Kyle Hicks ran for a career-high 192 yards with five touchdowns and TCU beat 13th-ranked Baylor 62-22 on a dark Saturday for the Bears.
Baylor’s worst loss home loss since 2005 came on a day when the Bears wore all-black uniforms, as selected by the seniors, and there were black T-shirts sold outside supporting former coach Art Briles.
The Bears (6-2, 3-2 Big 12, No. 17 CFP) have lost consecutive games since a 6-0 start. TCU (5-4, 3-3) entered the game after losing back-to-back games for the first time since 2013.
Hicks’ five TD were one short of LaDainian Tomlinson’s school record set in November 1999, when he ran for 406 yards against UTEP in what was then the single-game major college record.
Both teams scored touchdowns in the first minute of the game, evoking thoughts of a sequel to the 61-58 game two years ago when Baylor handed TCU its only loss that season.
After Seth Russell threw an 81-yard TD pass to Ishmael Zamora on the second play of the game, Kenny Hill hit Taj Williams for a 37-yard score on TCU’s second play.
That was the first of 31 consecutive points for the Horned Frogs, including two touchdowns in 7 seconds, on way to handing Baylor its most lopsided loss at home since 62-0 to Texas 11 years ago.
Ranthony Texada returned an interception 28 yards for a score to make it 31-7 early in the second quarter. That came right after Hicks spun away from two tacklers, and broke away from another while weaving through defenders for a 22-yard TD run.
TCU: QB Kenny Hill responded nicely from being replaced midgame a week earlier, throwing for 244 yards and running for 85 more. Coach Gary Patterson’s team got a much-needed boost in their quest to get bowl eligible, now needing only one more win their last three games.
Baylor: After all the issues off the field, things could now be crumbling on the field. The Bears were completely dominated in this game after the quick-strike start, and still have games left at No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 14 West Virginia.
The Bears will fall hard in the AP Top 25 following their second consecutive loss since peaking at No. 8, and could conceivably drop all the way out of the poll.
TCU has an open date before hosting No. 22 Oklahoma State on Nov. 19.
Baylor goes to 12th-ranked and Big 12-leading Oklahoma next Saturday.