If you had told Gary Patterson six months ago that TCU would be 6-1 and ranked in the top 10 by the end of October, he would have been pretty pleased.
“I’d take it,” Patterson said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “But I think we’re all surprised – not because of what we’ve done, but the first two years . . . you wouldn’t have any history to say that we could get back to that point in the Big 12 because we didn’t have any history of doing it. But we knew we had played close games the year before and we knew that we weren’t that far off and we’d have to mature and we’re going to have to have a little luck and we’d play better and we obviously changed offenses. So good things have happened to us, but usually it’s because kids have worked hard. Our kids really worked hard in the offseason to do the things they needed to do.”
TCU is averaging 50.4 points per game – best in the nation.
“For us, I had really been thinking about that offense for two seasons, but you needed to give it time,” Patterson said of instituting a more wide-open offense. “Not that it wouldn’t have come, but I think (what has) happened with (co-offensive coordinators Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham) is that it’s been about a couple things: recruiting, the way it looks on TV, how you score points. You always feel like if you get the ball last, you got an opportunity to go down and win a ball game and you grow a swagger. That’s what I wanted to be able to get done. We always kind of had that on defense, and we had it for a couple of years there going to the Fiesta Bowl and the Rose Bowl with our offense, but we hadn’t quite gotten where we wanted to be. Now I feel like we have a chance on both sides of the ball to be able to carry that.”
TCU has won two straight since losing to Baylor, 61-58, on Oct. 11. The Horned Frogs led Baylor by 21 points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hang on. They’ve won their last two games by a combined 124-36.
“I think we’ve learned from it,” Patterson said of the loss. “I think it’s helped us. I think it’s kept things in perspective, and I think it’ll help us going down the road.”
TCU, which beat Texas Tech 82-27 this past Saturday, plays at West Virginia (6-2, 4-1) Nov. 1. The Horned Frogs then host Kansas State (6-1, 4-0) on Nov. 8, play at Kansas and Texas Nov. 15 and Nov. 27, respectively, and end the season at home against Iowa State.
“For us going forward, you’ve got to be able to (stay humble) and understand that everybody you play is athletic enough (that) they can beat you,” Patterson said. “We’re going to have to be able to take it one game at a time.”