Patterson put some of the blame for TCU’s poor defensive showing on the coaching staff, as well as bad tackling.
“When you do that, you’re not going to give your kids a very good chance of being successful,” Patterson said Monday on the Big 12 coaches conference call with reporters. “Hopefully we’ll do a lot better job as a coaching staff of getting them put in position against Arkansas. If not, they’ll have 1,000 yards and 1,000 points. We’ve got to do a lot better job this week.”
Enos has mad respect for what Patterson has done defensively in his career.
“They’re obviously extremely well-coached,” Enos said. “They play their scheme, that 4-2-5 that Coach (Gary) Patterson kind of created way back when this thing all evolved. He’s kind of the guy that did it and very rarely can you say that in football these days.”
Texas sits at the top after a big win over Notre Dame, while TCU fell to No. 5.
The Horned Frogs overcame a 10-point deficit in the second quarter and led by just four points for a chunk of the fourth quarter against South Dakota State, an FCS team, before Kenny Hill threw for a score and ran for another to secure a 59-41 win. Hill enjoyed a nice TCU debut with 439 yards passing. KaVontae Turpin scored on an 81-yard punt return, and newcomer Taj Williams caught a touchdown. But it’s back to the drawing board for the TCU defense.
The game will be aired on ESPN, and starts at 6pm.
ESPN has assigned announcers Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) to work the game.
Patterson knows that a strong Texas = a strong Big 12.
“It’s good to see Texas play the way they did,” Patterson said Monday in the Big 12 coaches conference call with reporters. “Obviously it helps the conference, it helps all of us. Even the teams that lost, we’ve got a lot of really good football teams in this league this season. Every week’s going to be a challenge.”