No. 9 TCU raced to a 14-0 lead in a charged McLane Stadium, but No. 5 Baylor fought back to forge a 24-24 tie before the Horned Frogs immediately retook the lead on a 94-yard B.J. Catalon kickoff return for a touchdown, seemingly setting our halftime score at 31-24 until James Power snapped the ball over TCU punter Ethan Perry’s head inside his own territory, which was recovered by Baylor’s Shawn Oakman and set Chris Callahan up for a 29-yard field goal on the half’s final play, pushing the Bears to within 31-27 at the half.
Whew. Everybody got it?
The Horned Frogs started scorching hot, forcing a turnover on downs followed by a 35-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to Kolby Listenbee, then forcing a Shock Linwood fumble on the ensuing possession and turning that into a three-yard Catalon scoring dash.
Baylor fought back to forge a 24-24 tie, and even had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the second quarter after taking over at the TCU 40-yard line while trailing 21-17, but the Bears turned it over on downs.
Bryce Petty has hit a number of big plays, hitting 15-of-29 passes for an even 300 yards and three touchdowns. The Bears’ trio of big play wideouts have lived up to their billing as Corey Coleman has five grabs for 93 yards and a score, K.D. Cannon has three catches for 87 yards and a touchdown, and Antwan Goodley has collected three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
TCU has been completely feast-or-famine on offense, toggling between touchdown drives of 67 and 66 yards, a 45-yard field goal drive and Catalon’s 94 yard kick return with five three-and-outs, one of which directly led to Baylor’s end-of-half field goal. Boykin has thrown for 165 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 33 more, while Catalon has added nine rushes for 34 yards and two touchdowns.
TCU will receive to open the second half.
Former Missouri and Toledo head coach Gary Pinkel revealed in a TV interview on Sunday night that he is once again undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“I’m doing good. I had to get treatment again for the first time in four years. My cancer came out of remission, and so I had treatment last month. I’m doing fine,” Pinkel told KMIZ. “With my type of lymphoma, you’ll never be healed. But that’s kind of why I retired when I did – I just wanted to not go back and regret working 85 hours a week, 35 weeks out of the year when I could be doing other things with my family and my eight grandkids.”
Pinkel was originally diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May of 2015 and stepped down after that season. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that begins in the lymph nodes and then spreads throughout the body.
“You keep battling it. I’m going to battle it, Pinkel said. “I’ve got a very positive approach to it, and I’m around a lot of good people that are helping me. There’s a lot of people out there with a lot worse cancers than Gary Pinkel has, and so prayers to all of them.”
Since retiring, Pinkel has used his time as a fundraiser for Missouri and also running the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation, which supports children with cancer and also provides mentoring for at-need kids.
Pinkel, 63, was 191-110-3 as a head coach at two schools over 25 seasons.
Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is joining Florida’s staff as an analyst, according to Sports Illustrated‘s Andy Benoit.
Zampese spent the 2016-17 seasons as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator after serving 13 seasons as Marvin Lewis‘s quarterbacks coach. Cincinnati went 13-18-1 in Zampese’s two seasons running the offense, which is why he spent 2018 as the Cleveland Browns’ quarterbacks coach and the first part of 2019 as the offensive coordinator for the AAF’s Atlanta Legends.
He is the son of former Chargers, Rams, Cowboys and Patriots offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese.
It is not immediately known what the younger Zampese’s role will be with the Gators, but his experience indicates he’ll work with Dan Mullen and coordinators John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales to develop Florida’s offensive plan and help Brian Johnson tutor the quarterbacks, or perhaps use his coordinator experience to self-scout Florida’s offense and scout Florida’s future opponents.
All the reporting that came out since the bombshell reports saying Connecticut is looking to leave the American Athletic Conference to rejoin the non-football Big East have confirmed that, yes, this is really happening, likely in time for the 2020-21 athletic year. The reporting has also said that UConn’s soon-to-be-homeless football program will not drop down to FCS, but instead join a different conference or try to make it as an FBS independent.
On Saturday, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy tweeted that UConn has determined it will not return to FCS, where the program competed for most of its history before joining the then-power conference Big East in 2004.
On Sunday morning, NCAA.com’s Andy Katz followed with a note saying it looked like the Huskies will try to make a go of it as an independent, writing that UConn will attempt to schedule neighbors like UMass (a fellow independent), Boston College, Syracuse and Rutgers while honoring existing contracts for home-and-homes with Duke, Illinois, NC State and others.
For a check in with someone who might actually know something, let’s see what Huskies head coach Randy Edsall has to say.
Either way, it sounds like the train is moving and we could hear something official sooner rather than later.