25 Rapid Reactions vs. Baylor

The TCU Horned Frogs came up just short in their comeback bid with less than a minute to go and in doing so, finish the season 4-8. Here's my top 25 comments on the game

25. Baylor came out early and showed tremendous pace. So much so that TCU seemed to struggle getting their defensive calls in during the 1st quarter. Eventually the Frogs found a groove but it was tough sledding early on.

24. B.J. Catalon ripped off a 26 yard run followed by a 47 yard run and it looked early on like he was in for a monster night. He finished with 11 carries for 93 yards which begs the question, should he have had more touches?

23. TCU shot themselves in the foot after Catalon's two long runs. They had 1st and goal at the two yard line but opted to bring Boykin in to attempt a run around the right end. Baylor, as well as everyone else in the stadium, sniffed it out and Boykin lost 4 yards on the play. A botched snap ensued and TCU lost 3 more yards back to the 9, which made them settle for a 3-3 tie instead of taking an early 7-3 lead.

22. The Frog defense struggled early in 3rd and 4th and long situations. Even after their early struggles, they clamped down and held Baylor's offense in check most of the night.

21. Clay Fuller's diving, 22 yard touchdown grab gave Baylor the 10-3 lead with 4:18 left in the 1st quarter. TCU's defense locked him down in the second half, but early on, he was the guy to watch on 3rd and long situations.

20. TCU failed to get any significant pressure on Petty in the 1st quarter but after listening to Gary Patterson's post game press conference, it sounds like it was his doing. Realizing that they had to get pressure on Petty, Patterson dialed up the pressure from the 2nd quarter on.

19. Lache Seastrunk looked like an All-American in the 1st quarter as he compiled 14 carries for 64 yards against the TCU D. After the 1st quarter, TCU stuffed Seastrunk to the tune of 30 yards on 10 carries. Shock Linwood was a non-factor.

18. After putting up 201 yards of offense (103 passing, 98 rushing) in the 1st quarter, TCU held Baylor's high powered offense to just 169 yards of total offense over the next 3 quarters.

17. TCU's unwillingness to line up under center for 3rd and 4th and short situations cost them early on. When they decided to go under center later in the 2nd quarter, Jordan Moore scored from 1 yard out.

16. TCU took numerous shots downfield tonight and it showed that they felt they could exploit Baylor's corners. Patterson said in his presser that a little birdy told him that Baylor's DB's may not be as good as everyone thought. While they made some plays tonight, underthrown balls were more of the reason that more deep balls weren't connected on.

15. As previously mentioned, Jordan Moore scored from 1 yard out. It was his first collegiate touchdown. If you ask me (which you didn't), TCU needs to get him more touches. He's a player!

14. The TCU offensive line was very strong tonight. Combine that with the fact that they didn't have a single holding call all night, and it was easily this unit's best performance of the season. Pachall said after the game that he was very proud of how they played.

13. A series of plays in the 2nd quarter shifted the momentum squarely to TCU's sideline. After a coverage sack by Jon Lewis, Mike Tuaua laid a bone crunching hit on Bryce Petty, forcing his pass to fall incomplete. Cameron Echols-Luper then ignited the crowd further with his 41 yard return to the Baylor 21 yard line. Boykin then comes in and throws a high-arching pass that Ladarius Brown pulls down for the go ahead TD to make it 17-13 TCU. At that point, everything was going TCU's way.

12. Looking at the game, it makes you wonder why you didn't see these two players more on offense. And don't tell me they aren't good practice players. Ja'Juan Story and Jordan Moore are the two I'm speaking of. Put your best playmakers on the field and give them opportunities to make plays.

11. TCU had two of the ugliest plays back to back, at the most inopportune time that you'll ever see. The Frogs were moving right along, establishing a run game and looking much improved on offense when the "what the heck was that call" play happened. It's not that TCU tried the trick play, it's when they tried it. A failed reverse pass from Brandon Carter cost TCU 21 yards after it seemed they were on their way to a big day. B J Catalon then fumbled the next play, giving Baylor the ball on the 1 yard line. Those two plays exemplified that frustration for the fans and players alike in 2013.

10. Casey Pachall seemed to be just a little late with his throws on multiple occasions tonight and it cost him big both times. 2 pick 6's, one for 82 yards and the other for 54 yards, put TCU in a 34-17 hole.

9. Ahmad Dixon had one of the dirtiest hits you'll see all year. The much maligned senior took a run at Boykin as he came across the middle to make a play on an overthrown pass from Casey Pachall. The senior DB was ejected for targeting and was see laughing on the sideline afterward. Patterson addressed it in his press conference and let's just say that he wasn't very happy with the way it was handled.

8. Casey Pachall showed that he can still get things done on the ground when he took a short side option in from 4 yards out to cut the deficit to 34-24 with 9:50 to play in the 3rd.

7. Jon Koontz picked a great night to play the best game of his career. Unfortunately it came in a gut wrenching loss. The Aledo, TX product finished with 6 tackles, 3 TFL and a sack.

6. Cam Echols-Luper returned another punt 18 yards to set TCU up at their own 49. After a Pass interference against Catalon, Pachall hooked up with Josh Doctson (4th of the season) to make it 34-31 with 4:40 left in the 3rd quarter.

5. Chris Hackett played tough all night but got beat on a double move by Levi Norwood which resulted in a 33 yard TD. Baylor went ahead 41-31 with 2:28 left in the 3rd quarter.

4. Sam Carter was picked on early but he responded with a nice INT in the 2nd half that put TCU in great field position.

3. One of the best designed plays of the year followed when Pachall pump faked what looked to be a quick hitter down the line of scrimmage to his slot receiver, only to have David Porter break for the endzone, completely fooling the Bear defenders. Porter pulled in the 22 yard score to make it a 41-38 game.

2. Baylor missed a chip shot, 32 yard FG to give the Frogs new life but it wasn't to be. The Frogs couldn't muster anything late including on the final drive of the game.

1. Speaking of the final drive of the game, Casey Pachall and his teammates weren't able to capture any last drive magic and the senior QB leaves TCU with a bad taste in his mouth. At least on the football field that is. The story of recovery is the best story of all here though. Casey Pachall has his life back and that's the most important thing.


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