Maybe it was just Oklahoma State "turning up the knob," as TCU coach Gary Patterson called it, that made the Horned Frogs look like a slower team than they are in the second half Saturday.It could be that the Frogs (5-3, 2-3 in the Big 12) ran out of gas while the Cowboys refueled and motored on past, outscoring TCU 27-0 in the second half for a 36-14 win.To that end, the Frogs did not practice Sunday evening. Last week Patterson cut Wednesday's practice short.TCU plays at No. 21 West Virginia (5-2, 2-2), at 2 p.m. Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Mountaineers had a bye week after losing to Kansas State 55-14 on Oct. 20."We're a tired football team," Patterson said Sunday. "We were tired [Saturday] and I think we're still tired."Patterson wasn't sure if fatigue hit in the second half, but dismissed the idea that his team quit after OSU had clawed back to take a 16-14 lead in the third quarter."I don't know what happened in the second half," he said. "There's not always an answer for why somebody wins or why they lose. I don't think they quit. I watched the film. We were still throwing bodies around on defense the whole fourth quarter."I think there are guys who screwed up, guys got tired, and I think guys don't know how to fight through, but I don't think they quit. Offensively, we need to learn how to fight back. But the defense did not quit yesterday."Injury updateTrevone Boykin's status for West Virginia is unknown after he sustained a knee injury late against Oklahoma State.Gary Patterson declined to give any information on the extent of the freshman's injury or whether he'll be available against the Mountaineers.Patterson said offensive lineman Blaize Foltz is likely to start Saturday. Foltz sprained an ankle in the first half last week against Texas Tech and played about 15 plays against Oklahoma State.Running back Matthew Tucker did not play much in the second half Saturday because of an injury, and may not play at West Virginia, Patterson said.Brandon Carter, who was injured a month ago, did not play at Oklahoma State and Patterson said Carter is doubtful for this Saturday. There's no update on the status of defensive end Stansly Maponga, who dressed Saturday but did not play.Sandy contingencyHurricane Sandy, which is due to hit the eastern seaboard today, could affect TCU's travel to West Virginia for Saturday's game.The Horned Frogs hope to fly into Clarksburg, W.Va., on Friday afternoon and make the 40-mile bus trip north to Morgantown for their usual Friday evening walk-through of the Mountaineers' stadium.But if power outages or other weather-related issues arise, TCU may fly into Pittsburgh, which is about an hour north of Morgantown.Gary Patterson said he'd prefer to reschedule the game Dec. 8, at the end of the season, if the weather is a safety factor."I'd rather play the game at the end of the season so kids aren't missing school," he said. "I also don't want to put 200 lives at risk."Stefan Stevenson817-390-7760Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs
Rising: Safety Elisha Olabode continues to play well in the Frogs' secondary. He's tied for fourth in the Big 12 with three interceptions and leads the league with two returned for scores. He's tied for eighth in the league in passes-defended percentage. The junior was TCU's co-leader with 10 tackles against Oklahoma State and also forced a fumble.
Falling: TCU, which leads the Big 12 in penalties, and is the 20th-most penalized team in the country, had 10 for 80 yards Saturday. Oklahoma State had five for 40 yards. TCU's first penalty of the game helped prevent the Frogs from capitalizing on an Oklahoma State fumble on a kick return early. TCU took over at the OSU 46 but a false start on first down put the Frogs in a first-and-15 hole. Three plays later the Frogs punted for the first of eight times.Quotable
"I think you need to give Oklahoma State a lot of credit. They're doing some good things on defense. Trevone [Boykin] got flustered and we didn't run the ball. You go through highs and lows. It doesn't come easy. That's one of the things that Trevone learned: it doesn't come easy. Those guys turned the knob up and we didn't answer very well."
-- TCU coach Gary PattersonTCU at No. 21 West Virginia
2 p.m. Saturday, KDFW/Ch. 4