Denzel Mims made a leaping 4-yard touchdown catch in the third overtime for Baylor, capping another comeback win for the No. 11 Bears and keeping them undefeated with a 29-23 win over TCU
Denzel Mims made a leaping 4-yard touchdown catch in the third overtime for Baylor, capping another comeback win for the No. 11 Bears and keeping them undefeated with a 29-23 win over TCU on Saturday.
Mims also made a lunging and reaching catch for a 20-yard touchdown on fourth down in the second overtime to extend the game. Charlie Brewer, who threw both TD throws, ran for a 3-yard score in the first overtime.
“I knew it was crunch time and it was time for like grown-man ,” said Mims, whose three catches in overtime matched his three in regulation.
The Bears (9-0, 6-0 Big 12, No. 12 CFP) finally had the win on Grayland Arnold’s game-ending interception of Max Duggan’s fourth-down pass in the end zone. That came six plays, and a facemask penalty that put the ball at the 1, after Duggan’s scramble and spinning move along the sideline on what was initially ruled a 20-yard touchdown before replay review showed he stepped out at the 3.
“There were a lot of times in that game where a lot of the world probably thought we were going to lose just from the situations we were in,” Arnold said. “Once we got that second chance, we were like we’ve got another opportunity to play .”
Baylor forced overtime when John Mayers kicked a 51-yard field goal with 36 seconds left in regulation. The ball just cleared the crossbar to tie the game at 9-9.
“This is probably the most disappointed I’ve ever been, but I’m also real proud of our kids because it hurts more when you do something like we have a ballgame like this,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said.
This is the seventh time in two seasons that Baylor has won after a fourth-quarter comeback. This was the fourth this season — all in Big 12 games. They Bears have won 11 games in a row since losing to TCU last November.
All the scoring in regulation came on six field goals. The teams combined for five touchdowns in overtime.
“Winning is never ugly,” Baylor coach Matt Rhule said. “I’ve lost a lot, and I’ll take this any day of the week.”
TCU (4-5, 2-4) led 9-0 after Jonathan Song had field goals at the end of the first half. He kicked a 37-yarder with 29 seconds in the first half left before TCU squib kicked and the ball bounced off Baylor freshman linebacker Trystan Slinker. Derius Davis recovered at the Baylor 24, setting up Song’s 31-yard kick on the last play.
Baylor: The offensive struggles continued for the Bears, the Big 12’s last undefeated team. They managed only 294 total yards — 90 of those coming in the in overtime only 10 days after winning a game with fewer than 20 points for the first time in 13 years.
TCU: Duggan played with tip of his injured middle finger on his throwing (right) hand heavily taped up for protection. He was 14 of 32 passing for 140 yards with two interceptions — one of a floater and the other through the hands of a receiver. He also ran 14 times for 46 yards.
Baylor is home next Saturday for a huge Big 12 game against No. 9 Oklahoma, the four-time defending conference champion.
TCU is back on the road to play Saturday at Texas Tech.
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