TCU's season came to an end with the Horned Frogs' 41-38 loss to the Baylor Bears on Saturday afternoon at Amon Carter Stadium.
We arrived three hours prior top kickoff on a nice Saturday afternoon to find empty parking lots and very little tailgating action. With this being the final game of the Frogs season and temps in the 60s, it was rather disappointing to encounter very few fans on hand. Then again, the entire season has been very disappointing for Frogs fans, beginning with the season opening loss to LSU at AT&T Stadium and including the brutal 30-7 loss against Texas that featured a 3-hour lightning delay. Another obvious reason for the lack of excitement was due to Baylor falling from the ranks of the unbeaten with its 49-17 loss last week at Oklahoma State.
The game began with the Senior Day celebrations that featured the individual introductions of the Frogs who were playing in the final game. To no one's surprise, the biggest ovations from the crowd of 43,568 came for quarterback Casey Pachall and cornerback Jason Verrett. Pachall's journey at TCU was chronicled here by Stefan Stevenson.
As for the action on the field, it was basically a microcosm of the entire season for TCU, which included four losses of three points or less. TCU practically gifted Baylor 21 points with two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns and a fumble on their own 1-yard line. In field goal range to tie the game with 11 seconds remaining in regulation, TCU took a shot at the end zone and Pachall's pass was tipped and picked off by Baylor. Game over. The Bears had avenged its 49-21 loss to TCU from last season.
“I made quite a few mistakes that cost us the ballgame,” Pachall told the media after the game. “I gave them 14 points, just handed it over on a platter. They weren’t a better team than us. But my mistakes are what took us down at the end.”
There was also some drama between the head coaches as Gary Patterson took exception to Art Briles' handling of Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon’s targeting penalty and subsequent ejection.
Baylor will host Texas on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Waco. As for TCU, their 2014 season begins on Aug. 30 when they host former head coach Pat Sullivan and Samford.