GP has basically let Cumbie run the show since he hired him. But he seems invested on being more invested.
It marked the first time Cumbie had called a game from the field since becoming TCU’s play-caller in 2017.
“They wanted to do that,” Patterson said. “We’ll probably talk about how we thought that went down.”
Patterson is making his presence felt more on the offensive side this season. TCU is coming off its worst scoring season of his tenure, and it’s understandable why he’s having more input.
But Patterson also doesn’t want to play “God,” and do too much on offense. He’s still calling the defense and is heavily involved in special teams.
As he said on his radio show last week, “I’m not a technical genius when it comes to offensive line play. I’m not calling plays. But the bottom line is I do know what hurts defenses and how you should attack them. That’s going to be my suggestions. But you’ve got to careful. You can’t play ‘I know everything.’
The question is, which one separates themselves in the next two weeks before Purdue?
Max Duggan, a much-hyped freshman out of Iowa, threw for 165 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, while Kansas State transfer Alex Delton had 119 yards passing a team-high 67 yards rushing in a 39-7 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Duggan, who nearly won the starting job outright after a strong preseason, completed 16 of 23, passing for one score and adding another on the ground. Delton completed under 50 percent at 10-for-22, but had success on just seven carries rushing the football.
Overall, it seems like this was a good move.
TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said the policy had to change for safety and liability reasons. No other stadium in the country that sells alcohol has an in-and-out policy.
“This was something necessary that had to come hand-in-hand with beer sales,” Donati told the Star-Telegram when beer sales were announced.
“I’m not trying to ruin your tailgate. We spend a lot of time and effort trying to ensure that our tailgaters get their money’s worth. We do give them a lot of time to experience their tailgate.”
Fans seemed lukewarm on the idea that being able to purchase beer in the stadium was a fair trade off in getting rid of the in-and-out policy.
With a win over a ranked program Sunday night, Bell is backing up his claims with results.
Of course, the goal is to win the conference and make it four straight appearances in the NCAAs. That’s the new expectation for the program.
How has the team handled it?
”I think they’ve handled it quite well,” Bell said. “They want to be challenged. They want to meet those expectations as well as exceed them. So that’s the focus now. It’s a day-to-day journey. We’re just looking to get better each day.
”They do want to do better than the team did last year and we’re pretty focused on doing so.”