Last season, Baylor took a trip to Texas Christian and returned home humbled and a bit embarrassed.
This year, the Bears had a chance to seek revenge on the touted and ranked Horned Frogs, and this time, it was the Frogs that walked off the field feeling a bit embarrassed.
Art Briles, head coach at Baylor, undoubtedly reminded his players of the thrashing at the hands of TCU in 2010.
The game began with Baylor, almost surprisingly, hanging tough with the Horned Frogs. In the second quarter, Briles really stepped on the accelerator and allowed quarterback Robert Griffin, III to sling it around the field, putting up 20 second-quarter points to take a 34-23 halftime lead into the locker room.
Everyone figured that a 11-point lead against TCU wasn't nearly enough, and Briles and the Bears went in for the kill in the third, blanking TCU while putting up 13 more points.
When TCU poured it on in the fourth quarter, and eventually took the lead with less than five minutes to go, Briles reminded his team of their successes against TCU earlier in the evening, and made sure no one panicked.
Under Briles's direction and the sure play of the quarterback now simply known as “RG3,” the Bears drove down the field where Aaron Jones booted a 37-yard field goal with a minute remaining to put the Bears up for good, 50-48.
Improbable at best, the Bears' victory over TCU may set the tone for the entire 2011 season—a season which follows a 2010 success that saw Baylor heading to their first bowl game since 1994. Could 2010 and 2011 be the first back-to-back bowl game seasons for the Bears since 1991-1992?
With the skilled planning of Briles and continued amazing, calm play from “RG3,” it looks pretty good.