Mule stuck around, and made the most of his opportunity when it finally came.
So credit should go to Muehlstein for sticking with one program his entire college career. This is a guy who was the fourth-rated quarterback from Texas in his high school class and has been waiting for this kind of moment.
“I’ve thought about it, of course,” Muehlstein said. “But I didn’t know. After five years, I was like, ‘All right, is it ever going to come?’
“Kind of a while to wait for something like this. I guess in the back of my head, I always thought I’d be able to get in and play, at least at some point.”
It happened against the school’s biggest rival with the season on the line. And Muehlstein didn’t disappoint, managing the offense well.
It feels like an eternity since this mattered, yet the Bears keep holding on.
Yet here’s the rub for the Bears — there hasn’t been much to crow about in the series since then.
TCU’s 16-9 win at McLane Stadium was the Frogs’ fourth straight over Baylor. The Bears haven’t won since that epic, Bryce Petty-led comeback in 2014 that indeed produced a 61-58 final score.
In fact, the Frogs’ current run is their longest stretch of success in the hyper-competitive series since winning eight straight from 1964-71. All-time since the first meeting in 1899, TCU leads the series, 55-52-7.
This kid certainly looks the part of a ready made college defensive end.
“The coaches love my film and they expect me to come in and make an immediate impact,” Plant said.
The good news for TCU and Plant is the fact he still has all of his eligibility remaining, meaning he has five years to play four. He will enroll in January.
The Frogs are known as a defensive school under Gary Patterson. The program has also produced some talented defensive linemen; Banogu and Collier are both projected to get drafted by the NFL next year. Plant is excited to be playing for a school known for defense.
“Man, I’m excited to play for such a great coach and coaching staff and going to a defensive school makes its even sweeter,” he said.