It was certainly a cathartic victory; though nothing will erase the memories of 2014, seeing this team rise up and meet their potential gives Frog fans true hope for the future - and the future starts in two weeks.
Is this what things were supposed to look like when TCU opened as the No. 13 team in the nation?
“Yes, sir,” Hicks and Hill said together.
So what’s next?
“We’d like to come out and do this every Saturday,” Hicks said. “And we know we’re capable of doing that.”
There were plenty of distractions swirling around the stadium Saturday, as more of the story came out early in the week, a Blackout for Briles movement came to light, and assistant coaches released a choreographed tweet Friday night. Whether those things contributed to the loss we may never know, but it’s clear that TCU was focused on a singular goal.
The Frogs only scored 24 points last week in a double-overtime loss to the porous Texas Tech defense; they scored that many against Baylor by the 10:44 mark of the second quarter. TCU running back Kyle Hicks really tore up the defense with runs between the tackles and to the outside.
Kenny Hill has had his share of detractors this season, and rightfully so, as the junior QB has struggled with accuracy and consistency. But, being pulled from the game at crunch time a week ago seems to have been his wakeup call - he was exactly who he needed to be Saturday in Waco.
Asked what he thought about heading into the Baylor game, Hill said: “Man, I can’t do this. This is A&M all over again.”
Hill said a Sunday talk with quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie following last week’s 27-24 loss to Texas Tech in double overtime helped calm him and boost his confidence.
“Coach Cumbie sat me down and told me, ‘We have faith in you. We just need you to go out there and be the same Kenny you were in the Arkansas game and the Oklahoma game,’ ” Hill said. “I have that fire and that drive. All I was thinking about was coming out here and playing the best I could.”
Sorry Kolby: Kyle Hicks has NO chill. This is a fun read.
"TCU has had a rough season, starting No. 13 in the preseason AP Poll and coming into Saturday's game at No. 17 Baylor with a 4-4 record. The Horned Frogs are feeling just fine right now, though, walking away with a 62-22 W and giving the Bears their second loss. The Frogs looked like the better team for the whole afternoon, taking a 17-7 lead early in the second quarter and never looking back, except to stick their tongues out and wiggle their fingers in front of their noses. They didn't do that, but could've."
Jim Grobe said he didn’t know about the incident, to the surprise of absolutely no one.
"I didn't see that. I know sometimes coaches and kids get emotional on the sideline but I don't know of any really problem," Grobe said. "Nobody came to me as if it was a problem."
QB Seth Russell seems to be over the off the field issues that seem to come up weekly. But he doesn’t need to look far to see the reason for that.
“It is Baylor, stuff is going to come out the day before the game, we expect that,” said Baylor quarterback Seth Russell. “We have everybody against us. It’s tough. Everybody knows what we’re going through. We don’t use that as an excuse. We have been coached better than that, we have been trained where we can’t let those outside things influence us one way or another.”
Much of the attention has been on the men’s side, of course, but the women could be looking at a breakout season of their own.
If the key pieces of the TCU roster can grow and get better once more, and take that next step collectively, the Horned Frogs could very well improve on last year’s sixth-place finish (tied with Kansas State at 8-10) in conference play. The climb will be a steep one, though, with No. 4 Baylor, No. 8 Texas and No. 22 West Virginia reloading their rosters in one of the deepest conferences in the country.
Aussie standout Mayen commits to play at TCU | The Star-Telegram
The Australian connection is paying dividends early for the Frogs, as another talented player from down under will make his future home in Funky Town.
“He has big aspirations of getting to the NBA and performing on that big stage in America,” Jantke said. “Obviously, TCU is an up-and-coming program. He would like to help establish them as a powerhouse.”
Jantke said the recruiting efforts of TCU assistant coach David Patrick, a native of Australia in his first season under new TCU coach Jamie Dixon, played a big role in landing Mayen because Patrick “has a huge reputation in Australia.”
The TCU women play today at 2:30pm on FS1. Tune in!
For the second straight year, Baylor and TCU needed extra time to decide the winner. After going to penalty kicks in 2015, this year's matchup was determined when senior Meghan Murphy converted a goal with 2:51 left in the first overtime off a corner kick from fellow senior Michelle Prokof. It was the second goal of the season for Murphy.
This is an amazing story: former TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom gave up his NFL dream to come back home and help coach up the next generation of kicking stars. And, he’s using a certain Frogs O’ War writer’s students to help build his new business. Oh, and the story was written by a TCU alum as well. Frogs helping Frogs helping Frogs helping Future Frogs. Pretty cool, right? #FrogFam
"The goal is to make as many kids better as I can," he said. "One, it's what I like to do. And two, getting a text from their parents on Friday night saying [my son] went 2-for-2 is pretty cool, y'know?"