Bryce Petty capped a 75-yard, 13-play drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Clay Fuller to give the Bears a 10-3 lead with 4:18 left in the quarter.
Cameron Echols-Luper returned a punt 41 yards to the Baylor 21 to set up Trevone Boykin’s 21-yard scoring pass to LaDarius Brown to give TCU a 17-13 lead with 6:09 left in the half.
Baylor’s Eddie Lackey picked off a short pass over the middle and returned it 54 yards for a score early in the second half to stretch the Bears’ lead to 34-17.
Sam Carter’s interception near the end of the third quarter set TCU up at the Baylor 25. Casey Pachall found David Porter all alone in the end zone for a 22-yard scoring pass to pull the Frogs to within 41-38 on the first play of the final quarter.
How they fared
Offense: Turnovers stunted a pretty good performance, which not only stopped drives, but led directly to 21 points for Baylor. B.J. Catalon had 73 yards after his first two carries of the game but, inexplicably, didn’t get the ball again for a while and finished with 93 yards on 11 carries. Pachall appeared a little more tentative than usual and finished with an uncharacteristically sub-50 percent completion percentage and three interceptions.
Defense: Baylor, which entered the game averaging a nation-leading 661.6 yards and 56.8 points a game, was held to a season-low 370 yards and 27 points (not counting two defensive scores). Carter intercepted Petty, who had only thrown one interception this season, to set up a TCU touchdown. Petty was held to 206 yards passing, his second-lowest total of the season (204 yards vs. Oklahoma).
Special teams: Cam Echols-Luper, Brandon Carter and Catalon all had big returns, including Luper’s 41-yard punt return and Carter’s 37-yard kickoff return. Catalon had three kickoff returns for a total of 67 yards. TCU’s coverage team did a good job, holding Baylor to only one moderately long 25-yard return on a kickoff.
Players of the game
WR David Porter, TCU: The junior led the Frogs with five receptions for 74 yards and had a 22-yard touchdown.
S Orion Stewart, Baylor: He put Baylor up 27-17 just before halftime with his 82-yard interception return for a touchdown and led the Bears with eight tackles.
WR Levi Norwood, Baylor: He led the Bears with seven receptions for 83 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown catch that gave Baylor a 41-31 lead late in the third quarter.
CB Jason Verrett, TCU: He held Baylor receiver Antwan Goodley to one catch for 12 yards and had two pass breakups.
“I have a lot of respect for Baylor, I have a lot of respect for the kind of team they have. But last year when I beat them, here’s what was said: nothing good about TCU. It was just ‘we don’t play like this.’ Nothing about TCU.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on disrespect he felt last year after the Frogs beat the Bears 49-21 in Waco.
“When you play on the road, if the home team gets momentum it gets tough to overcome. Our guys did a great job of fighting all the way through. That’s the thing I was most proud of.” — Baylor coach Art Briles.
“When you see one of your teammates go down like that, especially after what I would consider a pretty dirty play, it definitely lights a fire under you.” — TCU DE Jon Koontz on Ahmad Dixon’s illegal hit on Trevone Boykin.