FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Trevone Boykin had quite a closing act in his final home game for No. 15 TCU.
His right foot heavily taped after missing a game, Boykin threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to KaVontae Turpin in the second overtime after scoring on a 1-yard run in the first extra period, helping the Horned Frogs beat No. 7 Baylor 28-21 on a rainy, chilly Friday night.
“Crazy, man. A 12-round fight really, to be honest,” said Boykin, who was once the Heisman Trophy front-runner. “We knew the whole game we just had to fight through the weather and the distractions and all the adversity and just play football.”
TCU (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) got to 10 wins for the 10th time in the past 14 seasons under coach Gary Patterson, and a measure of revenge for a 61-58 loss in Waco last season while knocking the Bears (9-2, 6-2, No. 7 CFP) out of contention for a third consecutive Big 12 title.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” defensive end Josh Carraway said. “This is one of the greatest feelings in the world. You just feel like you’re on top of the world. But we’re not done yet. We have a bowl game.”
After punting on all nine of its possessions in the second half, TCU forced a second OT with Boykin’s keeper. After scoring again, the Frogs stopped Devin Chafin short on a fourth-and-1 play to end the game.
With the loss by Baylor, the Big 12 champion will be the winner of No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 9 Oklahoma State on Saturday night. The Sooners, No. 3 in the latest CFP rankings, and Cowboys are both 10-1 overall and 7-1 in the Big 12.
The Horned Frogs won their 13th consecutive home game, all since losing to Baylor two years ago.
In October 2014, Baylor overcame a 21-point deficit in the final 11 minutes and won with a field goal on the final play. That was the only loss last season by the Horned Frogs, who shared the Big 12 title with Baylor before the league’s two private schools were the first teams left out of the inaugural four-team College Football Playoff.
Carraway returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown to tie it at 14 in the second quarter, and forced a fumble that thwarted Baylor’s best scoring chance after halftime.
“At the end of the day, turnovers were the telling tale of the game,” Baylor coach Art Briles said.
The Bears had four fumbles and five of the game’s seven turnovers.
Boykin played for the first time since turning his right ankle awkwardly in the first half of TCU’s last home game, Nov. 14 against Kansas. He missed last Saturday’s 30-29 loss at Oklahoma, but threw for 148 yards and two touchdowns on Friday, including a perfect strike for a 25-yard TD to Jarrison Stewart on TCU’s first drive.
Chafin ran for 119 yards and two scores, and caught a 4-yard TD pass in the first overtime, but on fourth-and-1 from the 16 ran into TCU defenders Julius Lewis and Ty Summers, the last of Summers’ school-record 23 tackles.
As rain-soaked Frogs fans stormed onto the field, referees stayed momentarily while the spot was reviewed before finally declaring Chafin was short of a first down and the game was over.
“The thing that makes it the worst is not being able to accomplish one of our goals,” Baylor All-America senior left tackle Spencer Drango said. “They played a heck of a game. It could have gone either way at the end.”
After Boykin’s pass to freshman Turpin to start the second overtime, Baylor had fourth-and-1 from the 16 when quarterback Chris Johnson took the snap and plunged forward. It would have been close, but there was never a measurement because Briles called for a timeout before the snap.
Baylor was at the TCU 19 early in the fourth quarter when Carraway leaped into the air and then swiped at the quarterback’s arm to knock the ball loose.
It rained throughout the game with several heavy downpours. The start was delayed 50 minutes because of lighting. The TCU band was on the field during the invocation and about to perform the National Anthem when the field was cleared.
“It’s frustrating. It’s the end of the year, and you’ve got two good football teams that you want everyone to see the best of everything,” Patterson said. “Today was a survival game.”