For TCU senior quarterback Casey Pachall, his career began and ended the exact same way.
In a last-minute effort to tie or win a game over Baylor, the Bears come up with an interception to seal the victory.
In Pachall’s first start for the Horned Frogs in 2011, it was a third-and-10 toss picked off by Baylor’s Mike Hicks at the Baylor 18.
On Saturday, with 11 seconds on the clock and TCU trailing by three, a pass to Brandon Carter was deflected by a Baylor defender and reeled in by Baylor’s Terrell Burt in the end zone for a touchback.
Pachall threw three interceptions in the game, two of which were returned by Baylor for touchdowns in the second and third quarters.
“I made quite a few mistakes that cost us the ballgame,” Pachall said. “I gave them 14 points, just handed it over on a platter.”
Players and coaches alike said after the game that if those few mistakes could be removed, TCU was the better team on the field Saturday.
“We kicked their asses on the field, there’s no doubt about it,” Pachall said. “But my mistakes are what took us down at the end.”
The Frogs claimed the edge in total offense yardage, outgaining the country’s top offense — which entered the game averaging 661.6 yards per game — 410-370.
“I think they had two offensive touchdowns minus the one they start on the 1-yard line,” TCU senior defensive end Jon Koontz said. “I don’t think we could have done a whole lot better as a defense.”
Koontz said it was impossible not to get fired up to play in his final game as a Horned Frog. He recorded seven tackles and his fourth sack of the season.
But playing Baylor is another factor that certainly gets the Frogs’ blood pumping, Koontz said.
“The fact that both schools are so close and there’s a lot of recruits deciding between here and Baylor — you can call it a rivalry game,” Koontz said. “I don’t like them. I know they don’t like us.”
Boykin should’ve sat
TCU coach Gary Patterson said that after Trevone Boykin suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit that resulted in the ejection of Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon for targeting, Boykin should not have returned to the field.
The sophomore returned to the game for two plays — an incomplete pass intended for him and an offside call on Boykin himself.
“It wasn’t funny. Trevone Boykin, we shouldn’t even have played him that one play,” Patterson said in response to Dixon laughing after the play, caught on the TV broadcast of the game.
Pachall took sole possession of third place in TCU history for passing touchdowns with 42, surpassing the 40 touchdowns Sam Baugh threw from 1934-36.
Pachall’s third-quarter, 16-yard touchdown pass to Josh Doctson gave him the No. 3 spot in his final game as a Horned Frog.
Sophomore kicker Jaden Oberkrom tied the school record for consecutive PATs after hitting five in Saturday’s game. He is knotted with Michael Reeder, who kicked for the Frogs from 1994-97.