FORT WORTH – Josh Hoover passed for 412 yards while Jared Wiley set a TCU tight end record with 178 yards receiving as the Horned Frogs exploded in the second half
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Josh Hoover passed for 412 yards while Jared Wiley set a TCU tight end record with 178 yards receiving as the Horned Frogs exploded in the second half to roll past Baylor 42-17 Saturday afternoon in Amon G. Carter Stadium.
TCU beat Baylor for the eighth time in the last nine meetings.
The Horned Frogs led 14-10 at the half, before outscoring the Bears 28-7 the remainder of the way. Dating back to the Texas game, TCU has scored 62 points in its last five quarters.
Wiley's 178 receiving yards were the most by a Big 12 tight end since at least 1996 and the most in a game nationally this season by a player at that position. He had a career-best seven receptions and two touchdowns, including an 81-yard scoring reception from Hoover to give TCU a 14-7 lead. It came just two plays after Jamoi Hodge and Micheal Ibukun-Okeyode combined on a tackle for a 5-yard loss on a Baylor rush attempt on a 4th-and-3 at its own 8.
Hoover completed 24-of-29 passes for two scores and no interceptions. With his 412 yards passing, he joined Ohio State's CJ Stroud as the only Power Five players to pass for at least 400 yards in two of their first five career starts. His 82.8 completion percentage tied for sixth-best in a game at TCU.
TCU began the second half quickly by driving 81 yards in nine plays, capped by a 28-yard scoring pass from Hoover to Wiley, to extend its lead to 21-10.
The Horned Frogs did not punt in a game for the first time since a 2010 win over Air Force, were 9-of-11 on third-down conversions and outgained the Bears 531-to-347.
TCU is at Oklahoma on Friday at 11 a.m. on FOX.
*TCU defeated Baylor for the eighth time in the last nine meetings and is 9-3 in Big 12 Conference play against the Bears.
*With 119 games played, TCU has faced Baylor more than any opponent in its history and holds a 59-53-7 series lead.
*TCU did not punt in a game for the first time since a 2010 win over Air Force.
*The Horned Frogs were 9-of-11 on third-down conversions and outgained the Bears 531-to-347.
*TCU's Sonny Dykes is 2-0 as a head coach against Baylor.
*The Horned Frogs are 10-3 in home contests under Dykes.
*TCU is 12-5 in Big 12 regular-season games with Dykes.
*TCU led 14-10 at the half and is 15-1 under Dykes when ahead at the break.
*Ten Horned Frogs had a reception.
*The 81-yard touchdown from Josh Hoover to Jared Wiley was TCU's longest pass play since Kenny Hill hit Jalen Reagor on a 93-yard scoring strike in the 2017 Alamo Bowl.
*TCU scored for the 393rd consecutive game, the second-longest streak in NCAA history. No. 1 is Florida at 446 games (1988-present). The Horned Frogs haven't been blanked since Nov. 16, 1991, at Texas (32-0).
*TCU wore a black helmet, anthracite jersey and anthracite pants.
*Josh Hoover became the second Power 5 quarterback (C.J. Stroud, Ohio State) since 2019 to pass for at least 400 yards in two of his opening five starts. He is also the first from the Big 12 to accomplish the feat since 2019.
*Hoover's 82.8 completion percentage (24-of-29) ranked sixth for a game in TCU history. He passed for 412 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
*Hoover had a 3-yard touchdown run for his first career rushing score and a 22-yard carry for the second-longest run of his career.
*Jared Wiley set a TCU tight end record with his career-best 178 yards receiving. He set a career-high with seven receptions while tying another personal mark with two touchdowns.
*Wiley's 178 receiving yards are the most by a Big 12 tight end since at least 1996 and the most in a game nationally this season by a player at that position.
*Wiley's 81-yard touchdown catch was the longest reception of his career, surpassing his previous best of 52 yards against TCU while playing for Texas in 2020. He later added a 28-yard scoring grab.
*Emani Bailey had touchdown runs of 27 and 31 yards to give him a team-best seven rushing scores on the season.
*Trey Sanders had a 2-yard touchdown run on his lone carry, his sixth rushing score of the year.
*JP Richardson's six receptions, for 42 yards, equaled his most as a Horned Frog and were one shy of a career-best seven while playing for Oklahoma State against Texas last season.
*Richardson has a catch in 26 consecutive games for the longest streak on the team. It covers 11 games at TCU and his final 15 at Oklahoma State.
*Shad Banks Jr. had a team-best eight tackles, including two for loss.
*Jamoi Hodge and Micheal Ibukun-Okeyode combined on a tackle for a 5-yard loss on a Baylor 4th-and-3 rush attempt at the TCU 8.
*Ibukun-Okeyode finished with 1.5 tackles for loss.
*Damonic Williams had a sack to give him 3.0 on the season which ties for second on the Horned Frogs.
*Caleb Fox's five tackles were his most as a Horned Frog and one shy of a career-high six when playing for Stephen F. Austin.
*JP Richardson had a career-long 21-yard punt return after tying his personal best with an 18-yard effort earlier in the game.