Outside of 2014, TCU’s best seasons have been those when they have had a dominant defense and a solid to spectacular running game. Saturday, they got back to basics - and it was GP laughing last.
“You guys are all sitting here surprised because you didn’t think it would happen that way,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “That’s why you’re asking me those questions. And I’m not surprised. I’ve been telling you, but you haven’t been listening. I’m just proud of my guys. It’s a tough place to play.”
Those numbers, man. Seven points and less than 350 total yards. The Gary Patterson defense is back. In a big way.
“We did our normal thing,” Patterson said, asked to describe the postgame celebration. “We thanked the guy upstairs, raised our eyes and keep climbing. Now they’re taking a shower. Go about our life.”
Life for the Frogs now is a home game next week against SMU.
And also, rising expectations.
But why not? TCU’s defense gave up an early touchdown on a misdirection pass, but Arkansas couldn’t threaten with anything after that. In two games, the Frogs have allowed seven points and 332 yards. Total.
Oh my god. He destroyed his kicker post-game. Man, that kid is going to have to escape Fayetteville under the cover of darkness.
Kicker Cole Hedlund missed two field goals (20 and 23 yards). Bielema says the kicking game is “inexcusable” and the team will find another option. “We’re not going down that road again. Those field goals were hard to take. That second one was basically a PAT and to miss that … that’s juvenile. That was something that probably wore on the defense. It’s unacceptable.”
The other options at kicker according to Bielema are Connor Limpert and Blake Mazza: “I just didn’t want to go to Limpert [today], because he’s a lefty. That means we’ve got to change out the battery with the man that’s holding it. Connor Limpert has hit the ball well, though. What we want him to concentrate more on just is kickoffs and Mazza and Cole had been doing the PATs and field goals, but obviously something is going to have to change to get the answer to that.”
I would have felt badly for Arkansas, had TCU not done this clanking kicks things first. But still, DOINK = LOL.
The No 23 TCU Horned Frogs are taking on the Arkansas Razorbacks this Saturday, and the Hogs’ offense isn’t off to a great start to say the least. Arkansas scored a touchdown in the first quarter, but the Razorbacks haven’t scored since, and the game’s now in the fourth quarter. The Hogs’ kicker has missed a pair of field goals — both that were inside the 25. His last miss was an incredible doink. Just listen to the sound of this thing, folks.
I liked it better when no one was talking about us, tbh.
If you were to predict which team would bring the physicality in Saturday's game between the Frogs and the Hogs, you'd probably pick Arkansas. TCU flipped the script on the road, stunning the home crowd and dominating at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The defense, in particular, was tenacious against the pass and stout against the run, pitching a shutout over the final three quarters while TCU's rushing attack slowly wore Arkansas down. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are top teams in the Big 12, but this kind of win makes you think that TCU has a decent shot to wind up in that rebooted Big 12 championship game at the end of the year.