FORT WORTH — Baylor has suffered a remarkable number of injuries throughout the season, and it wasn’t any different in Friday’s season-ending 45-22 loss to No. 10 TCU as freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer went out with a dislocated shoulder late in the third quarter.
Brewer was replaced by sophomore Zach Smith who had missed the last three games after suffering a shoulder injury against Texas.
Brewer hit 19 of 29 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns against the Horned Frogs before his injury. But he also threw an interception and fumbled to set up two TCU touchdowns.
Smith hit two of five passes for 13 yards, and both quarterbacks were under heavy pressure as TCU sacked Brewer six times and Smith twice.
Baylor coach Matt Rhule will be happy to have both quarterbacks healthy for spring football.
“Those two guys have proven that they’re good enough,” Rhule said. “They just have to get healthy. They’re both such young puppies, you’re talking about a freshman and a sophomore. So this offseason, this spring, I think will be great for their development.”
Baylor suffers record 11th loss on season
Baylor set a school record with its 11th loss of the season.
The Bears finished 1-11 overall and 1-8 in the Big 12 with their only win coming against Kansas, 38-9, on Nov. 4 in Lawrence. Baylor’s 1999 team finished 1-10 in Kevin Steele’s first season while the 1969 team went 0-10 in Bill Beall’s first season.
But Rhule is optimistic about the future after playing so many young players in an injury-plagued season.
“I’m just so confident as we move forward,” Rhule said. “Does that mean I hate to lose? I hate to lose absolutely. I hate to see the look on my family’s faces, I hate to see the look on our players’ faces. But for me I just move forward.”
FORT WORTH — TCU is bound for the Big 12 championship game and Baylor is headed home after a one-win season.
Martin sets FG record
Connor Martin set Baylor’s single-season field goal record with 20 by nailing a career-long 48-yarder and a 23-yarder against the Horned Frogs.
Martin broke Aaron Jones’ record of 19 in 2010. He hit 20 of 24 field goals for an .833 percentage, which is third in Baylor history behind Marty Jimmerson’s .857 (12 of 14) in 1984 and Terry Syler’s .846 (11 of 13) in 1985.
Texada brothers reunite in Fort Worth
Baylor redshirt freshman cornerback Raleigh Texada joined his older brother, TCU senior defensive back Ranthony Texada, for the Horned Frogs’ senior day ceremony prior to the opening kickoff.
Both players attended Frisco Centennial High School. The brothers each recorded one tackle during the game.