Baylor entered Saturday as 21-point underdogs determined to announce its arrival, a departure from the critics who dismissed the team as the "same old Baylor."
The Bears left "embarrassed" and "disappointed" with a 45-10 loss to No. 4 TCU.
"We went into the game thinking and knowing that they didn’t have better players than we did and they weren’t more talented or confident, but it seemed like when our players got on the field we didn’t play with confidence," said quarterback Robert Griffin. "They came ready to play and they played with confidence and that was the difference in the game."
Baylor went three-and-out on its first possession and it never got much better. TCU jumped out to a 35-3 first-half lead and sent Baylor on its way to its first loss of the season early in the day.
"I tried to stay as positive as I could; I told the guys that something’s gotta change. We have to make a decision, whether we want to be great or want to be as some like to say, 'the same old Baylor,'" Griffin said. "I look at that statement and whoever says it, they’re going to swallow those words. I’ll be dedicated this week and for the rest of my career to make sure that happens."
That journey begins Saturday against Rice. Griffin says goal No. 1 is to not let a team beat you twice. In other words, any hangover from the TCU loss can't affect Saturday's matchup with Rice, who led Texas in the second quarter of its season opener.
"How the team performs is a reflection of leadership and me being one of the leaders, obviously I’m not doing a good enough job of that," Griffin said. "So I’ll make sure this week and the rest of the time I’m here that I’m a better leader."
And when people look back on Baylor's 2010 season, he doesn't want TCU to be the game that changed the course of Baylor's bowl fortunes. There was plenty of bad against the Horned Frogs: missed throws, penalties, missed blocks dropped passes and more.
"Throughout the game we moved the ball when we wanted to; we just had mental mistakes here or there," Griffin said. "You can't hurt yourself like that and expect to win."
Or shed the tag of "same old Baylor."
"We’ll be judged after 12 games, not after three," said coach Art Briles.