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TCU News: Road Frogs Embrace the Challenge, Nebraska Interested in CDC?

GP’s teams have been excellent on the road, and they hope to continue that streak this afternoon.


Everybody loves an underdog. TCU prefers to be the underdog | The Star-Telegram

While fans bemoan these every other year six home game schedules, GP seems to revel in having to go on the road for an extra game. I can see why.

TCU is 40-14 in road and neutral-site games since 2009, the second-best record in the nation in that time, and 30-14 in true road games, third-best in the nation in that stretch. The Frogs are 14-9 in Big 12 road games.

They’ve collected seven road wins against AP Top 25 teams since 2009.

Patterson said that, on the road, his players don’t face the pressure of performing for friends and family in the stands.

“Yeah, that’s true,” Texada said, asked if the Frogs really do focus better in away games. “I feel like you kind of have to on the road because when you’re on the road, they’re not cheering for you, so you’ve got to go out there and you’ve got to create your own energy and go out there and get the win. Because it’s hard to win games on the road.”

After a handoff, Gary Patterson heard boos. But TCU was setting up its Hail Mary | The Star-Telegram

Fun breakdown of the play before the play last weekend. Patterson and Cumbie clearly have a great relationship and have been on the same page most of the season.

He credited co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie’s play calling and the plan of the offensive coaches against the SMU prevent defense.

“They had the plan, they had the play,” Patterson said on Fox Sports Southwest’s Horned Frogs Nation. “They gave the ball to Snell. We thought on a linebacker, if they backed up, they were going to have trouble tackling him in space.”

Snell ran for 18 yards, getting the ball to the 38, where TCU called timeout with three seconds left.

“He got enough yards, we were able to get the timeout, we were able to throw the ball in the end zone, and you know the rest of the story,” Patterson said.

Yep, Jalen Reagor went up for a Hail Mary throw — one of the most exciting plays in football— from Kenny Hill and came down with it in the end zone, giving the Frogs a 28-22 halftime lead on the way to a 56-36 victory. The play was one of four consecutive touchdowns by the Frogs that rallied them from a 19-7 deficit.

“It was really a great job by the offensive staff,” Patterson said. “They had planned. That’s what they wanted to do, and they were able to execute it.”

This TCU football player wears a nice watch during games | WFAA

This story is taking off. Let’s home it’s #TurpinTime in Stillwater.

KaVontae Turpin, an elite kick returner who also has big-play ability in the ground game and through the air, has been wearing a fancy wristwatch during games.

The accessory is likely a play on “Turpin Time,” a phrase that’s worked its way into the everday lexicon in Fort Worth. When No. 25 gets the ball, it’s Turpin Time.

He’s scored 13 total touchdowns in 24 career games at TCU -- 10 receiving, two on punt returns and a 39-yard rushing score in the 2017 season opener.

Turpin’s addition of a watch to his gameday attire was discovered after a TCU Athletics Instagram post Thursday night showing Turpin during TCU's Week 3 win over SMU.

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit: TCU could be good bet down stretch | NewsDay

Stop. Liking. Us. Kirk.

“If there’s kind of a wild card for me, it would be TCU,” Herbstreit said. “Me saying this, it could be over this weekend, but TCU is a team I think is better, I think they have a chance.”

The No. 16 Horned Frogs are 3-0 to open the season, including a 28-7 win at Arkansas. After winning a Big 12 co-championship in 2014, TCU hasn’t been able to reclaim that glory. But an older, healthier TCU squad has a shot to change that and make a playoff run, Herbstreit said.

“Kenny Hill’s been better, they’re running the ball which complements what he’s been doing,” Herbstreit said. “I think they’re more mature. The last couple of years, they’ve had so many injuries, they’ve been playing young corners, their defensive line hasn’t had any depth because of injuries. Now, again it’s Week 4, but now they’re rotating nine guys on the defensive line. Much more veteran secondary, especially on the corners.”

No. 6 Oklahoma State faces No. 16 TCU’s tough defense | Fox Sports

This is going to be a battle for four quarters.

“I think it’s the best group that we’ve played up to this point,” Gundy said. “They’re always going to challenge you. TCU is going to hold its defensive call until the last second and they’re going to run with you. They recruit well. Their guys can tackle and move well, so it’ll be a challenge for all of us. It’ll be a good game.”

TCU coach Gary Patterson calls Oklahoma State “one of the best teams playing so far” in college football. The Horned Frogs have embraced their underdog status.

“It’s just you against the world,” Texada said. “No one believes in you, you’ve just got to — like we say, just take it one game at a time and it will work itself out.”

5 possible candidates for Nebraska's next athletic director | Omaha World-Herald


Stop, Nebraska.

You aren’t a better job than TCU. You just aren’t. Why would CDC even entertain leaving Fort Worth for Lincoln? TCU might not be the best job in college athletics, but it’s not far off.

Not. Gonna. Happen.

Chris Del Conte was appointed Texas Christian University's director of intercollegiate athletics in October of 2009. Under Del Conte, five TCU head coaches (Gary Patterson, football; Jim Schlossnagle, baseball; Karen Monez, rifle; David Roditi, men's tennis; Haley Schoolfield, equestrian) have been named National Coach of the Year. Ten sports — baseball, women's basketball, football, women's golf, rifle, men's swimming and diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's indoor and outdoor track and field — have won conference titles under Del Conte, who has seen 17 of 21 sports represented in NCAA postseason play.