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The brilliant Andy Dalton led TCU the past four years. His backup last year, Casey Pachall, threw only nine passes last year.
Pachall brings a dynamic dual-threat skill set to the field, but he does not have a great deal of in game experience. His inexperience was evident as he tried to rally TCU on the game's final drive.
Pachall was brilliant in resurrecting his team from a 47-23 deficit to a 48-47 lead. He threw for 251 yards and four touchdowns, but he came unraveled when the game mattered most.
With TCU trailing 50-48 after a Baylor field goal, Pachall led the Horned Frogs to the Baylor 40 yard line. Then the trouble started.
After clocking the ball on first down, Pachall encountered pressure when he dropped back on second down. He scrambled around the pocket and unleashed a cross-field throw off his back foot that was almost intercepted. On the next play, he was intercepted and the game was over.
On third down, Pachall tried to force the ball down the middle of the field into triple coverage. It was an easy interception for Baylor defensive back Mike Hicks.
It's hard to say whether Andy Dalton would have been able to deliver the points Pachall was not able to on the game's final drive. That said, as a fifth year senior, Dalton would not have panicked the way Pachall did when the game was on the line. The sophomore violated one of the most basic rules of quarterback play by throwing across his body off his back foot and then tried to force the ball into triple coverage.
Those are the mistakes of a rookie quarterback. Pachall is going to get better as the season goes on, but in a pressure situation against Baylor, he was not ready.