Patterson is right.
“I don’t think we would have had the firepower to do what we did the other night,” he said. “And that’s what we changed to. So we were always in a ballgame. If you have good enough ballplayers, you’ve always got a chance to come back, you’re always in a ballgame.”
Boykin claims the top spot.
Even when trailing at the half 35-17 in Manhattan, Boykin showed why he’s a step above most quarterbacks in the nation by showing no panic and sticking to his game. In addition to completing 66.7% of his passes, he provided the big plays that the Frogs would desperately need to barely escape the Little Apple with a win.
It certainly helps to have Boykin and Doctson on your squad.
The Horned Frogs are proving they can handle it. And having the nation’s top quarterback-receiver duo doesn’t hurt. No matter the atmosphere around them, Doctson and Boykin repeatedly cement their star status when TCU needs them most.
They're more like Kansas State than you think.
2. A familiar style of offense. As in: really good at holding on to the football. Like Kansas State, Iowa State is among the Big 12's best in time of possession, hanging on to the ball for an average of 31:08. The Cyclones rank third in that category and one spot ahead of TCU, which dropped from second to fourth after it watched the Wildcats work their offense for a whopping 39:45 in Manhattan, Kan., last week. Because the Horned Frogs are so dangerous with the ball, it will be in the Cyclones' best interest to eat up as much of the clock as they can.
He's certainly come a long way since this point.
He had just 39 carries through nine games as TCU struggled to what would be a 4-8 finish in 2013. Finally, Green's chance came at Iowa State with starter B.J. Catalon sidelined by injury. On a winning drive late in a 21-17 victory, he ran for 22 yards on fourth-and-1 and then added a 17-yard sprint to the Iowa State 3.
Patterson is expecting a challenge from the Cyclones on Saturday, and the team better be ready for one.
“We can finally maybe catch our breath when we get done with the ballgame [against Iowa State], but we don’t think it will be probably any different than any of the other road games we’ve played up to this point,” Patterson said Tuesday.
There's a lot of room for improvement, but Patterson praised the effort of this team so far.
“I’ve got plenty of things to line up that we can get better at,” the Horned Frogs coach said Tuesday during his weekly press conference on campus. “But right now, I should appreciate that they’ve played their tails off.”
Doug Meacham checks in at No. 2.
Meacham’s arrival in 2014 was a big reason why TCU emerged as a playoff contender last season and is in the mix once again in 2015. The Horned Frogs averaged only 25.1 points a game in 2013 but jumped to 46.5 last season and 51 per contest in 2015. Prior to joining Gary Patterson’s staff at TCU, Meacham called the plays at Houston in 2013 and worked as an assistant for Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State from 2005-12.
Congrats to the Frogs on a great tournament.
TCU's team finish of 19-under par, 845, set a new tournament record, besting the 3-over par 867 posted by UConn in 2014. It is the first time in the seven-year history of the tournament that a team has finished under par at Ellington Ridge Country Club. Boston College and Dartmouth finished second at 862.