No. 15 TCU Downs No. 7 Baylor, 28-21
Nov. 28, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Trevone Boykin threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to KaVontae Turpin in the second overtime and No. 15 TCU beat No. 7 Baylor 28-21 on a rainy Friday night, knocking the Bears out of contention for their third straight Big 12 title.
Boykin, playing with a heavily taped right ankle after missing a game, threw for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a 1-yard score in the first overtime. Josh Carraway returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown for the Horned Frogs (10-2, 7-2 Big 12).
Devin Chafin ran for 119 yards and two scores, and caught a 4-yard TD in the first overtime, but was stopped short on a fourth-and-1 play to end the game.
With the loss by Baylor (9-2, 6-2, No. 7 CFP), the Big 12 champion will be the winner Saturday night when No. 5 Oklahoma plays at No. 9 Oklahoma State.
After Boykin's pass to freshman Turpin to start the second overtime, Baylor had fourth-and-1 from the 16 when quarterback Chris Johnson took the snap and plunged forward. It would have been close, but there was never a measurement because coach Art Briles was calling for a timeout from the sideline before the snap.
''Crazy, man. A 12-round fight really, to be honest,'' said Boykin, who was once the Heisman Trophy front-runner. ''We knew the whole game we just had to fight through the weather and the distractions and all the adversity and just play football.''
As rain-soaked Frogs fans stormed onto the field, referees stayed momentarily before finally declaring that Chafin was down short of a first down and the game was over.
''It's an awesome feeling,'' defensive end Josh Carraway said. ''This is one of the greatest feelings in the world. You just feel like you're on top of the world. But we're not done yet. We have a bowl game.''
Baylor struck first in overtime on Johnson's 4-yard jump pass to Chafin.
''At the end of the day, turnovers were the telling tale of the game,'' Baylor coach Art Briles said.
TCU got even on Boykin's 1-yard keeper, after a pass interference penalty gave the Frogs a first down and a play after Turpin appeared to score but was ruled out of bounds inside the 1.
After Chafin's TD runs of 1 and 5 yards on Baylor's first two drives of the game, and TCU scored in between, there wasn't another offensive score until overtime.
TCU punted on all nine of its second-half possessions. The Bears has six punts and two fumbles before that final drive that ended regulation.
Along with his fumble return in the second quarter that tied the game at 14, Carraway caused a fumble that ended Baylor's best scoring chance of the second half. Those were among four Baylor fumbles, and seven combined turnovers in the game.
The Bears were at the TCU 19 early in the fourth quarter when Carraway leaped into the air and then came to his feet and swiped at the quarterback's arm to knock the ball loose.
It had been raining since Thursday, and rained throughout the game with several heavy downpours. The start of the game was delayed 50 minutes because of lighting. The TCU band was on the field during the invocation and about to perform the National Anthem when the field was cleared because of that warning.
Boykin played for the first time since turn his right ankle awkwardly in the first half of TCU's last home game, Nov. 14 against Kansas. The senior quarterback missed last Saturday's 30-29 loss at Oklahoma as did four-year senior starting center Joey Hunt and star receiver Josh Doctson. Hunt and Docston also sat out against the Bears.
On TCU's first drive, Boykin threw a perfect strike to Jarrison Stewart for a 25-yard touchdown.
''The thing that makes it the worse is not being able to accomplish one of our goals,'' Baylor All-America senior left tackle Spencer Drango said. ''They played a heck of a game. It could have gone either way at the end.''
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