Petty, INTs help No. 9 Baylor hold off TCU 41-38

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm •  Published: November 30, 2013
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty and Baylor's vaunted offense needed some help from the defense to build a lead against TCU.

When that cushion was in jeopardy in the final seconds, the secondary came through one more time for the No. 9 Bears.

Petty threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, Baylor returned two interceptions for touchdowns and turned away an upset bid with a late pick in the end zone for a 41-38 victory against TCU on Saturday.

"For the defense to have played like they did, I mean, I can't say enough about the defense," Petty said. "The defense is the MVP of this team, the way they turned it around, the way they kept us in games."

The Bears (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) scored 21 consecutive points on either side of halftime with just 1 yard from their high-powered offense and bounced back from a blowout loss at Oklahoma State to maintain their hopes for a share of the conference title.

Baylor could win the league outright and qualify for a BCS bid, likely the Fiesta Bowl, if it beats Texas and the Cowboys lose to Oklahoma next Saturday.

The Horned Frogs (4-8, 2-7) were in position to tie at the Baylor 23 in the final seconds when Casey Pachall decided to go to the end zone and threw his third interception.

Sam Holl dove in front of Brandon Carter just as the ball reached the TCU receiver inside the 5, causing it to pop into the air off Carter's hands and into the arms of Terrell Burt as he crossed the goal line.

Baylor's Orion Stewart and Eddie Lackey had interception returns for scores off Pachall on either side of halftime.

"It came down to my three interceptions that cost us the game," said Pachall, a senior playing his final game after missing most of last season to enter a substance abuse program following a DWI arrest and getting knocked out of five games this year with a broken arm.

TCU's second season in the Big 12 ended with the school's fewest wins since going 1-10 in 1997.

"The bottom line is, we should have beat them," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "That was our bowl game."

The Baylor offense had running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin for the first time after both missed two games with injuries, and the Bears started fast.

Baylor ran 40 plays in the first quarter and had 201 yards before sputtering the rest of the way and finishing with a season-low 370 yards — 292 yards off their nation-leading average of 662. The Frogs outgained the Bears by 40.