WACO, Texas — The fourth-ranked TCU was a swarm of players moving around the field while the final minutes were ticking away. The kicker Griffin Kell was the last player to make it onto the field.
“That seemed like chaos However, we train every Thursday exactly in the same way,” Frogs coach Sonny Dykes stated.
The Horned Frogs did it flawlessly to win the game in a non-practice scenario.
TCU vs Baylor: TCU defeated Baylor 29-28
Kell scored a 40-yard field kick in the final game as TCU defeated Baylor 29-28 last Saturday. The team scored 9 points over the last 2:07 to prevent another defeat to the playoffs at the mouth of the Brazos River.
Email Demercado scored with a three-yard TD drive to finish the 90-yard drive at 2:07 remaining to bring the Frogs (11-0, 8-0 Big-12) within 28-26. However, Demercado was unable to put off a touchdown in the attempt to convert a 2-point score.
After having kicked deep, TCU used all three of its timeouts and forced an out-of-bounds, and was back on its 31 with just 1:34 remaining. Max Duggan had two completions before converting a third down with 12 yards of running on an errant quarterback draw.
Demercado was unable to get the clock-stopping first down in an attack through the Baylor 23. He was in the middle of the field with 16 seconds left before the special teams and offensive units raced by one another. It was snapped around 3 seconds and the kick of Kell, who earlier had an extra-point attempt slam off the upright, was able to go through before the clock ran out.
“The best part was that during that drive we were throwing out all of our day-one concepts,” Duggan said. “We were throwing simple stuff that we can practice and can perform with our eyes closed and things that you are a believer in. … Therefore, just go out there and being sure, believing that it will occur and Griff is a big Kick in our direction.”
TCU was already selected to play at The Big 12 Championship Game and hasn’t won this many games since the year 2010, when it was 13-0, with the Rose Bowl victory and No. 2 in the nation’s rankings.
The first time the Frogs were playing at McLane Stadium in the 2014 season, for the very first time it opened the stadium, they fell to the Cardinals 61-58. This was the only defeat they suffered of the season, and they would go on to win their Big 12 title with Baylor. They were among the two teams not to participate in the initial four-team College Football Playoff.
Baylor (6-5 and 4-4) was just coming off a 31-3 home game loss against Kansas State a week earlier; however, the last year’s Big 12 champions took a 28-20 advantage after two true freshmen scored touchdowns into the final quarter. The tight end Kelsey Johnson’s 12-yard catch and Richard Reese’s 1-yard run.
“It’s a difficult place to be in,” Baylor coach Dave Aranda stated. “I informed me that I wished that we, or I could ease the pain.”
Duggan completed a pass on 24 of 35 attempts with 327 yards, a score, and also scored a touchdown as he led the Frogs by rushing 50 yards through eight runs. Kendre Miller scored a rush TD on his 12th straight game, with a two-yarder in the second half that brought it to 14 before he suffered a hamstring injury during the second quarter.
TCU did not lead until Duggan struck wide Gunnar Henderson for the 26-yard score in the 5 1/2 minutes remaining at the end of the quarter. Just one play after the two players had hit with 20 yards. It was 20-14 following Kell’s failed PAT.
Baylor’s Blake Shapen was 21-of-30 on the ball for 269 yards and scored, and Craig “Sqwirl” Williams ran for 112 yards. Moray Baldwin was a catcher on six occasions for 123 yards, which included a 74-yard gain from third-and-11, which set up Reese’s TD with 9:47 remaining.
“For it to come to an end that way would be really painful,” Williams said.
TCU A second comeback for the Frogs, which in the month of March, fought back two-digit deficits during the second half of the game with Oklahoma State and Kansas State. They didn’t falter after a number of players had flu-like symptoms in the course of the week. They completed the game without top receivers, Quentin Johnston and Miller.