The offensive line has been a mess, but Jet has to get going.
Speaking of running backs, TCU has to get its running game going against KU. The Frogs’ best individual rushing performance in Big 12 play was a 66-yard day by Sewo Olonilua against Iowa State.
Darius Anderson hasn’t gotten going in conference play yet, the latest being a six-carry, 32-yard day against Oklahoma. Anderson has seen his snap count diminish because of his struggles in pass protection.
“In the Texas Tech game we really struggled with that and he knows,” Patterson said. “He got better last week. It’s hard to check the run and pass if you’re not doing what you need to do with the protection part of it. That’s really where all of it stands.
“To play at the next level and do all that that’s what you have to do. I think he’s going to be really good at it, it just has to become important to him.”
Just as we are getting excited to be in the same conversation as basketball Kansas, we sadly get put in the same convo as football Kansas.
“First of all, it’s most important that we stay positive. Negativity is very contagious,” TCU offensive tackle Anthony McKinney said. “It’s really important to make sure that as a team that we’re all keeping each other high and lifted.”
The Horned Frogs have the perfect get-right opponent coming up in Kansas.
The Jayhawks (2-5, 0-4) have lost four straight after a blowout win over Rutgers. Along the way, coach David Beaty fired offensive coordinator Doug Meacham and has continued to go back and forth with his starting quarterbacks, preventing the Jayhawks from finding any offensive rhythm.
”It’s going to be a challenge, but our guys are certainly up for it and coming out of last week the things that we need to fix are very fixable,” Beaty said. “I know that our procedure is much improved. I know our guys feel much more comfortable.
”I know we will do nothing but improve from there. I’m excited to get them back on the field.”
Getting Small back is huge - as is losing Iwuagwu again.
Both Iwuagwu and Small sustained injuries during TCU’s 31-16 loss to Texas on Sept. 22 and haven’t seen playing time since. Patterson said on Tuesday that Iwuagwu was likely to return to action against Kansas on Saturday, but that now appears to be uncertain -- if not unlikely -- after the latest updates on Thursday.
Iwuagwu began the season as one of the few experienced starters on a TCU offensive line that was decimated by departures after the 2017 season. The junior from Houston started at left guard in all 14 games for the Horned Frogs a year ago.
We all hope Turp gets his life back on track.
Patterson acknowledged it hasn’t been the best of weeks with Turpin being arrested last weekend for alleged assault against his girlfriend. Patterson suspended the standout returner on Monday and, after news broke of a previous domestic violence charge against Turpin last March in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Patterson kicked him off the team.
“I love KaVontae Turpin, but also I have a responsibility just like a parent does to make sure I do everything,” Patterson told host Brian Estridge on 92.1 Hank-FM. “You have to always get things like that out there and do it. But I wish for him the best.
“The bottom line to it is there’re things that are bigger than all of us individually.”
What a comeback for the Frogs, who scored three times in the second half to earn the win.
TCU (12-4-2, 5-3-1) came out in the second half and quickly tied the game. A shot hit OSU’s crossbar and fell to the ground, bouncing on the goal line for a moment before Kayla Hill knocked it in for the equalizer.
The Horned Frogs weren’t done there.
Tayla Christensen received a pass and put a nifty spin move on OSU defender Kim Rodriguez before firing the ball into the goal to put TCU up 2-1.