WACO — Baylor couldn’t score like it is used to Saturday.
The Bears never had the ball.
TCU dominated time of possession Saturday and defeated Baylor 49-21 at Floyd Casey Stadium.
“If you control the ball, the other team doesn’t have it, then they don’t have a chance to score,” said TCU coach Gary Patterson. “It is a big thing to do that and to get points when you drive.”
The Horned Frogs (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) controlled the pace of the game by running the ball behind quarterback Tevone Boykin and backs B.J. Catalon and Aundre Dean and continually converted on third down in the game (14-of-19).
TCU racked up 248 yards on the ground and dominated time of possession 41:52 to 18:08. Baylor had scored 45 or more points in eight straight games and had its nine-game home winning streak snapped.
“We did not turn the ball over and Trevon and a whole bunch of people did a good job on offense,” Patterson said. “We had a lot of takeaways and that is what you have to do in a conference that throws the ball all over the place.
Not helping matters was the Bears’ inability to hold onto the ball. Baylor’s six turnovers was one more than the Bears’ total from the first four games of the year.
“Not a great night. It was very humbling, very embarrassing, very uncharacteristic of our football team over the last four years to turn the ball over that many times and not get any takeaways,” said Baylor coach Art Briles. “What it equates to is a bad night, which it was.”
But, when Baylor (3-2, 0-2) did score, it did it fast. Baylor’s three scoring drives took a total of 2:17 off the clock. TCU’s longest scoring drive took 7:44. Boykin worked the ball around to eight different receivers, but his favorite target was former Copperas Cove standout Josh Boyce, who caught eight passes for 85 yards and even added a 2-yard rushing touchdown for the Horned Frogs.
Baylor took no time going to the air and scoring in the first quarter. Nick Florence, who finished 12-of-19 passing for 289 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions, found Terrance Williams wide open in the seam for a 74-yard touchdown pass on the Bears second play of the game.
“It was something we’ve been practicing all week,” said Williams, who finished with three receptions for 163 yards. “Knowing the safety would be guarding up on me, they threw the ball to a spot where I could run under it.”
TCU tied the game in the first quarter on an 18-yard pass from Boykin, who finished 22-of-30 passing for 261 yards and four touchdowns, to Cam White. White caught the ball inside the 10, juked a defender and sprinted into the end zone for the 14-7 lead over the Bears.
“We did not feel like we had any rhythm offensively in the first half,” Briles said. “We never got in any type of flow and turnovers have something to do with that because it takes away your tempo and it sometimes takes away your aggression.”
TCU went up 21-7 in the third quarter when Boyce took and end around into the end zone from 2 yards out. The Bears only took 15 seconds to respond when Florence again found Williams racing down the sideline on the next play and the duo hooked up for a 77-yard touchdown pass.
“The pass to Williams in the second half was my fault,” Patterson said. “I went to a blitz, instead of keeping with the game plan and staying over the top of him.”
Again, though, TCU drove down the field methodically, going 10 plays and 75 yards in 4:44 to go back up 35-21 on a 2-yard run by Laderice Sanders.
The Horned Frogs defense all but finished off the Bears when Kevin White intercepted Florence at the Baylor 38 and returned it 24 yards. Boyce then finished things from there catching a 15-yard pass from Boykin for the score and 21-point lead. Boykin then took it in himself from 3-yards out to give the Horned Frogs the 49-21 victory.
Temple product Lache Seastrunk had five carries for 30 yards and Tevin Reese had four catches for 75 yards.
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