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Baylor Outlasts TCU In Triple Overtime Slugfest To Move to 9-0

Looking back on Baylor’s narrow win over rival TCU.

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Denzel Mims of the Baylor Bears tries to hang on to the ball - Getty Images - Tom Pennington
Getty Images - Tom Pennington

Welp. That was definitely a game. Baylor and TCU ended regulation tied at 9 apiece. They split this scoring into halves. TCU scored three field goals in first half and Baylor scored three field goals in the second half.

If you love defense this was the game for you. Each team had three sacks with Baylor having nine tackles for loss while TCU had 8. Baylor won the turnover battle picking off Max Duggan three times to TCU’s 1 interception of Charlie Brewer. Grayland Arnold had the game-sealing interception in the end zone to ice the game for the Bears.

During overtime, Charlie Brewer accounts for all three touchdowns. Brewer ran the first on in on a designed run while he threw the other two touchdowns to Denzel Mims. In the third overtime, TCU had the ball at the one-yard line and Baylor was able to move them back with outstanding defensive play and forcing TCU into a penalty to move the ball back to the 13-yard line.

With 4th and goal, Max Duggan threw the ball to back corner of the end zone and he was picked off by Grayland Arnold for the second time in the game to seal the victory for the Bears. Baylor moved to 9-0 on the season with a huge matchup against Oklahoma this week in Waco.

Key Plays Of The Game

0:36 4th [ 4 & 19 TCU 34] John Mayers hits a 51-yard field goal to tie the game and send it to overtime. Cardiac Bears do it again.

3rd OT [1st & goal TCU 4] Charlie Brewer hits Denzel Mims who has an amazing catch to extend the lead to 29-23. Mims absolutely ‘Mossed’ defensive back to get the grab for a touchdown.

3rd OT [ 4th & goal Baylor 13] Grayland Arnold intercepts the Max Duggan pass to seal the win for the Bears. Bears survive to stay undefeated and move to 9-0 on the season.

Key Stats Of The Game

11 for 125 yards – TCU was penalized 11 times for a total of 125 yards. This absolutely killed many drives for the Horned Frogs and gave Baylor a new life.

+1 turnover margin – Baylor forced three turnovers and two came at critical times. Terrel Bernard picked off a Max Duggan pass late in the game that eventually set up a John Mayers field goal to shrink the TCU lead to three points. Whereas Baylor had one interception and one fumble on the day.

Baylor Players Of The Game

  • LB Terrel Bernard – 19 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception.
  • LB Blake Lynch – 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks.
  • LB Jordan Williams – 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss

Remaining Thoughts

Galvin needs to return to starting lineup – Tackle Connor Galvin returned from a knee injury early in the week however he did not play. He was available if needed but did not see the field against TCU. Matt Rhule said that he was full go this week and he should return to starting lineup.

Brewer is a tough football player – Charlie Brewer may be the toughest quarterback in all of college football. He takes a beating and keeps on getting up and coming back for more. In the first overtime, Baylor scored on a tough run by Brewer where he lowered his shoulders and got into the end zone.

Baylor has to find a way to get offense involved early in the game – I get that Baylor may be a second-half team and that has worked so far but at some point, luck is going to run out. Baylor has to find a way to get the offense to be productive early in the game to make a run at Big 12 championship and maybe even college football playoff.

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