Baylor Stuns TCU 50-48 In Thrilling Season Opener

The Horned Frogs look to get their 2011 season off on the right foot on Friday night as they head to Baylor to take on the Bears.

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Baylor Stuns TCU As Bears Top Horned Frogs 50-48

The TCU Horned Frogs can kiss a third straight trip to a BCS bowl goodbye after Friday night. The Baylor Bears, led by Robert Griffin III, upset the reigning Rose Bowl champions 50-48 in a thrilling opening to the college football season. 

Griffin shined in the national spotlight, leading the Bears to victory. Griffin truly did everything he could on offense: he was 21 of 27 passing for 359 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 38 yards and even adding a 15 yard reception on the decisive scoring drive for Baylor. 

The Bears led TCU at the half 34-23, which is a complete 180° from the defense TCU has played over the last three seasons. Baylor would take a 47-23 lead midway through the third quarter.

Casey Pachall, though, didn't let the Horned Frogs go without a fight. TCU came roaring back, scoring 25 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take a narrow 48-47 lead on a Ross Evans 27 yard field goal with 4:27 to play.

Griffin, though, would not let the Bears be denied on Friday night. Griffin led the Bears on an 11 play, 60 yard drive, setting up Aaron Jones, who nailed a 37 yard field goal to give Baylor a 50-48 lead. 

TCU received the ball back deep in their own territory with less than a minute to go and led the Horned Frogs into Baylor territory. Pachall, though, threw an interception trying to force a pass into triple coverage to get TCU into field goal range.

With the loss, TCU's 25 game regular season winning streak was snapped and their BCS hopes entirely dashed. 

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College Football: Game Times, TV

The first weekend of college football is finally here! The weekend will kick off, at least for big time teams in our region, Friday night with TCU visiting Baylor with their nearly two-year long regular season winning streak on the line. The Saturday slate is highlighted by the showdown in the Death Star and the Aggies opening with a bit of a tester at home versus the Ponies.

FRIDAY

TCU (No. 14) at Baylor – 7:00, ESPN

SATURDAY

Miami (OH) at Missouri (No. 21) – 11:00, FSN
Missouri State at Arkansas (No. 15) – 6:00, ESPN3
Louisiana-Lafayette at Oklahoma State (No. 9) – 6:00
Texas State at Texas Tech – 6:00
Oregon (No. 3) vs. LSU (No. 4) – 7:00, ABC
Tulsa at Oklahoma (No. 1) – 7:00, FX
Rice at Texas – 7:00, LHN
Boise State (No. 5) at Georgia (No. 19) – 7:00, ESPN

SUNDAY

SMU at Texas A&M (No. 8), 6:30, FSN

Whether most of us get to see the rebuilt Longhorns’ first appearance may come right down to the wire. As of Friday afternoon ESPN still didn’t have agreements with most major providers.

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TCU Horned Frogs Open Season Against Baylor

The Horned Frogs look to get their 2011 season off on the right foot on Friday night as they head to Baylor to take on the Bears.

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