FORT WORTH – TCU football asserted its second-half dominance for another consecutive week during a 45-22 win over Baylor on Friday.
The Horned Frogs, led by a record-performance from senior defensive end Mat Boesen, only allowed 3 second-half points en route to the team’s third 10-win season since 2014.
TCU has allowed a total of 6 second-half points dating back to the team’s Oct. 14 victory at Kansas State, including five second-half shutouts in that span. The Horned Frogs have not allowed a second-half touchdown since defeating West Virginia 31-24 at home on Oct. 7.
“When you’re able to put that much pressure on an opposing quarterback at home, there’s not much you’re able to do,” TCU linebacker Ty Summers said.
Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer passed for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns in the TCU win but was sacked six times. Boesen was responsible for 5.5 of those sacks, setting a new single-game record for the Horned Frogs.
“It was fun to watch,” Summers said of Boesen. “We were all loving him. He was bringing the energy and that was huge. If he gets your hands on you, it’s a good chance you’re going down.”
The previous single-game sack record for TCU was set by Vincent Pryor in 1994, who recorded 4.5 against Texas Tech.
Boesen had recorded six sacks on the season prior to Friday. Head coach Gary Patterson said Boesen’s instinct can be traced back to his younger days in Southern California.
“He’s a wrestler,” Patterson said. “When I went to his home visit, in his room he had the whole tournament matchings in entire state tournament – the bracket – on his wall. You’ve got a guy for his size that plays with great leverage and he has a high motive.”
Patterson noted that Boesen chose TCU over Baylor during his recruitment.
Players on offense were once again blown away by the defense’s composure after allowing 9 points to Baylor in the opening 94 seconds of play.
“I knew in spring ball and fall camp, everyone was talking about how our d-line wasn’t going to be that good because we had people leave but I knew they were going to be solid,” TCU quarterback Kenny Hill said. “They come off that edge quick…they come with it. I’m happy for them.”
Baylor finished the day with 393 yards of offense opposed to TCU’s 437.
The Horned Frogs will return to action in their first-ever Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.