Pachall, TCU lose upset bid late to Baylor 41-38

Casey Pachall went for the win in the final game of his

star-crossed TCU career when the senior quarterback could have

settled for a shot at overtime against No. 9 Baylor.

His third interception ended the upset bid.

Bryce Petty threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score,

Baylor returned two interceptions for touchdowns and secured the

win with a late pick in the end zone for a 41-38 victory against

TCU on Saturday.

”It came down to my three interceptions that cost us the

game,” said Pachall, a senior who missed most of last season after

entering a substance abuse program following a DWI arrest and was

knocked out of five games this year with a broken arm.

The Horned Frogs (4-8, 2-7) were in position for a tying field

goal at the Baylor 23 in the final seconds when Pachall decided to

go to the end zone.

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.

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 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.

”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 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.

Seastrunk had 92 yards against the Big 12’s best rushing defense

in the first half, but just 2 after halftime.

”We couldn’t ever maintain any continuity,” said Baylor coach

Art Briles, who was on the sideline three days after his older

brother, Eddie, died from an apparent head injury after a fall.

”Some of that’s got to do with TCU.”

Pachall erased some of a 34-17 deficit built on his mistakes

with a 4-yard touchdown run and a 16-yard scoring pass to Josh

Doctson.

The first scoring drive was kept alive when Baylor safety Ahmad

Dixon was penalized for targeting and ejected after hitting Trevone

Boykin with his helmet on a third-down incompletion.

Patterson said a coach from the Baylor sideline came across the

field to yell at him after Dixon was thrown out. He never specified

which coach.

”If that’s what class is, then I don’t want to be it,” said an

agitated Patterson, who had his first losing record since 2004 and

just his second in 13 seasons at TCU.

The two interceptions returned for scores came in a span of just

four passes from Pachall, who was 20 of 45 for 267 yards and two

scores.

Stewart jumped an out route and went 82 yards after a slipping

tackle from Carter, and Lackey stepped in front of a slant and ran

untouched 54 yards to put Baylor up 34-17.

Before the two interception returns, Petty had a 1-yard scoring

run after TCU’s B.J. Catalon ran into the back of one of his

linemen at the 10 and fumbled. Beau Blackshear recovered at the

1.

After Pachall’s first scoring pass made it 34-31, Baylor went

back up 10 when Petty completed a 26-yard pass to Clay Fuller on

third down, then found Levi Norwood on a 33-yard score. Petty had

206 yards passing.

TCU answered when Petty threw just his second interception of

the season to Sam Carter, setting up TCU on the Baylor 25. Pachall

fooled Stewart with a pump fake for an easy 22-yard score to David

Porter on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it

41-38.