Not surprising. Sawyer got game reps against Oklahoma State once things had gone completely awry.
“The game was a little bit out of hand, so I felt like Foster in that kind of environment against that kind of defense needed some work,” Patterson said.
The Frogs certainly do, but the main story line of this game is all about Charlie Strong’s job. Patterson noted Monday, though, that both teams had something in common.
“I feel bad for Charlie and his staff,” Patterson said. “The kids recruited by Charlie have to be feeling hurt.
“I’ve been in the profession a long time and know these situations are difficult, but I’ve got enough on my plate coaching TCU. Both teams are trying to get bowl-eligible. Neither of us are where we want to be. We each need one more win to get to a bowl.”
Both teams are looking to become bowl eligible.
Saturday marks the 201st game for Patterson as head coach of the Horned Frogs, tying him with Dutch Meyer (1934-52) for the most in TCU history. Patterson is 148-52 (.740) in 16 seasons. He surpassed Meyer (109) in 2012 as TCU’s all-time winningest coach. Meyer led the Horned Frogs to national championships in 1935 and 1938.
Dixon becomes the first TCU head coach to start his career 4-0, thanks in large part to a career-high 24 points from Vlad Brodziansky.
At one point, Brodziansky scored 11 consecutive points and 15 of 18 while helping TCU erase a 36-31 halftime deficit. Included were lots of attempts from the low post, helping TCU finish with a 34-18 edge on points in the paint. The Frogs’ bench also outscored ISU’s bench 43-19.
Illinois State may not be a very recognizable team, but they’re much better than TCU’s previous three opponents.
Illinois State, who was picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference, moved to 1-2 overall with the loss. The Redbirds were carried by a 20-point, 9-rebound night by MiKyle McIntosh.
TCU looks to get to 4-0 against Grambling Tuesday. Hopefully this isn’t a trap game, as TCU heads to Notre Dame Saturday. If you’re planning on getting out to Tuesday’s game, be sure to bring some canned goods with you for the food drive.
To celebrate “FrogsGiving”, fans can bring a canned food item and receive a free popcorn in game. All canned food will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.