Duggan is earning GP’s respect — and his trust.
For coach Gary Patterson, though, it’s not the numbers that stand out with Duggan.
“The thing I like about him that you can’t teach, you can’t judge, just how much of a leader he is, a ‘don’t lose at all costs’ attitude I think he has,” Patterson said. “We tell our players, ‘It’s not the attitude of how much you like to win. It’s how much you don’t like to lose.’
“It works really well in life too. You fight not to lose more than you fight to win, you’re going to have an opportunity to stay ahead of the game. That’s one of the attitudes we try to do, you’ve got to work hard that you fight not to lose. You don’t like it. In fact, you hate losing more than you like winning. You get to the point where you do it that way, usually you have exactly what you want.”
For Duggan, it’s shown throughout the course of the year even in losses. He’s consistently fought back from slow starts.
Did you know OU’s renaissance defense was torched by one of the Big 12’s worst offenses? Did you know that OSU’s defense is better than its offense? Did you know that TCU is better than we thought?
Those are just some of the nuggets you can learn by studying Big 12 football at its core and gauging performance on what teams are commissioned to do – offenses to score, defenses to keep the opponent from scoring.
3. TCU .383: I’ll bet this number surprises you. The Big 12’s third-most efficient offense in Fort Worth? Beware, Cowboys.
In accordance with the Big 12 Conference Principles and Standards of Sportsmanship, the Conference has issued public reprimands for the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Texas Christian University for the handling of field storming incidents at the conclusion of home football contests this past Saturday. Additionally, both K-State and TCU have been levied $25,000 fines. “Our institutions have a duty to provide a safe game environment,” said Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Although the Big 12 does not currently have a policy prohibiting spectators from entering playing areas for post-game celebrations, it is of utmost importance that home game management provide adequate security measures for our student-athletes, coaches, game officials and spectators. That expectation includes providing safe passage from the playing field to the locker room, and protection of the visiting team bench area.”
Game of the week? Who would have thunk it!
GAME OF THE WEEK
TCU (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) at Oklahoma State (5-3, 2-3). The two longest-tenured coaches in the Big 12, Gary Patterson (19th season) and Mike Gundy (15th season), have freshman starting quarterbacks. The Horned Frogs and Cowboys both had lost three of their four previous games before needed wins last week that knocked other Big 12 teams out of the Top 25. TCU was in danger of falling below .500 before a 37-27 win at home against then-No. 15 Texas when Max Duggan threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 72 yards with a game-clinching TD with 1:59 left. Cowboys freshman Spencer Sanders threw for 249 yards and two TDs in a 34-27 win over then-No. 23 Iowa State. Oklahoma State holds a 4-3 series advantage since TCU joined the Big 12, though the Frogs have won the last two meetings.