out there, being confident, believing that it’s going to happen and Griff will hit it big. we”.
With a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game, TCU hasn’t lost a season since 2010, which ended with a Rose Bowl victory and a No. 2 national ranking at 13-0.
The first time the Frogs played at McLain Stadium in 2014, after it first opened, they lost 61-58. It was their only loss that season and they shared the Big 12 title with Baylor. They were the first two teams to be eliminated from the first four-team College Football Playoff.
Baylor (6-5, 4-4) was coming off a 31-3 loss to Kansas State a week ago, but last year’s Big 12 champion rallied 28-20 after the freshman scored a TD early in the fourth quarter. quarterback: tight end Kelsey Johnson‘s 12-yard catch and Richard Reese1 yard run.
“It’s a tough locker room,” Baylor coach Dave Aranda said. “I told them I wanted us to relieve the pain.”
Duggan went 24-of-35 for 327 yards and also ran for a score while leading the Frogs with 50 yards on eight carries. Kendre Miller He had his 12th straight rushing TD, a 2-yarder early in the second quarter that tied it at 14 before he was injured early in the second half.
TCU didn’t take the lead until Duggan got wide open Gunnar Henderson for a 26-yard field goal with 5½ minutes left in the third quarter, one play after the two connected for 20 yards. Kell made it 20-14 after the missed PAT.
Baylor’s Blake Shapen He was 21-30 passing for 269 yards and a score, while Craig “Squirrel” Williams rushed for 112 yards. Monarey Baldwin Had six catches for 123 yards, including a 74-yard gain on third-and-11 that set up Reese’s TD with 9:47 left.
“It’s very painful to end up like this,” Williams said.
TCU: Another comeback for the Frogs, who overcame double-digit second-half deficits against Oklahoma State and Kansas State last month. They never let up after several players dealt with flu-like symptoms during the week, and they finished the game without their leading receiver. Quentin Johnston and Miller.
Baylor: The Bears never had much trouble moving the ball, with 501 total yards, 232 on the ground. On the opening drive, they rushed for 56 yards — more than double Texas’ total against TCU the week before. But they missed a chance to take a halftime lead when they intercepted Shaepen’s pass in the end zone. Bud Clark 4 seconds left.
TCU remains in the top four of the AP poll entering Sunday and should be in the all-important top four of the new CFP rankings on Tuesday.
TCU closes out the regular season next Saturday at home against Iowa State.
Baylor at Texas State on Friday.
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