Hopefully this is setting TCU up for a special 2019.
This is a coach who preaches “losing is a disease” and has just two losing regular-season records in his career. But, as Patterson mentioned on his radio show last week, these are the types of seasons that you learn the most from.
He followed his first losing season, a 5-6 campaign in 2004, by going 11-1 the following season. In 2013, TCU went 4-8 and bounced back by going 12-1 in 2014.
Patterson described the 2013 defense as one of his all-time favorites because the Frogs managed to end the season as the top-ranked defense in Big 12 play.
“They fought their tails off even though it didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to,” Patterson said. “It wasn’t what they wanted, but they didn’t care. They played because they played. That’s why you ended up having the team you had in 2014.”
Both teams looked pretty bad in their losses last weekend... but at least K State was playing Oklahoma, not Kansas.
But Snyder appears focused on K-State’s next opponent, TCU.
“We have looked at what we think the issues are,” Snyder said, “we have looked at what has created those and what we might do to solve the problems where they exist. That’s what we’re in the process of doing right now.”
The Wildcats will hit the road on Saturday to take on the Horned Frogs. TCU is favored by 8, but it seems like a much friendlier matchup for K-State than what it encountered against Oklahoma.
The Horned Frogs have lost five of their last six games, including a 27-26 defeat Saturday at Kansas. Still, the Wildcats will need to improve to win.
Snyder was caught off guard by the way K-State played against Oklahoma, saying players failed to give 100 percent effort. He thought they were capable of much more.
GP has always admired Bill Snyder.
Patterson was quick to highlight the similarities between TCU and Kansas State -- similarities that extend beyond where the teams find themselves in the Big 12 standings. While both the Horned Frogs and Wildcats are merely fighting for bowl eligibility -- both at 3-5 on the year -- Patterson highlighted the tradition and family-like mentality both schools pride themselves on.
”Both very proud of the way they do it,” Patterson said. ”I know a lot of [Kansas State] players and like a lot of their players.
”People are very quick to criticize how you do things. It takes a family inside and both of those groups have them built into them.”
Collins did well in his first career start, but the Frogs still struggled to convert in the red zone.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson was impressed with the way Collins performed in his first start.
“I thought he did well. We scored 26 points,” he said.
Collins finished the game 23-of-33 for 351 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The passing yards was the most by a TCU quarterback this season and more importantly, the Frogs’ punted just two times on the day; so he was able to get a flow of the offense.
Neither team’s season has gone the way they expected.
A LOOK AT THE SERIES
• TCU leads the all-time series, 5-6, after the Horned Frogs broke a series tie with a 26-6 win last year in Manhattan.
• The series is tied, 3-3, since TCU joined the Big 12, with the road team picking up four of the six wins.
• K-State is looking for consecutive wins in Fort Worth for the first time ever.
• Last time in Fort Worth, K-State ended the regular season with a dominating 30-6 victory, a game that featured a 336-yard rushing output by the Wildcats.