Game of the Week Episode 2: TCU’s Rain-Soaked Victory Over Baylor in 2015

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Programming note: I decided to publish these on Mondays so we can have the whole week to talk about each game.

For week 2 of the Big 12 Bullets Game of the Week Series presented by Revtown we’re focusing on TCU’s revenge game against Baylor in 2015. A year after losing the epic 61-58 game that cost them a shot at the College Football Playoff, TCU got their revenge by knocking Baylor out of playoff contention.

But it was much, much harder than they could have ever anticipated.

I talked with former TCU cornerback Julius Lewis who teamed up with Ty Summers to make the critical tackle on the last play of the game. Lewis talked about the awful conditions and how he and his teammates were able to overcome them to win this game. He also talked about how much sweeter it was to knock a rival out of playoff contention.

And for this week’s Key Play Breakdown video, we revisit the same characters from last week’s video: Shawn Oakman and Ethan Perry. This time, Perry gets the upper hand.

Now, onto the game!

  • Date: November 26, 2015
  • Location: Amon Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
  • Records: Baylor 9-1, TC 9-2
  • Rankings: #7 Baylor, #17 TCU
  • Final Score: 28-21 TCU
  • Let me start by saying this was a terrible game
  • The temperature was in the 30s and the windchill was in the 20s
  • And the rain was relentless
  • It had rained all week prior and the game itself was delayed by 45 minutes
  • It was the worst possible set up for two dynamic offensive teams
  • TCU had lost by 20 to Oklahoma State and by 1 to Oklahoma
  • Their CFP hopes were already gone
  • Baylor had only one loss and was three spots away from a CFP spot
  • They had lost to Oklahoma but beat OSU the next week
  • But Baylor was also dealing with serious injury issues
  • They were down to their third string QB Chris Johnson
  • Even TCU’s superstar Trevone Boykin struggled
  • Johnson’s QBR was 21.9
  • Boykin’s was 27.8
  • Johnson only threw for 62 yards on 24 attempts
  • Tom Brady himself couldn’t have done much better in these circumstances though
  • A hallmark of the game was the inability for anyone to hold onto the ball
  • Here’s a supercut of fumbles
  • Oddly enough, after the rain delay the weather did clear up a bit and both offenses came out strong
  • Baylor was up 14-7 when the rain came back
  • By the end of the first quarter, the offenses were completely useless
  • The last points were scored with 12:55 left in the second quarter after TCU recovered a fumble and returned it for a TD
  • Then the punt fest began
  • TCU’s Ethan Perry punted 12 times
  • Baylors’ Drew Galitz punted 10 times
  • He had only 29 punts the entire season before this game
  • After the final offensive touchdown this is what the drive summary looked like
  • Turnover on Downs
  • Punt
  • Fumble
  • INT
  • INT
  • Punt
  • Fumble return for TD
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Fumble
  • Fumble
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Fumble
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Fumble
  • Punt
  • End of Regulation
  • AND THEN WE GET SOME POINTS
  • Both teams scored on their first possession of OT and then TCU scored on their second
  • Baylor faced a fourth and 1 with the game on the line
  • And that’s when our buddy Julius Lewis came flying in off the edge to aid in the game-winning tackle.
  • I loved this game so much
  • Was it the best game in TCU history? Far from it.
  • But did it prevent their arch-rival Baylor from getting into the CFP? Yep.
  • TCU would go on to beat Oregon in the Alamo Bowl and finish the season ranked #7
  • Baylor would lose to Texas the next week but beat North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl
  • It was Art Briles’ last game at Baylor
  • He now coaches Mount Vernon High School
  • Now all the Baylor fans who loved me last week hate me
  • Next week we’re moving away from this holy rivalry
  • Join me as we take a trip out to West Texas for the most iconic play in Big 12 history.

 


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