There are plenty of problems to point to when it comes to Thursday night’s game.
“Our players can’t turn the ball over,” Patterson said. “Our running backs have to secure the ball better. The ball bounced off a tight end in the end zone on the first one when they intercepted it.”
Patterson said that the offensive line will need to block better because “Shawn was running for his life.”
Beg to differ, Berry.
“It was four years ago I walked off that field and they’d put 82 on us,” Kingsbury said Thursday night. “So to come back and have that type of performance, I’m really proud of what that side (defense) of the football’s done — has fought and fought, and that was the consistency that we’re looking for from that group with all that veteran leadership.”
This was a game good for Big 12 PR. The national perception that the Big 12 plays arena-style football was laid to rest, for at least one night.
This was an old-fashioned field position game. Each team started five possessions inside its own 20-yard line. TCU started from its 1- and 2-yard lines. Tech started from its 1-, 2- and 3-yard lines.
This is a terrifying thought. But it might be true.
Strong safety Innis Gaines exited in the second half with an apparent injury to his left leg. Left tackle Austin Myers also was on the sidelines for the last several offensive series.
That adds to the list of injury concerns for the Frogs. They were without free safety Niko Small for a second consecutive game, as well as left guard Cordel Iwuagwu.
With Gaines and Small out, TCU was forced to go with true freshman Trevon Moehrig-Woodard and redshirt freshman La’Kendrick Van Zandt in the secondary.
As far as the O-line, Chris Gaynor started in place of Iwuagwu at left guard and Anthony McKinney saw extended time at left tackle with Myers sidelined.
Patterson said he’d have to watch film before assessing the O-line, but said the loss of Iwuagwu has “hurt us quite a bit.”
The team has struggled without their star freshman.
Freshman outside hitter élan McCall missed her second straight match for TCU as the team fell to Iowa State on the road via sweep on Saturday.
Anna Walsh notched a team-best 11 kills and hit .556 to lead the Horned Frogs, which fell to 11-7, 3-4 Big 12 with the loss. Walsh also paced the team in Wednesday’s four-set loss at Baylor, posting 17 kills, while Katie Clark added 10.
McCall, who has been picked for four of the seven Big 12 Rookie of the Week nods, had notched double-digit kills in all 16 of the team’s previous matches in 2018, including a 21-kill, 17-dig outing in the Frog’s win over Texas Tech last Saturday.
McCall has racked up 298 kills (5.05 per set), including 20 or more in seven matches and 31 in a four-set loss at Colorado State. Her 298 kills coming into the week accounted for 36 percent of the team’s offensive output (829 overall kills).