WACO, Texas (AP) — Jalen Reagor turned a short pass into a 65-yard score and later had a 37-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-1 reverse run as TCU beat Baylor 16-9 on Saturday, keeping the Bears from reaching bowl eligibility in their home finale.
TCU (5-6, 3-5 Big 12), which had another starting quarterback get hurt, can get to a bowl for the 16th time in coach Gary Patterson’s 18 seasons with a win at home next Saturday against Oklahoma State.
Fifth-year senior Grayson Muehlstein had completed only one pass in his seven career games for TCU before starter Michael Collins left the game with a right ankle injury late in the first quarter. Muehlstein was 11-of-15 for 137 yards and the TD to the speedy Reagor.
Charlie Brewer threw for 163 yards and had a 7-yard TD run when he leaped over one of his blockers for Baylor (5-6, 3-5). But Brewer also had one of the two Bears fumbles that led to TCU points.
Reagor got the go-ahead score with 2 minutes left in the third quarter when running back Emari Demercado took a direct snap, started right and then flipped to Reagor sweeping the other way. Reagor had a wide-open lane to the end zone.
Brewer’s fumble recovered by Corey Bethley on the first play of the second quarter set up the Reagor TD catch. Brewer had ended the first quarter with consecutive runs of 15 and 11 yards, the first converting fourth-and-11.
Reagor made a catch near the line of scrimmage, briefly reversed backward and then spun away from a defender. He sprinted down the left sideline for a 65-yard TD and a 9-6 lead upheld on a replay review after he almost got knocked out of bounds inside the 5.
Baylor running back John Lovett fumbled on the second play of the game, setting up Jonathan Song’s 29-yard field goal.
TCU: Muehlstein managed the game when forced into the action. Collins made his fourth start since Shawn Robinson’s shoulder injury that needed surgery. Collins wasn’t putting any pressure on his right foot after he got knocked down at the end of a play.
Baylor: While the Bears still have another chance to get bowl eligible, they really wanted to get that done in the home finale for 10 fifth-year seniors who remained through a sexual assault scandal that rocked the school more than two years ago, and led to only one win in coach Matt Rhule’s debut last season. They had been 3-0 at home in Big 12 games. Baylor recognized 20 seniors overall before the game.
TCU is home to close the regular season next Saturday night against Oklahoma State.
Baylor plays Texas Tech next Saturday at the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and the site of the Big 12 championship game.
Source: Fox Sports