No. 12 Baylor (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) nearly saw their undefeated record go down in a battle of field goals, but the BEars topped TCU (4-5, 2-4 big 12) in a 29-23 triple-overtime game Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth. Grayland Arnold intercepted a fourth down pass in the third overtime to put the finishing touches on Baylor’s big win that puts them in a terrific spot to play for a Big 12 title.
Baylor kicker John Mayers converted a 51-yard field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter to help send the game to overtime, which is when the two teams decided that kicking field goals wasn’t fun any more and opted for touchdowns instead. Baylor scored first with JaMycal Hasty running for a short touchdown to open the overtime. TCU answered with Max Duggan completing a 24-yard pass to Te’Vailance Hunt on a 4th & 9 play. The TCU touchdown was not initially called but a video replay overturned the call on the field to credit the Horned Frogs for the score, so they played on.
After the teams exchanged touchdowns in the second overtime, Baylor took a 29-23 lead on a Charlie Brewer pass to Denzel Mims on the second play of the third overtime. TCU looked to be in great position to force a fourth overtime when they moved the ball to the Baylor one-yard line, but a run for a loss of three yards was followed by an incomplete pass. A holding penalty on TCU pushed the football back 10 more yards and later led to a fourth-down try to keep the game alive before falling into the hands of Baylor’s Arnold.
Not every win needs to be pretty, and this one certainly wasn’t. But what this game demonstrated for Matt Rhule is his team is not about to quit on any game. The offense had a rough outing against TCU, but they made the plays they needed the most once they got into overtime. Baylor trailed TCU 9-0 at halftime as this game was dictated by the defenses. Baylor turned the football over twice, but forced three TCU turnovers. Baylor also only managed to get 294 yards of offense against the horned Frogs. Is that good enough? Ordinarily, no, but it was enough to get the job done and go home with an important win for Rhule and the Bears.
Baylor not only remains undefeated but sits atop the Big 12 standings with just three games left to play. Baylor’s next game is a big one. The Bears will host Oklahoma in a battle for first place in the Big 12. It could also be a potential preview of the big 12 championship game, a scenario that became more likely with the win against TCU. Baylor has a one-game lead on Oklahoma in the conference standings, and Baylor will be guaranteed to come out of next week’s matchup with the Sooners no worse than second place in the Big 12. Baylor also owns a head-to-head tiebreaker with Kansas State, who sits in third place in the Big 12 at the start of the day (Kansas State plays at Texas today).
TCU will travel to Lubbock next week to play Texas Tech. The Red Raiders won at West Virginia on Saturday, 38-17.
After leaving last weekend’s game early following a hit to the head, Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer has been given the green flag to resume playing this weekend. Baylor head coach Matt Rhule confirmed such news during Monday’s Big 12 coaches conference call with the media.
“It was precautionary, especially at the time in the game,” Rhule said of the decision to keep Brewer out of Saturday’s game against Kansas State. “He seemed to be fine. He didn’t play the rest of the game, but he’s cleared to go.”
Brewer has passed for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns without an interception for the 5-0 Baylor Bears. The junior threw for over 3,000 yards last season with 19 touchdowns to nine interceptions.
Rhule wasn’t without some unfortunate injury news for the Bears on Monday though. Rhule announced offensive lineman Connor Galvin will be out for the next four to six weeks. The starting left tackle would miss games against Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and West Virginia if out for four weeks.
Missing the next six weeks would tack on games against TCU and Oklahoma that would see Galvin out of action, with a potential return for a Nov. 23 against Texas the in play under the worst-case scenario timeline. Those will be some big games Baylor will hope Galvin doesn’t have to miss later on this season.
Baylor head coach Matt Rhule had a rough weekend. The head coach of the Bears had his truck stolen from the parking lot of a hotel. But rest assured, Rhule made it known that would not prevent him from getting to where he needed to be.
Rhule took to Twitter with a message to the party responsible for his stolen truck, confirming he would still find a way to attend an event organized by the Texas High School Coaches Association at Rice University.
As promised by Rhule, he made it to the event in Houston.
But it wasn’t just a truck that was stolen from Rhule either. Inside the truck was a set of golf clubs that didn’t belong to him, as noted by Baylor assistant coach Joey McGuire.
There is no indication at this time if the truck has or will be recovered. The same goes for the golf clubs. In the meantime, Rhule will have to keep on going about his business as he prepares for a new college football season with Baylor.
Spring football is underway for Baylor as another year under head coach Matt Rhule looks to see some more steps forward on the football field. This spring, however, the Bears are missing a few bodies due to injury-related issues. Among them is safety JT Woods, who is recovering from a broken collarbone.
The injury took place in spring practices and will not pose a risk to his status for the upcoming football season. Woods underwent surgery to address the injury earlier this week. Although the injury is nothing that will prevent Woods from seeing the field in the fall, he will be out of action for a bit in the immediate future.
“JT picked a pass off the other day, and the receiver tried to knock it away and landed on (Woods) shoulder and broke his collarbone,” Rhule told reporters on Thursday, according to Waco Tribune-Herald. “He had surgery this morning. Not a real major injury, it’s something he’ll come back from. I talked to the doctors and hopefully he’ll be able to come back and run pretty soon.”
Woods is a member of the Baylor track and field team, so the injury will be more costly to track team for now with the Texas Relays coming up shortly for the Bears.
As a freshman in 2018, Woods appeared in all 13 games and recorded 18 tackles with one sack and two pass breakups.
A lack of evidence in a sexual assault case involving a pair of Baylor football players means each will avoid being indicted by a grand jury in Texas. As a result, redshirt freshmen John Arthur and Tre’von Lewis will not go to trial and may soon be reinstated by the Baylor football program barring any unforeseen changes in the story.
Baylor conducted a Title IX investigation into an incident stemming from November 2017, in which two female Baylor students reported a sexual assault to campus police. Four suspects were named in the police report, although the identities of the names have been blacked out. The two victims were members of Baylor’s equestrian team. Upon review of the Title IX investigation’s findings, a grand jury determined there was insufficient evidence for the case to go to trial, according to a report by Paula Lavigne of ESPN.
Arthur and Lewis were among four players suspended by Baylor head coach Matt Rhule in March. Sophomore Eric Ogor was among the four players suspended (and later dismissed), but that was said to not be related to the Title IX investigation and instead was due to multiple violations of team rules. Redshirt freshman Justin Harris was the fourth player suspended by the team. Baylor has not changed the status of Arthur, Lewis, and Harris within the program at this time. Arthur and Lewis were the only two players previously reported to be associated with the Title IX investigation. Rhule mentioned in March that three of his football players were suspended by the team due to an ongoing university investigation process.
We will have to wait and see when Baylor will update the status of any of these players, but for now, it does appear they are legally in the clear for this incident.