Patterson acknowledged that the passing game must improve. TCU has the second fewest passing touchdowns (six) in the Big 12, and ranks sixth in pass offense (239.4 yards per game).
Duggan finished the game 14-for-23 passing for 138 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
The good news for TCU is that its next opponent, Texas Tech, has struggled against the pass all season. The Red Raiders rank last in pass defense among Big 12 teams, allowing 339.2 yards passing a game.
“To win in this league, you’ve got to be able to throw the ball down the field,” Patterson said. “We know that. We’ve been doing this awhile. You have to score points, so we’ve got to do a better job this week of playing a full ballgame. Offensively, we have to do that and defensively we have to finish.”
Idk... Red Raiders can still make explosive plays through the air.
Force Tech to throw the ball
Patterson said that the key to beating Tech is to get them to throw the ball. He said that the Red Raiders had a few big runs against Oklahoma last week and the key will be to stop the run. Last year, TCU was able to cause some problems in pass protection and they are hoping to get the Red Raiders to throw the ball to continue to disrupt the passing game.
He also said that Texas Tech’s players are big and talented and quarterback Henry Colombi can scramble, as well.
Tech DC Keith Patterson knows his team has its work cut out for it.
But defensive coordinators such as Texas Tech’s Keith Patterson have to be just as concerned with the threat the TCU quarterback presents running the football. Six times in his first 17 college games, Duggan has rushed for more than 70 yards and a touchdown — all against Big 12 opponents.
“Supposedly, he’s been clocked as fast as 4.3 (in the 40-yard sprint),” Patterson said Monday. “That was one of the things that jumped out last year after that game. I remember (Tech linebacker) Jordyn Brooks telling me, ‘Man, that guy can run.’ “
Duggan passed for a career-high 323 yards and two touchdowns in the Horned Frogs’ 33-31 victory last year at Jones AT&T Stadium. But he carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards as well, including a 20-yard touchdown and another run for 26 yards. The sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa, actually had 101 positive rushing yards, less yardage deducted for three sacks and a tackle behind the line.
“He’s obviously a threat,” Patterson said, “and they do a nice job of getting into spread formations, sending people vertical and, if they’re covered, he just pulls the ball down (and runs).
“It’s pick your poison. You’ve got to pick and choose, breaking down in coverage and having someone account for him. But he definitely creates a different dynamic than a lot of the other quarterbacks, just because he eats up a lot of ground very fast.”
Getting better by the week but still a way to go.
Heading into the game the Frogs’ offensive line had given up the second-most sacks in the Big 12.
“Our O-line battled,” Duggan said. “They’ve been through a lot and I know a lot of people say a lot of things about them. But we’ve got a lot of guys up there who are warriors and they worked really, really hard. I am proud of every single one of them that got in today. They did a phenomenal job.”
TCU head coach Gary Patterson also noted the improvement following the game and noticed the difference in the team being able to protect his quarterback. During his coaches teleconference on Monday, Patterson says it’s apparent the offensive line continues to improve.
“Like I said last week, we’ve gotten better,” he said. “We’ve really gotten better the last two weeks. We moved some guys around and they’ve been playing together and competing; I think that’s the number one thing. I thought they’ve gotten better the last few weeks and we’ve got four more games for them to do so.”