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TCU News: “TCU looks like what Texas used to look like”

David Pollack had some kind words for the Horned Frogs.

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TCU football has been giving up big plays in bunches. Gary Patterson says it’s on him. | The Star-Telegram

Big play bug...

For Patterson, it starts with containing the rushing attack. ISU rushed for 212 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry, while Texas averaged 6.3 yards per carry (152 yards on 24 carries).

“In the run plays, I’ve got to give them more help as far as leverages,” Patterson said. “Hopefully we’ll do a better job of that this week in fixing some of those things. … As far as the run game is concerned, which is where we’ve been hurt the most which is a Cardinal sin, I just have to do a better job. We’ve just got to do a better job preparing these guys.”

TCU ranks ninth in the 10-team Big 12 early on in run defense (182 yards). The good news is Kansas State’s offensive rushing attack ranks ninth in the Big 12, but that is a little misleading.

Big 12 releases statement on ending of Texas, TCU game | 247 Sports

This wouldn’t necessarily have changed things, but it was messy none-the-less.

“After further review and in consultation with NCAA national coordinator of football officials Steve Shaw it was confirmed that the holding penalty should have resulted in the ball being moved back half-the-distance to the TCU goal, and the replay of fourth down as an untimed down to end the game,” said Burks. “We are in the process of addressing the ambiguity in the current rule raised by this play.”

The home loss for Texas pushed the Longhorns out of the Top 10 and severely threatens the Big 12’s College Football Playoff hopes this season. Texas senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger was disappointed in his team’s effort.

Pollack: TCU looks like what Texas used to look like | 247 Sports


“TCU looks like what Texas used to look like,” Pollack said on the CFP Podcast with Herbie, Pollack and Neghandi Show. “TCU finds play makers all the time, every year. Look in the NFL Draft, receivers that can scoot. Receivers making plays all over the field. Evans is going to be that next guy at running back. You can tell he’s going to be a freak, the most highly-recruited kid in TCU history at the running back spot. Gary Patterson and TCU do a better job finding skill, finding play makers. The offense for Texas looks the same. Mike Yurcich comes over and maybe they’re adjusting to the system. But I’ll tell you this, it doesn’t matter who’s there, you know Tom Herman is going to have a big input on the offense. That’s what he does. That’s what he should be. But I was blown away when I watched that game that I thought TCU had more play makers. TCU was better coached, and we’re saying that about Texas consistently year after year now.

TCU coach Gary Patterson wants more touchdowns, quarterback protection after first two games | Dallas Morning News

The o-line was better, but still has to improve.

Patterson also noted that the defense has to improve against big plays, the offense needs to score touchdowns not just field goals, and the offensive line needs to protect Duggan more.

He said the offensive line did improve from Week 1 in the run game but is not giving Duggan enough time in the pocket.

“Max is taking too many hits,” Patterson said.

This week against the Kansas State Wildcats, the Frogs are unsure who is going to be the Wildcats starting quarterback. Their typical starter, Skylar Thompson, was hurt during last week’s game but has the possibility to return this week. Daniels said the team prepares more of an offensive scheme than for just one guy.


Texas Tech Continues Road Trip at TCU |

The Frogs will look to bounce back after a tough opener at Baylor.

Texas Tech and TCU split two matches last season, with both teams winning on the other’s home floor. In the Red Raider win, Emily Hill and Brooke Kanas went off for 19 kills apiece while Caitlin Dugan followed closely behind with 14 against the Horned Frogs.

Texas Tech is coming off a split on their first road trip of the season, falling to No. 13 Iowa State, 3-1, last Friday before picking up a big five-set win over the Cyclones on Saturday. The win marked the Red Raiders’ first ranked road win since Sept. 19, 2018, when they knocked off No. 19 Baylor in Waco, Texas.