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TCU 45, Baylor 22: Quick Thoughts

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TCU struggled early at times, but ran away from Baylor in the 4th to clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game

NCAA Football: Baylor at Texas Christian Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

TCU struggled early on with a costly penalty on the kickoff return and subsequently gave up a sack in the end zone for a safety, then gave up a touchdown on the ensuing Baylor drive on a simple crossing route to make it a 9-0 game in favor of Baylor. TCU answered and took the lead several drives later, and the defense ultimately clamped down in the second half after giving up a few long plays and wheel route touchdowns. The Bears broke TCU’s streak of seven games allowing zero points in the second half, but only managed a field goal meaning the zero touchdown streak has now reached eight straight.

Mat Boesen broke the TCU record for sacks in a single-game with 5.5, and was as disruptive as he has ever been today. Kenny Hill had a solid day, but still missed some throws low throwing it at several receivers’ feet, and into double and triple coverage multiple times. It was also clear that the offensive line played a lot better once Patrick Morris came back into the game.

Each entire team was given unsportsmanlike conduct penalties following a big brawl in the third quarter. Chris Bradley shoved the Baylor running back just as he was going out of bounds, and started mouthing off after the Baylor coaches called for a late-hit flag. Baylor Center Sam Tecklenburg then shoved Bradley, after which Ross Blacklock shoved Tecklenburg, then Blacklock was shoved to the ground by two more Baylor players, and all hell broke loose. TCU’s sideline cleared and several players from both sides were either kicking players on the ground or throwing punches, including both of Baylor’s players wearing #33, as well as Nick Orr and LJ Collier for TCU.

You can see the full play and fight here: https://mobile.twitter.com/sporer/status/934146326949957632/video/1

The Big 12 will likely hand out suspensions following video review of the brawl and TCU may be down several key players for next week’s game. TCU got baited into this from a now 1-11 rival who has nothing else to play for and a team that suspensions won’t hurt.

The Horned Frogs’ win sets up a rematch with OU in Arlington next Saturday morning as they’ll try to win the Big 12 Championship. The Frogs could be shorthanded with potential suspensions and an injury to their star returner, but KaVontae Turpin was in a walking boot during the second half of the game (although Gary Patterson said in post-game comments the move was precautionary).