TCU Routes Baylor; 49-21

TCU forced six turnovers and the offense rolled up over 500 total yards in a dominating 49-21 victory on the road at Baylor.

Waco, Texas – The TCU Horned Frogs moved to 5-1 and 2-1 in Big 12 play with a dominating 49-21 win over Baylor. The Frogs forced six turnovers on the night including four interceptions. Trevone Boykin, making only his second career start under center completed 22-of-30 passes for 261 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 56 yards and 1 score on 16 rushes.

Aundre Dean picked up 75 yards against Baylor
On the night, the Frogs offense tallied 509 total yards and converted 14-of-19 third down conversions. Defensively, the Frogs held Baylor to only 55 total plays for 432 yards. The Bears entered the game with the #2 offense in the country.

"Bottom line is we got to 5-1, now we've got Texas Tech," head coach Gary Patterson said. "We won, we didn't turn the ball over. There were a whole bunch of people that did a good job on offense and we had some takeaways. That's what you have to do in a conference that throws the ball all over the place. That's what we came here for."

The Frogs' offense used clock management to their favor with three drives of over 10 plays and 75-yards giving Baylor little chance to stay in the game.

"If you control the ball and the other team doesn't have it then they don't have a chance to score and that's a big deal," Patterson said.

TCU strong safety Sam Carter said the offense ability to move the ball helped the defense out tremendously.

"It helped big time, any defensive player knows that when the offense has long drives it gives you more rest," Carter said. "With a team like that we needed to get rest."

It didn't take long for Baylor to show the nation their firepower on deep passes, scoring on the second play of the game on a Nick Florence to Terrance Williams 74-yard pass.

And just like that it appeared the route was on. But, someone forgot to tell the TCU defense as they forced three turnovers against the Bears in the first half. After TCU's first possession went three and out, Baylor took over and on second down Florence's pass was intercepted by Jason Verrett.

Verrett's interception led to an 8-play 55-yard drive by the Frogs offense which culminated in an 18-yard scoring toss from Trevone Boykin to Cam White. It was White's first career touchdown.

The defense wasn't finished.

It wasn't just turnovers that had the Frogs' defense fired up. The Frogs hurried Florence in the first half, collecting four sacks including two by strong safety Carter.

"They hadn't played a lot of four man rushes, only Sam Houston State had rushed them with four guys," Patterson said. "We had to change up some coverages, the one long play by Williams in the second half was my fault, I went to a blitz instead of sticking with the game plan."

Carter says it's always a plan to get pressure on the quarterback but against Baylor they finally executed.

"Every game we get pressure, today our guys just got pressure," Carter said.

The Bears did get things going again with 11:18 left in the second quarter and promptly moved 41 yard in 4 plays. But, on the fourth play freshman defensive end Devonte Fields forced a fumble that safety Chris Hackett recovered.

The defense pressured Florence most of the night
The Frogs offense responded with perhaps their best drive of the season going 16-plays for 75-yards and most importantly it drained 7:43 off the clock. The drive was capped by a 15-yard toss from Boykin to White, who hauled in his second score of the night. White finished with 4 catches for 51 yards and 2 scores.

"I did a couple of great things but I feel like I can do better with practice," White said. "It's always good to have a breakout game but it's all about being a team player, you have patience and it will come."

The second half started much of the same for the Frogs offense as they scored on a 10-play, 80-yard drive that was capped with Boykin's third touchdown pass of the night, this time to Ladarius Brown for 43-yards.

Baylor quickly responded with 7-play 75 yard drive capped by a 5-yard score by Florence. A pass of 47-yards to Tevin Reese highlighted the drive.

But, as they did in the second quarter, the Frogs again put together an amazing 15-play, 74-yard drive that took of another 7:44 off the clock. The drive was capped by a 2-yard plunge by Josh Boyce to give the Frogs a 28-14 lead.

Baylor wasted little time responding.

Just as TCU used long drives to score, it took Baylor only one throw from Florence to Williams of 77-yards to draw within 28-21.

Once again however, with Baylor's score the TCU offense responded. This time Boykin led a 10-play, 75-yard drive that finished with a 2-yard run by Laderice Sanders to extend the lead to 35-21.

Florence threw his third interception of the night on the Bears ensuing drive that Kevin White returned to the Baylor 14. TCU scored just three plays later on Boykin's fourth touchdown pass of the night, this time to Josh Boyce for 15-yards to put the Frogs up by three touchdowns.

"I'm proud of the whole secondary because they communicated and we changed up some coverages to get ready for this ball game and we executed," Patterson said. "They have some good receivers."

The Frogs picked off Florence for the fourth and final time with 8:21 left in the fourth quarter. TCU used a 6 play 44 yard drive to finish off the Bears as Boykin scored from three yards out.

Horned Frog Insider Top Stories