McFarland, Pierson, Kindred, and Douglas are all banged up.
Patterson said Friday he doesn’t know yet if linebacker Sammy Douglas, who played only the first two series against Minnesota, will be back after one week or be out multiple weeks. He didn’t say what the injury was.
Patterson also said after the game that safety Derrick Kindred played hurt and that the team wasn’t sure he was going to play. Again, Patterson did not say what the injury was.
Both teams struggled, but do we really need to call them anything more than first game jitters?
For now, the openers of the Big 12’s two elite teams left far more questions. That’s not atypical for quality teams. The best can struggle early. (Remember Ohio State losing to Virginia Tech?) Special teams, populated by first-time players, can malfunction. Or teams may be breaking in new starters. Problems often resolve themselves by the start of league play.
It wouldn't be surprising to see them drop with the wins a few teams behind them had.
The No. 2-ranked Horned Frogs played without two defensive starters, lost a third after the first series and committed two turnovers. The offense couldn’t put the game away, forcing the defense back on the field to protect a six-point lead against three desperation snaps with 27 seconds left.
They had beaten them just a day earlier, but couldn't do it twice.
In the final match of the SDSU/USD Invitational, the TCU volleyball team dropped its first match of the season 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-20) to No. 23 San Diego inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, Calif.
TCU made it a come-from-behind victory after conceding a goal in the 17th minute.
TCU kept the pressure on, earning four corner kicks in the half. All the hard work finally paid off in the 87th minute. Ryan Williams was streaking down the sideline and she crossed the ball to Hill. Her pass to Carter was right on target as she headed the ball past the diving goalkeeper for a 2-1 lead.