THE VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX: Jalen Reagor made the difference in first half


TCU leads Baylor, 9-6, at halftime.

The Horned Frogs defense won the battle of strength-on-strength through the first 30 minutes, holding Charlie Brewer and the Bears to 151 total yards and a single score.

TCU didn’t do much with the ball and saw its starting quarterback, Mike Collins, leave with an apparent lower-leg injury. But the Horned Frogs did get one huge play as Jalen Reagor caught what looked to be a busted wide-receiver screen pass and turned it into a 65-yard touchdown. That play proved to be the difference between the two squads leading up to halftime.

However, given TCU’s struggles in the second half this season and Baylor’s ability to pull out close games here at McLane Stadium, this one feels very much within the Bears’ grasp.

One thing Baylor can’t afford is more turnovers. TCU recovered a fumble that set up Jonathan Song’s 29-yard field goal, the first score of the game. Then the Horned Frogs came up with another loose ball that stopped a Baylor drive in the red zone.

Brewer is having a hard time figuring out the TCU defense as he completed just 7 of 12 passes for 90 yards in the first half. His best weapon has been his legs and he’s rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown to this point.

So the big question for the second half: Can Baylor generate some momentum to claim a win and get bowl eligible?