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TCU vs. Baylor: Frogs pull away late

A huge third quarter was the difference for TCU, who got revenge for their last-second loss in 2011 with a convincing victory in Waco over their long-time rivals.

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Six Baylor turnovers lead to defeat against TCU

Baylor quarterback Nick Florence has had better games than his four-interception performance against TCU in the Bears' 49-21 loss Saturday.

Turnovers were a huge factor in the outcome, and despite a -6 mark in the takeaways column, Baylor was within a touchdown at the end of the third quarter.

TCU rattled off 21 unanswered points in the victory, not leaving Bears fans with a strong sense of optimism. Our Daily Bears, SB Nation's Baylor site, lists the play of wide receiver Terrance Williams (three catches, 163 yards and two touchdowns) as perhaps the only positive in the loss.

If we're starting with positives, the list basically starts and ends with Terrance Williams (Terrence Williams to our system for whatever reason). He may not have Kendall Wright's longevity in the program (and the resulting statistics), but I'm coming around to the idea that he is the most complete receiver in Baylor history.

The Bears rushed for a mediocre 3.3 yards per carry -- 106 yards on 32 rushes -- leading to some questions about running back Jarred Salubi's role as the team's primary back on first and second downs.

The "Feature Back Jarred Salubi" experiment needs to end. I don't see why we're playing out the string on it any more than we have to. Yes, he's the best pass blocker and it has served us well on third downs. It could again. He's not the best option on first and second, and that's where our biggest offensive problems were in this game. We tried and failed to establish the run on first down, mostly through Salubi.

Baylor travels to Austin on Oct. 20 to face Texas.


TCU's balanced offense leads to win over Baylor

TCU's 49-21 drubbing of Baylor in Waco, Texas on Saturday was due to two things: the Horned Frogs didn't turn the ball over, and they were successful at both running and throwing the ball.

Frogs 'O War, SB Nation's TCU blog, had this reaction:

TCU didn't turn the ball over. Apart from the ball coming out on (quarterback Trevone) Boykin early in the first quarter, which he then recovered, TCU did not put the ball on the turf or in the hands of a defensive back all game. And as a result of holding onto the ball, the TCU offense was absolutely deadly- 242 yards on the ground and 266 in the air, balance reigned once more for the Frogs. What this did was force the Baylor defense to die by a thousand cuts, picking up third down conversion after third down conversion and keeping the Baylor offense off the field.

The Frogs scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, making the game appear more one-sided than it was for three quarters.

This is a game that will be big for TCU this season -- it was a needed win for bowl eligibility, but it was a game that Baylor recruits, including six who hold offers from TCU, were watching in person.

This is a game that will be big for TCU this season- it was a needed win for bowl eligibility, but it was a game that Baylor recruits, including six who hold offers from TCU, were watching in person.


TCU vs. Baylor final: Frogs win 49-21

The TCU Horned Frogs used 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to turn a close game into a blowout, beating Baylor 49-21 on Saturday night in Waco.

Baylor trailed TCU 14-7 coming out of the first half, with both teams trading touchdowns on five straight drives to open up the second half. Nick Florence would pass for two touchdowns in the third quarter to get the Bears to within 28-21 before the Horned Frogs took over.

After a Laderice Sanders 2-yard rushing touchdown gave TCU a 35-21 lead, Nick Florence would be intercepted by Kevin White, giving the ball back to TCU deep in their own territory. Trevone Boykin's pass to Josh Boyce just three plays later would effectively put the game away.

Box Score Hero: A week after costly turnovers doomed the TCU offense against Iowa State, Trevone Boyking threw four touchdowns and rushed for another. For the game, Boykin was 22-of-30 for 262 yards and four touchdowns, rushing for 64 yards on 17 carries.

Rankings Ramifications: TCU, which dropped out of the Top 25 last week, could get a bump back into the rankings following a big win on the road.

But Did They Cover? Baylor were 6.5-point favorites and did not come close to covering.

For More On This Game: For more on Bears football, visit Baylor blog Our Daily Bears, plus SB Nation Dallas. For more on Horned Frogs football, visit TCU blog Frogs O' War, plus SB Nation Dallas.

Next Week's Schedule: TCU takes on Texas Tech on Saturday, Oct. 20. Baylor will travel to Austin to take on Texas. Both kickoff times have yet to be determined.

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Horned Frogs lead Bears 28-21 after 3 quarters

TCU leads the Baylor Bears 28-21 at the end of three quarters at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.

Trevone Boykin, whose mistakes helped doom the Horned Frogs last week against Iowa State, led two lengthy touchdown drives in the third quarter to help TCU start to pull away from Baylor. Boykin's 43-yard touchdown pass to LaDarius Brown to start the half gave TCU a 21-7 lead, with Nick Florence capping a 75-yard drive for Baylor with a 5-yard run to pull the Bears back within seven.

The Hornded Frogs would take a 14-point lead once more when TCU back Josh Boyce rushed for a 2-yard score late in the quarter. Baylor would immediately answer with a 77-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams from Nick Florence on the first play of the drive.

