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But he’s right.
TCU just can’t play the way it did against SMU.
It can’t have 11 penalties for 94 yards. It can’t take three sacks. It can’t be fooled on the types of trick plays SMU ran early that helped the Ponies take a 19-7 second-quarter lead. Entering the game, TCU had allowed a total of seven points.
TCU can’t fumble the ball three times, and lose all three.
Mistakes are going to happen. College players are going to screw up.
Against OK State, TCU just can’t afford too many.
“We have to start fast is the main thing,” safety Nick Orr said. “We have to be better than we were today.”
TCU can beat Oklahoma State, it just has to be the best version of itself to do it.
This team is so damn scary on offense. It will take a special performance on both sides of the ball for the Frogs to steal one on the road.
In addition to Rudolph's prolific afternoon, the Cowboys became the first offense since Texas Tech in 2005 to have four different receivers finish with 100 or more yards receiving in a single game, as Jalen McCleskey (162 yards), James Washington (124), Ateman (109) and Dillon Stoner (100) all hit the 100-yard threshold. The Pokes were even without key wideout Tyron Johnson, who didn’t make the trip to Pitt because of a team violation.
Oklahoma State, however, will face its biggest test to date next week against TCU. The Horned Frogs held Arkansas to just 267 yards in a convincing 28-7 victory in Fayetteville last weekend. Coming into Saturday, TCU ranked fourth nationally in total defense.
The Horned Frogs will have their hands full. After three weeks, the Cowboys are averaging 54 points a game.
Let me go ahead and answer that question for you, Pokes - I would say confidently that Kyle Hicks won’t play Saturday in Stillwater. Sad.
Running back Kyle Hicksmissed the second half of Saturday's 56-36 win over SMU, and coach Gary Patterson said Hicks told the media afterward that he might miss the OSU game as well.
Hicks has rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, having played only a game and-a-half. He also missed TCU's opener against Jacksonville State with an injury.
Apparently the expectations were low, but the play completely changed the momentum of the game.
Hill said that’s the first time he had seen a Hail Mary work.
“We were sitting on the sidelines talking about it, and Jalen kept saying just throw it to me, throw it to me I got you, so I said alright man, I will throw it up and let you go get it,” Hill said. “I’ve never seen that happen in a game since I’ve been here, so that was something else, but I was happy he went up and made a play.”
TCU running back Darius Anderson said the play changed the momentum of the game.
“We had to overcome adversity and that big play helped the team and everybody pick their heads up because a lot of us were down,” Anderson said. “I was anticipating and was eager to see what would happen, so when I saw him go up, I knew we got it. It was a great feeling. It got me excited.”
Most college football players have Twitter or Instagram accounts, but the message from the Arkansas Razorbacks since losing 28-7 to TCU is that they’re not going to get caught up in the fans’ reactions on social media.
Their focus is on the message from Coach Bret Bielema and his assistants.
“I mean, we see it all,” quarterback Austin Allen said. “We hear what they’re saying. We can’t worry about what they think.
“It’s all about what this building thinks, what Coach B says and what the coaches say and how we work.”
Tight end Cheyenne O’Grady said he has avoided social media this week.
“I don’t even look at it,” O’Grady said. “I choose not to because I don’t even believe in listening or letting that get to my head. Other people might, but as an individual I don’t even acknowledge it.”