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Baylor offense struggles in 49-21 loss to TCU

Associated Press Modified: October 13, 2012 at 11:32 pm •  Published: October 13, 2012

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.

"All I want quarterbacks to do is manage the game. Get the ball in the hands of the guys they're supposed to," Patterson said. "He ran the ball. He did the right reads on our zone stuff. He moved the football, and I think that's a big deal."

Baylor's home winning streak had included a wild season-opening 50-48 victory over the Frogs last year, months before TCU joined the Bears in the Big 12. This was the first league game between the teams only about 100 miles apart since 1995, the last year of the Southwest Conference.

"It's very humbling, very embarrassing," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "It's very uncharacteristic of our team over the last four years, actually, to turn the ball over that many times and not get any takeaways."

Boykin was working at tailback for the Horned Frogs until two-year starting quarterback Casey Pachall's arrest on suspicion of drunken driving two days before the Iowa State game. Boykin threw for 270 yards against the Cyclones, but had three interceptions in a 37-23 loss.

Pachall has since withdrawn from school and entered an inpatient treatment program.

Florence was 12 of 19 passing for 289 yards. He was sacked three times, and finished with minus-5 yards rushing on eight carries. It was the first game for Baylor since its 70-63 loss at West Virginia two weeks ago when Florence threw for 581 yards and five TDs.

TCU was good on 14 of 19 third-down conversions, and even was good on a fourth-and-4.

The Horned Frogs had the ball for nearly 42 minutes, and had scoring drives of 15 and 16 plays.

Right after Joyce Boyce's 2-yard touchdown run for TCU late in the third quarter, Baylor got within 28-21 on the next play when Florence hit Williams in stride for a 77-yard score late in the third quarter. But the Frogs scored three TDs in the fourth quarter, including Boyce's 15-yard catch.

"We played with a bunch of redshirt freshmen and true freshmen and sophomores that found a way to win and I was proud of them," Patterson said. " I told them they showed maturity."


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