Posted by Tom Fornelli
BAYLOR WON. For the first time since 2004, Baylor picked up a victory over a ranked opponent by defeating No. 14 TCU in Waco on Friday night. Robert Griffin III sparked a Baylor offense that racked up 564 yards against the nation's best defense in 2010, throwing for 359 yards and 5 touchdowns. The majority of those yards going to Kendall Wright, who finished with 12 receptions for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns.
WHY BAYLOR WON. Baylor tried to lose. The Bears entered the fourth quarter with a 47-23 lead but 25 unanswered points later TCU had retaken the lead with 4:27 to go. Thankfully for the Bears, after the offense got a bit too conservative in the fourth, things picked up again on a final drive that finished with a 37-yard field goal from Aaron Jones that proved to be the winner.
WHEN BAYLOR WON. Originally it felt like Baylor had the game won early in the third quarter when it took a 40-23 lead, but this one wasn't over until Mike Hicks intercepted a Casey Pachall pass in the closing seconds.
WHAT BAYLOR WON. Respect, pure and simple. Yes, the Bears went bowling last season, but not many people were giving them a chance against the defending Rose Bowl champions. Sure, they just held on, but a win over TCU is a win over TCU and it's one of the bigger wins in recent Baylor history, including last year's victory against Texas.
WHY TCU LOST. TCU turned things on late and were able to take a lead in the fourth quarter, but the hole it dug in the first three quarters was just too much to overcome. While the defense played much better late, it was still torn apart for the first 45 minutes and it's something TCU will have to address in the coming weeks.
WHAT TCU LOST. The Horned Frogs lost some credibility on Friday night. A team that many felt deserved a shot at the national championship the last few years, the odds of TCU returning to a BCS bowl game may already be erased after losing to Baylor. The good news is that there's still a lot of games left in the year, and memories are short, so if the Frogs can win the Mountain West and beat Boise State, they could find themselves back in the BCS this January.
THAT WAS CRAZY. The entire 60 minutes. Honestly, trying to pick out one insane moment in this game is impossible. The 60 minutes of football played on Friday night in Waco were exactly what make college football the greatest sport in the world. Thank goodness it's back.
QUICK HITS: Baylor 50 TCU 48
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:08 am
Edited on: September 3, 2011 12:13 am