TCU will never get the preseason pub of a Texas or OU, but frankly, I think GP is perfectly okay with that.
But he didn’t bang the drum to promote his squad.
Why bother? Might as well assume underdog status and make it your own. Patterson has perfected the art.
“Bottom line to it is, instead of fighting it, why don’t we just go about our business and prove people wrong?” he said.
I think the Frogs have the better athletes on defense, but both units are well-coached and don’t make a ton of mistakes.
Defense - Even. K-State is 44th in total defense, TCU is 49th. The Wildcats are a little better against the pass, the Frogs are stouter against the run, and they both excel at taking the ball away. TCU opponents are 25 of 74 on third downs (34 percent). Howard leads the team with 38 tackles, with 3½ for loss and one interception. S Nick Orr has two of their seven interceptions. Tanking has a team-high 37 tackles for K-State, and DT Will Geary has three sacks.
Are the Frogs a national darling? They’ll need all the help they can get if they want to make a playoff run, after the Sooners laid an egg last weekend at home to Iowa State.
TCU, meantime, is fast becoming one of the nation's best stories. It has a daunting remaining regular season schedule, which includes road games at Kansas State, suddenly formidable Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
All of that is before a possible matchup with Oklahoma or Oklahoma State in the Big 12 title game.
Asked if he took any comfort in being the league’s lone uneaten team, TCU coach Gary Patterson, seemingly both wired and exasperated, quickly said, “No. I bet every game is going to be like this. If you’re going to win a championship, you win three or four that are ugly. You’ve got to win the ugly ones.”
Saturday’s victory may not have been all that ugly, but it was impressive. Though he was imprecise at times, Hill became the fourth player in Big 12 history to have a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game.
Just play ball, Kenny.
“Honestly, going through the drive, I kind of forgot that it was even tied,” the Horned Frogs’ senior quarterback said Tuesday during a midweek meeting with reporters. “It felt like a normal drive. We just went out there, tried to execute like normal, not get too high with what’s going on in the game. Just stay level.”
Hill led a 13-play drive covering 65 yards in 6:57 to put TCU ahead 31-24, the eventual final in the Big 12 clash. He scored the winning points on a 3-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal with 2:53 left.
“It really didn’t even click to me until I scored and I looked up at the scoreboard,” Hill said. “I was like, ‘Dang, that might have been the game right there.’ ”