Aaron Jones kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:04 left and Baylor averted a monumental collapse to pull out a 50-48 season-opening victory over 14th-ranked TCU on Friday night in Waco, Texas.
TCU, which had won an FBS-best 25 consecutive regular-season games, overcame a 47-23 deficit in the fourth quarter when new starting quarterback Casey Pachall threw three touchdowns before the game’s only turnover – a fumble by Bears quarterback Robert Griffin – set up a go-ahead 27-yard field goal by Ross Evans, who earlier missed twice from behind 40 yards.
But Baylor, which hadn’t beaten a ranked team since 2004, then went 60 yards in 11 plays – including Griffin’s 15-yard catch from Kendall Wright on a third-and-10 – to set up Jones.
The Frogs had one more chance, but Pachall’s last pass was intercepted by Mike Hicks and he ran the clock down to 2 seconds.
(17) Michigan State 28, Youngstown State 6: At East Lansing, Mich., B.J. Cunningham caught nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown, moving into a tie for first on Michigan State’s career receptions list in the Spartans’ win over the Penguins.
Kirk Cousins completed 18 of 22 passes for 22 yards, and Edwin Baker ran for 91 yards for Michigan State.
Texas A&M-Kingsville 21, Central Washington 10: At Ellensburg, 22nd-ranked Central Washington University managed just 213 yards of total offense, and seventh-ranked Texas A&M University-Kingsville converted two Wildcats turnovers into 14 points as CWU lost its season opener.