TCU notes: Fans take tailgate to the rails for Oklahoma game

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About 300 TCU fans rode to Saturday’s game in style.

An 11-car luxury train filled with TCU dignitaries, including Chancellor Victor Boschini and athletic director Chris Del Conte took the 3 1/2-hour train ride into Norman, arriving close to Oklahoma Memorial Stadium at around 2:30 p.m.

The train was decorated in Horned Frogs purple and included a dining car and sleeping cabins.

“It was great,” Boschini said. “Everything was decorated TCU. We had fun.”

The trip was arranged by Matt Rose, president of BNSF Railway and a member of TCU’s board of trustees.

“He arranged it for everybody and kind of did it as a treat for all of us,” Boschini said. Could there be more trains in the future?

“We’re trying to convince him of that right now,” Boschini said. “I said, ‘Can we do this to SMU? That’d be fun.’”

Defense dominates

Both teams’ defenses played outstanding Saturday, especially TCU’s, which got little help from its offense in the first half.

TCU linebacker Jonathan Anderson had a career-high eight tackles, including seven in the first half, and defensive end Terrell Lathan made his first-career start and finished with five tackles, including two for losses and a sack.

Safety Chris Hackett led the Frogs with 11 tackles. TCU had three sacks, including Mike Tuaua’s first. The Sooners had four sacks, including two by Charles Tapper.

Fields sees the field

TCU defensive end Devonte Fields, who attended Arlington Martin High School, played a little bit in the second quarter. Fields injured his foot at Texas Tech on Sept. 12 and did not play against SMU last week.

TCU coach Gary Patterson said last week that Fields would probably see a little action. Defensive end Matt Anderson did not play because of an unspecified lower body injury suffered last week, Patterson said.

“We thought he was going to play in warmups, but he just wasn’t ready,” Patterson said.

Ice helmet debut

TCU broke out its ice-styled helmet to go along with its traditional all-white uniform Saturday. It’s the first time the Frogs have used the ice helmets since the season opener against Grambling State last year.

Key stats

0First downs for TCU in the first half. The Frogs went three-and-out on their first seven possessions and finally picked up their first first down with 8:35 left in the third quarter.

27Points scored by the TCU offense in the first half through five games this season. The Frogs have been shut out in the first half twice — in the Big 12 opener at Texas Tech and Saturday at Oklahoma.

Quotable

“There is no blame game. If anyone is going to get blamed it’s going to be me.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on the Frogs’ slow start offensively.

“They kind of closed the pocket and didn’t let me get out as much. Sometimes you’re looking down the field and not seeing anybody and you tuck it and run. Great defense over there. A lot of speed over there. Credit them.” — Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell, who finished with 61 yards on 14 carries.

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