By Jeff Davis
Sports writer for The Lariat
Baylor closed out 103 years worth of meetings with Texas Christian University by defeating the Horned Frogs 27-24 before 38,126 at Floyd Casey Stadium in what will be the last Southwest Conference contest between the two schools.
Baylor jumped out to a quick start by going 58 yards in seven plays in its initial drive of the game.
Jerod Douglas capped off the drive with a 28 yard touchdown scamper around the left side of the line to the end zone.
The final score was closer than the game actually was. The Bears controlled the game throughout and never trailed on the scoreboard.
'We were very pleased to come out with a win,' head coach Chuck Reedy said at the Monday media luncheon. 'I thought we bounced back well after what happened last week.'
TCU quarterback Max Knake played well against a Baylor secondary that is statistically ranked first in the country. Knake threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns, but also had three interceptions.
The three interceptions were the most thrown by Knake since throwing three against Texas last season. Coming into the game, Knake had thrown just three interceptions this season.
Two of those interceptions fell into the hands of Baylor safety Adrian Robinson. Robinson's first pickoff came in the first quarter when Knake tried to hit his receiver 10 yards down the left side of the field.
Robinson got a great break on the ball and picked it off. Robinson's second interception was even more spectacular. In the third quarter, TCU was driving deep into Baylor territory when Knake tired to hit reciever Jason Tucker on the right side of the end zone. Robinson caught up with Tucker and outleaped him for the ball preventing a potential touchdown.
'Adrian made some outstanding plays,' Baylor defensive coordiantor Andy McCollum said. 'He probably played his best game since I've been here.'
Baylor's top skill position players put up some impressive numbers. Douglas carried 21 time for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Pearce Pegross caught eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Also in the contest, Baylor set a SWC record for consecutive point after touchdown kicks with 137 breaking the record of 136 straight by the University of Houston from 1989-91. Strangely enough,Van Dyke missed his next PAT try to end the streak.
The Bears will face the Miami Hurricanes at 11 a.m., Saturday, at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
'They don't have the same level of confidence and arrogance that they've had, but they are still a very talented football team,' Reedy said.
He added, 'We're looking forward to this. We can gain some national respect with a win on Saturday.'
The telecast has been picked up by ESPN2.
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