TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin’s first completion of the game was a 25-yard touchdown strike to freshman Jarrison Stewart, and it was a notable completion in a season full of notable moments for the fifth-year senior.
It was Boykin’s 813th completion, moving him past Andy Dalton and into first place in school history.
It was Stewart’s first career touchdown catch and his 16th catch of the season after getting a bump up in the pecking order after Josh Doctson’s season-ending wrist/hand injury.
Boykin now owns all-time TCU career marks for touchdown passes (85), passing yards (10,709), total offense (12,747), touchdowns responsible for (112) and pass attempts (1,351).
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Carraway bounces back
TCU tied the score 14-14 on defensive end Josh Carraway’s 55-yard fumble recovery and return with 12:55 left in the second quarter.
Travin Howard forced the ball loose from Baylor quarterback Chris Johnson, and no one could pick the ball up cleanly until Carraway strafed into the play and ran for the touchdown.
In the first quarter, Carraway’s roughing-the-passer penalty nullified Julius Lewis’ end-zone interception. The penalty moved the ball to TCU’s 15-yard line, and nearly three minutes later, Baylor scored on Devin Chafin’s first of two rushing touchdowns, a 1-yard score for a 7-0 Baylor lead.
Carraway finished with four tackles against Baylor and a sack.
Defensive tackle Davion Pierson also recorded two sacks and a fumble recovery early in the fourth quarter deep in TCU territory on Carraway’s strip of Baylor quarterback Chris Johnson.
That that ended one of the few scoring opportunities for either team in the second half.
Meet Mr. Porter
Wide receiver Emmanuel Porter has been playing Doctson’s position since the announcement that the senior who led college football with over 132 receiving yards per game through the first nine games of the year was out for the regular season with an injury.
Before the conditions got too sloppy to have an effective passing offense, Porter caught three balls for 48 yards to equal his season-high output.
He also drew a crucial pass interference on Baylor cornerback Ryan Reid that set the Horned Frogs up on Baylor’s 40-yard line.
TCU would go on to tie the score 7-7 three plays later on Boykin’s 26-yard pass to Stewart.
Orr in the mix
Safety Nick Orr, who primarily played cornerback for most of the year before being moved back to his natural position against Kansas, grabbed TCU’s first interception of the game late in the first quarter. It was just TCU’s seventh interception this season.
The Frogs won the turnover battle against Baylor 5-2. With both offenses having trouble manufacturing yards in the driving rain, the extra possessions and the time of possession the turnovers took from Baylor undoubtedly played a role in the game’s outcome.
TCU had one fumble lost and one pass intercepted in the rough conditions.
The game’s first three possessions ended in three touchdowns, while the next 19 possessions netted both teams exactly 0 points.
TCU and Baylor combined for 22 punts in the game. TCU went 2 for 17 on third downs, while Baylor was 6 of 22. The Bears, who had only 62 yards passing, converted three fourth downs.
The last time Baylor went two quarters without scoring a point, as it did Friday in the second and third quarters, was on Oct. 29, 2011, against Oklahoma State.