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Baylor Drops 27-0 Decision to No. 22 TCU in Season Opener

Sept.1, 2007

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Baylor fell 27-0 to the No. 22-ranked Horned Frogs Saturday.

Andy Dalton threw for 205 yards and a touchdown in his first college start, and Justin Watts and Ryan Christian ran for scores as the Frogs won their ninth straight game. Chris Manfredini kicked two field goals after missing wide right on a 29-yard attempt the opening drive.

The Frogs had three of their four interceptions and held Baylor to only 78 yards after halftime. Baylor had 204 yards in the first half.

Chase Ortiz, TCU's other All-MWC defensive end, got to quarterback Blake Szymanski and knocked the ball loose on the first play after halftime. The play was initially called a fumble recovered by the Frogs. Even though the play was overturned and made an incomplete pass after being reviewed, the tone was set for the second half.

Linebacker Jason Phillips intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter, reaching back to grab Szymanski's pass thrown behind the intended receiver. Phillips returned it 34 yard to the Baylor 20, setting up Dalton's 14-yard TD pass to Ervin Dickerson that made it 24-0.

Dalton was 18-for-30 passing. But he had an interception and a fumble, losing the ball at the Baylor 1 on a keeper later in the first quarter.

Szymanski won a four-quarterback battle this fall, a competition that included a 25-year-old senior transfer from Kent State and a junior college transfer. He was 23-of-47 passing for 216 yards with three of the interceptions.

Watts (1 yard) and Christian (12 yards) scored in the second quarter to give TCU a 14-0 lead.

Both teams had missed field goals on their first drives. Baylor's Shea Brewster also missed a 35-yard kick in the third quarter.

TCU has won its last five games against Big 12 teams, a streak that started with a season-opening victory at Oklahoma in 2005.



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