Baylor offense struggles in 49-21 loss to TCU

Associated Press Modified: October 13, 2012 at 11:32 pm •  Published: October 13, 2012
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WACO, Texas (AP) — Nick Florence threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams on the second play of the game for Baylor. The two later hooked up for a 77-yard score.

That wasn't nearly enough on a turnover-plagued night for the Bears.

Florence threw four interceptions and the Bears lost two fumbles in a 49-21 loss to TCU on Saturday night, ending their nine-game home winning streak.

"I just made some bad throws. You can give an excuse here and there," Florence said. "People can take blame for it but I take blame for all of it. I got to be better than that. You can't make those mistakes."

After the quick score, in what was the only lead for the Bears (3-2, 0-2 Big 12), their next two possessions ended with interceptions. There was also a fumble deep in TCU territory before halftime.

Florence, the Baylor senior who succeeded Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and came into the game leading the nation in total offense (435 yards a game), was clearly outplayed by TCU redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin.

A week after his hurried starting debut, Boykin threw for 261 yards with four touchdowns and ran for another score in a turnover-free performance.

"Trevone got a chance to practice four days this week, not one," coach Gary Patterson said. "For us, that's what we do. We play action, some things worked. We didn't turn the ball over. The difference in the game was six turnovers to zero."

Boykin completed 22 of 30 passes, with all of his TD passes coming on third-down plays. He also ran 16 times for 56 yards, including a 25-yard scramble that converted a third-and-15 for TCU (5-1, 2-1 Big 12).

The first interception was a nifty pick by Jason Verrett that set up Boykin's tying 18-yard TD pass to Cam White. Verrett made a two-handed grab, snagging the ball only inches off the ground — so close that officials looked at replays to confirm the interception.

Chris Hackett had the other interception, and also recovered a fumble at the TCU 25, setting up a 15-play drive that ended with White's 15-yard touchdown catch for a 14-7 halftime lead.