This is a fantastic write up from Colin Post on Patterson’s legacy at TCU.
In his 20 seasons as a head coach, he’s collected 177 wins, 17 bowl appearances (11 of them wins), two AP Coach of the Year Awards, and countless other honors.
In the 20 seasons prior to Patterson’s leadership, the Frogs won just 95 games and appeared in only four bowl games.
The Frogs steamrolled Louisiana Tech on Saturday night, with true freshmen scoring six touchdowns on the evening.
“The bottom line is we’ve gotten better,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “I think we’ve had addition by subtraction. I think the younger guys have all grown up. The guys in that room are so much stronger and more mature than they were in August. This younger group has grown up and done their thing and got ready to go.”
Mathis recorded nine sacks during the regular season, most in the Big 12, and 14 tackles for loss.
“Coach P has done a great job pushing me. He’s been picking on me. A lot of it is the mentality,” he said. “The coaches are really hard on me. It seems like whenever they make me mad I get real angry and that’s what makes me play hard.”
It was a horrible moment, and we send our prayers to Luke for a full recovery.
“All he kept saying is he loves his teammates,” Holtz said. “He appreciates them, the way they wrapped their arms around him, how much he loves being part of this team.”
This team needs multiple guys who are a threat to score to be on the court at the same time, and they had that Saturday. Nembhard, Miles, and Fuller all finished in double-digits for the Frogs.
TCU dominated Texas A&M 73-55 in front of about a 1,000 in attendance in a game billed as the Lone Star Showdown. But, truth be told, it was an even bigger rout than the score indicates and nothing but a letdown for the Aggies. TCU shot 52% from the field and held Texas A&M to 38.3% shooting and forced 20 Aggie turnovers, including nine in the first half.
Lauren Heard dropped 25 points in TCU’s 83-77 victory.
The Horned Frogs shot just .167 (3-18) from the field in the first quarter and trailed 18-12, but then came back to pour in shooting efforts of .714 (10-14) and .588 (10-17) in the second and third quarters, respectively, to tie the game at 61-61. TCU trailed 52-41 with 6:25 left to play in the third quarter, but the Horned Frogs used a 12-1 run to notch things up at 53-all.