TCU must improve at quarterback, Gary Patterson says

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Rising: The defense overall played its best game of the season, but the defensive line, especially, deserves kudos. The line made 11 tackles, including three apiece from Stansly Maponga, Devonte Fields and Chucky Hunter.

Falling: Add punting to the list of problems with the special teams. As in recent games, a fumbled punt reception set up the opponent for a score and kicker Jaden Oberkrom missed on a 45-yard attempt. And against Kansas State, Ethan Perry's 8-yard punt out of bounds gave the Wildcats the ball inside the TCU 20.

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10Points scored by TCU in a home game is the fewest by the Horned Frogs since a 10-9 loss to Oklahoma Sept. 12, 1998.

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"My name comes up every year. My actions have spoken for what I am." TCU coach Gary Patterson on rumors that he's a top candidate for jobs at Arkansas and Tennessee.

This week's Big 12 schedule

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m., FSSW

Oklahoma at West Virginia, 6 p.m., KFDW/4

Iowa State at Kansas, 6 p.m., FSSW

Kansas State at Baylor, 7 p.m., ESPN

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TCU gets a much-needed break in its schedule, but as coach Gary Patterson points out, it's not much of one.

The Horned Frogs (6-4, 3-4 in Big 12) have played 10 consecutive weeks after opening the season with a bye week. They'll get 10 days before meeting No. 15 Texas (8-2, 5-2) on Thanksgiving night in Austin.

"We only get an extra three days," said Patterson, who didn't know if the break comes at a good time. "I don't know. I'll tell you when we get done playing Texas."

Patterson did not give an update on quarterback Trevone Boykin's status after the redshirt freshman missed time in the second quarter with a shoulder injury in the Frogs' 23-10 loss to Kansas State. The Wildcats (10-0, 7-0) moved into the top spot of the BCS Top 25 Sunday.

"He finished the game," Patterson said of Boykin. "Collin Klein is beat up and he won a ballgame last night."

Patterson said Boykin, who completed 17 of 30 passes for a season-low 164 yards, "missed reads, missed throws."

"We have to play better at the quarterback position," he said. "He did not play very well at all. You've got to throw the ball where the coverage tells you to throw it. He did not do that yesterday. They gave us a lot of things where we could have been in a lot better situation than what we were in. Neither quarterback played very well."

Boykin and backup Matt Brown were sacked a combined six times for a loss of 42 yards.

Settling for three

TCU's decision to settle for a field goal with 6:59 remaining in the game, trailing Kansas State 23-0, set off a debate among fans and media alike. Some thought it was a wave of the white flag, an admission of giving up on winning. Others claimed the Horned Frogs were more concerned about preventing their first shutout at home since 1992, than trying to rally for a win.

Gary Patterson dismissed the notion that the Horned Frogs had accepted defeat, but did say getting on the scoreboard was a factor.

"It's fourth-and-16, you don't want to get shut out, you kick a field goal," Patterson said Sunday, characterizing it as a non-issue. "Not by anybody who knows anything about football would make anything of it. Every time we dropped back we got sacked. Are you kidding?"

In fact, quarterback Trevone Boykin had just been sacked on consecutive plays to bring up the four-and-long situation. Another reason to call for the kick? To give freshman and Arlington Martin ex Jaden Oberkrom a chance to hit a 35-yarder after missing four of his previous five attempts. The Frogs did finally get it in the end zone after recovering a fumble inside Kansas State's 40. Brandon Carter scored on a 19-yard pass with 27 seconds left in the game to make the final 23-10.

Stefan Stevenson

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