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.