For the game, Boykin is 21-of-29 for 246 yards and three touchdowns, rushing for 40 more yards on 12 carries. Receiver Cam White is leading TCU with 65 yards receiving on five catches.

Baylor quarterback Nick Florence in 11-of-16 for 288 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, with Terrance Williams leading the Bears with 163 yards receiving on just three catches.


TCU leads Baylor, 14-7, despite being out-gained

With a 74-yard touchdown pass from Nick Florence to Terrance Williams just 26 seconds into the game, the Baylor Bears looked like they were in for an offensive explosion against the TCU Horned Frogs. However, they haven't managed to score since, despite gaining 191 yards of total offense in the first half.

Instead it was the Horned Frogs that scored twice, via a pair of touchdown passes from Trevone Boykin to Cam White to get out to 14-7 lead. Completing 11 of 17 passes, Boykin was efficient as he led TCU down the field on eight-play and 16-play touchdown drives.

The Bears though, shot themselves in the foot with three first half turnovers. Florence threw two interceptions in the first quarter, each in TCU territory, and a fumble by Jarred Salubi in the second quarter spoiled another scoring opportunity.

At halftime, Florence has completed 8 of 12 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Bears out-gained the Horned Frogs, 209 yards to 187.


Bears, Horned Frogs tied through 1st quarter

The Baylor Bears have been driving the ball well against the TCU Horned Frogs, but the game remains tied at 7-7 through the first quarter. Nick Florence has thrown for 109 yards with a touchdown, but he's also tossed two drive-killing interceptions, which is the big reason that the Bears aren't out in front.

Florence has thrown for 70 more yards than Trevone Boykin of TCU, but that's mostly due to the fact that Florence hit Terrance Williams for a 74-yard touchdown on the team's opening drive. That was Baylor's only score thus far, and TCU managed to even it up off of the first of Florence's interceptions, which came on Baylor's second drive.

Florence was intercepted by Jason Vernett and it was taken to the TCU 45. Boykin led his team on an eight-play, 55-yard drive that ended in a TCU touchdown when he hit Cam White for an 18-yard strike. Baylor then took the ball and had a 14-play drive, but Florence was intercepted by Chris Hackett, just as Baylor was entering field goal range.


Baylor QB Florence off to red-hot start

With the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III to the NFL, Baylor quarterback Nick Florence had some huge shoes to fill this season. Luckily for Florence, he had already had experience stepping in for Griffin III in the past, so this was not something new.

Florence has helped ease the loss of Griffin III so far, racking up gaudy passing stats and leading Baylor to a 3-1 record. The senior quarterback has passed for 1,585 yards and 16 touchdowns, completing 63.7 percent of his passes along the way. Baylor currently leads the nation in passing with 416.5 yards per game.

Florence has come a long way since being recruited to Baylor as a three-star quarterback from South Garland High School in Texas. After an up-and-down freshman campaign that saw him start seven games due to injuries to Griffin III and Blake Szymanski, Florence saw limited time over the course of the next two seasons.

But now that the reins are his, Florence has taken full control of the explosive Baylor offensive attack. Although the Bears lost their last game to West Virginia, Florence threw for a ridiculous 581 yards and five scores.

Florence will look to continue his torrid start this Saturday against TCU. The Horned Frogs have allowed just 13.2 points per game, but they did give up 37 points last week to Iowa State.


TCU vs. Baylor: Breaking down the rivalry

We brought in SB Nation's Frogs blogger to talk about the keys to Saturday's game against Baylor as the two local schools renew an old rivalry in the Big 12.


TCU vs. Baylor: Trevone Boykin's growing pains

When TCU starting quarterback Casey Pachall was suspended because of a DUI arrest, backup Trevone Boykin was forced to step up -- with only one practice under center -- before facing Iowa State. In the first Big 12 home game for TCU, Boykin would toss three interceptions as Iowa State would beat the Horned Frogs, 37-23.

TCU fell out of the AP Top 25 with the loss. "We wish we had a little bit more for [time for] it. The biggest thing is he doesn't have the experience to do it," Patterson said (courtesy of ESPN Dallas). "Trevone runs better, but just needs the experience of seeing the field better."

Iowa State is considered to have one of the best defenses in the country, and TCU had pulled to within 23-20, and then 30-23, in the fourth quarter before ultimately falling short. Patterson said that while the Cyclones may have a good defense, Boykin is expected to perform much better in the future.

"You're talking about playing your first Big 12 [game] and I consider Iowa State a pretty good defense," Patterson said. "The key is you can't throw interceptions, especially not for touchdowns, and you can't turn the ball over. He's got to do a better job of managing the game."

The Horned Frogs face Baylor on Saturday, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. CT.


Casey Pachall's suspension and TCU's reputation

The Frogs season may be ruined without Pachall, but there were some significant non-football reasons that left Gary Patterson little choice in how to deal with his star QB's DWI.

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