Get better week in the books, the Frogs need to show they did just that.
“You have to tackle,” Patterson said about playing against Moore. “In his case, a three-yard route could be a 70-yard [play].”
Clocking in at a 4.33 40-yard dash, Moore is a threat in the return game as well. His ability to turn any play into a big one is a key part of Purdue’s early offensive success, and TCU will need to contain him if they want to have a chance on Saturday.
To do this, the Horned Frogs will look to rely on Wallow, who had a career performance in their season opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The junior was awarded Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors last week after recording a career-high 13 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss, and a sack against the Lions.
“I just have to take on this week as I take on any other game,” Wallow said. “You have to stay focused, [you] have to be physical against them and just play our TCU football.”
Not the Frogs’ first rodeo.
Purdue’s offensive production, of course, has been bolstered by the presence of perhaps the biggest sensation in college football — the explosive Rondale Moore. The sophomore wideout ended 2018 as a consensus All-American after catching for more than 1,000 yards. In 2019 he’s already racked up 344 receiving yards.
Moore is a tough assignment, certainly. But such a hurdle is nothing new for Patterson’s defense, given the high-powered offenses the Frogs line up against weekly within the Big 12.
”We’ve played some awfully good skill set people in this league,” Patterson said. ”I mean you look at the guys at Oklahoma State, the players that we’ve played (against). It’s not going to be the first time that we’ve played somebody that’s as mobile and athletic as what Rondale is.
This is super cool.
“The game against the Rangers top prospects will be very challenging,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “It’s always a great life experience to play in a major league ballpark. We are very thankful to the Texas Rangers organization and Director of Player Development Matt Blood for including us.”
This is part of a “Futures Camp” for the Rangers that will feature about 40 players in the organization.
Collier will need to wait a week to get on the field after suffering an ankle injury in camp.
L.J. Collier, DE Seattle: Inactive for the season opener.
Andy Dalton, QB Cincinnati: He had a career day, going 35-of-51 passing for 418 yards with two TDs in the Bengals’ 21-20 loss at Seattle. That set career-highs for yards and completions.
Josh Doctson, WR Minnesota: Inactive for the season opener.
Travin Howard, LB L.A. Rams: TCU’s leading tackler in the Gary Patterson era made his NFL debut, playing one snap on defense and 22 on special teams in the Rams’ 30-27 victory at Carolina.