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College Football
Baylor at Texas Christian
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, November 27, 2015
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Baylor will be using its third-string quarterback and TCU will likely be using its backup when the No. 7 Bears visit the No. 19 Horned Frogs in Friday's Big 12 contest. Baylor sophomore Chris Johnson will make his first career start after replacing freshman Jarrett Stidham (broken ankle) in last Saturday's victory over Oklahoma State, while TCU senior Trevone Boykin (ankle) could miss his second straight game.

The Bears lead the nation in scoring (53.8) and total offense (644.1 yards) and have continued to click despite losing junior Seth Russell to a season-ending neck injury and now Stidham. "The playbook was open, and we were dialing up the same things we were with Seth and Jarrett, because he’s good and he can deliver," coach Art Briles said at a press conference of Johnson, who passed for 138 yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma State. "He can do it. That part of it was not surprising at all." Johnson was playing receiver until Russell's injury on Oct. 24 and the Bears could use a big performance from him to keep their College Football Playoff aspirations alive. The Horned Frogs average 42.9 points and 588.2 yards per game but have lost senior standout receiver Josh Doctson (wrist) for the season and senior Bram Kohlhausen will start at quarterback if Boykin can't play.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: None.

ABOUT BAYLOR (9-1, 6-1 Big 12): Junior receiver Corey Coleman has been superb and leads the nation with 20 touchdown receptions while catching 66 passes for 1,306 yards. Sophomore wideout KD Cannon (39 catches for 774 yards and six touchdowns) and senior receiver Jay Lee (34 for 714 with eight scores) are also dependable targets but Briles said the Bears could be without junior running back Shock Linwood (1,240 yards, 10 touchdowns) due to knee and ankle injuries. Defensively, senior defensive end Shawn Oakman has a team-best 13 tackles for losses and junior cornerback Xavien Howard has a team-leading four interceptions.

ABOUT TCU (9-2, 6-2): Kohlhausen was 5-of-11 for 122 yards and two touchdowns in relief against Oklahoma and is a better option than redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer, who was 8-of-18 for 107 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions before being pulled from his first career start. Senior running back Aaron Green has posted back-to-back 100-yard outings and has 1,099 yards to become the first Horned Frogs' back to top 1,000 rushing yards since Ed Wesley (1,078) in 2010. Junior defensive end Josh Carraway has a team-best seven sacks and senior strong safety Derrick Kindred leads TCU in both tackles (74) and interceptions (two).


1. The Horned Frogs possessed a 21-point lead with 11 minutes to play in last season's meeting before Baylor rallied for a 61-58 victory.

2. Coleman (2,952 career receiving yards) needs 151 yards to pass third-place Tevin Reese (2010-13) on the Bears' all-time receiving-yardage list.

3. TCU recently lost two solid offensive linemen -- seniors C Joey Hunt and LG Jamelle Naff -- for the season with unspecified injuries.

PREDICTION: Baylor 58, TCU 47
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Baylor 9-1 W1 53.8 27.9 4-1 5-0 4-1 0-0 6-1
Texas Christian 9-2 L1 42.9 26.5 5-0 4-2 6-1 0-0 6-2
Last Meeting
Baylor Texas Christian
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/11/14 TCU 58 BAY 61 782 272 510 485 139 346
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Baylor B. Petty 50.9 510 6 2
Texas Christian T. Boykin 44.7 287 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Baylor S. Linwood 29 178 6.1 0
Texas Christian A. Green 3 67 22.3 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Baylor A. Goodley 8 158 19.8 2
Texas Christian K. Listenbee 4 146 36.5 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Baylor C. Coleman 2
Texas Christian B. Catalon 3
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Baylor S. Russell 59.5 2104 29 6
Texas Christian T. Boykin 65.7 3426 29 9
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Baylor S. Linwood 175 1240 7.1 10
Texas Christian A. Green 202 1099 5.4 10
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Baylor C. Coleman 66 1306 19.8 20
Texas Christian J. Doctson 78 1326 17.0 14
Touchdowns Player TD
Baylor C. Coleman 20
Texas Christian J. Doctson 14
Quickchart Matchup
Baylor Baylor Off vs  Texas Christian Texas Christian Def
Baylor 644.1 yards
Texas Christian 402.3 yards
Baylor 6 yards/rush
Texas Christian 4.3 yards/rush
Baylor 11 yards/attempt
Texas Christian 6.6 yards/attempt
Texas Christian Texas Christian Off vs  Baylor Baylor Def
Texas Christian 588.2 yards
Baylor 405.9 yards
Texas Christian 5.3 yards/rush
Baylor 3.7 yards/rush
Texas Christian 9.2 yards/attempt
Baylor 7.1 yards/attempt