March 9, 2016
It doesn’t matter how good or bad the Horns are, this game always means a little more to TCU because of how many kids got passed over by the flagship university of the state. Recently, it’s been all Horned Frogs, though.
Texas leads 62-24-1. TCU has won the last three, one shy of its longest win streak from 1935 to 1938. The teams have been playing since 1897 and played every year from 1927 to 1995, the last season of the Southwest Conference. They played a non-conference game in 2007 in Austin, won 34-13 by Texas. In Big 12 meetings, TCU is 4-1. TCU’s 50-7 victory two years ago in Fort Worth marked its series-high point total. In the last three meetings, TCU has outscored Texas 129-26.
Sounds like we will have a re-focused TCU team Saturday, including the coaching staff.
“Well, No. 1, everybody’s struggled throwing the football against Iowa State,” Patterson said Monday during the Big 12 coaches conference call with reporters. “Bottom line to it, we need to put him in better situations. You can’t get inside the 5-yard line and — we probably needed to run the football. We turned the ball (over) down there. We didn’t find ways to win. It wasn’t so much Kenny’s deal as everybody’s. I think you can put the load on everybody.”
Iowa State has given up the second-fewest passing yards in the league, trailing only TCU’s league-leading defense. The Cyclones’ 10 interceptions are second-most in the league, tied with Texas and Texas Tech.
Hill entered the game not having thrown an interception in 100 pass attempts covering three games, his best stretch at TCU.
“Kenny’s fine,” Patterson said. “He probably took it as hard as anybody with the loss. It was a very quiet bus ride and plane ride home.”
Who will start under center Saturday for UT? Sounds like we might not know until game time.
Herman would love to stick with one quarterback for the remainder of the year beginning with this matchup. He also understands that type of permanence might not be in the cards this season given the glut of injuries not only at quarterback but on the offensive line. Luck is a considerable factor when it comes to continuity, and right now Herman is in desperate need of a rabbit’s foot swathed in four-leaf clovers.
“It has been hard. It’d be foolish of me to say otherwise,” Herman confessed. “I do think there is a rhythm, there is a continuity factor especially in the throw game with the receivers and timing and all of that.
“To say that we’d like one to ride out the next four games, yeah, I think that’s pretty accurate. Now is that realistic? I don’t know. Recent history tells me it’s not. But I think that would be ideal.”
There is a lot at stake Saturday for TCU, as they have a chance to take sole possession of first place in the conference with a win. Iowa State has a tricky game against WVU and OU and OSU play their annual bedlam game, where a Cowboys’ W could put TCU atop the leaderboard with just three games to play.
That leaves the one-loss Horned Frogs, Sooners and Cowboys desperate to win out and hope for some outside chaos that would open the door for a team from the Big 12 — which missed the playoff a year ago — to nab one of the four coveted postseason spots.
Things should clear up fairly quickly.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State square off next week in Stillwater in what essentially will be an elimination game for each program’s playoff hopes.
Should the Cowboys survive and then topple Iowa State on the road, they’ll be in a strong position to reach the conference title game. Oklahoma State finishes with Kansas State and Kansas at home.