Patterson to fans: Relax people, I got this

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Offensive lack of yards A look at the fewest yards TCU has gained in a game since 2008: 156 at SMU, 2012 210 at Oklahoma, 2013 259 vs. LSU, 2013 274 vs. Kansas State, 2012 283 vs. BYU, 2011 291 at New Mexico, 2008 288 vs. Michigan State, 2012 BWW Bowl 299 at Texas, 2012 301 vs. Wisconsin, 2011 Rose Bowl 308 vs. Boise State, 2010 Fiesta Bowl 314 at Oklahoma, 2008

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Slow your roll. Step back from the ledge. Take a deep breath.

That’s the message, TCU fans, coming straight from coach Gary Patterson.

The Horned Frogs’ slow start, specifically the offense’s troubles, has made even the most stoic fans wither in the wind.

“The worst thing to happen is for people to panic,” Patterson said. “There’s no panic here. That doesn’t mean I’m happy. Everything goes down from the top. There needs to be a purpose if there’s things that need to change, but in the same right there’s nobody that needs to be thrown underneath the bus, either.”

Part of the angst among the TCU fan base could be partially related to the success of another private school down south. No. 15 Baylor (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) is off to a fast start with its high-powered offense running in overdrive. Patterson touched on the Bears’ success during Tuesday’s media luncheon.

“We’re in a society of instant success, especially at a private school, and you see the success Baylor is having this year,” he said. “But here’s one thing you need to understand: They’ve played all four games at home and had two off weeks, and we’ve played LSU and we’ve played Oklahoma. At the end of the season when they get done doing all that we’ll see where all the chips fall.”

Part of Patterson’s point was to remind TCU fans that Baylor started slowly a year ago before winning five of its last six games.

The bulk of the Frogs’ season remains in front of them, beginning against Kansas (2-2, 0-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU (2-3, 0-2) hopes to find an offensive spark against the Jayhawks’ defense, which is allowing 404.2 yards per game.

“We’ve started slow offensively the last three years, so we have to get out of this rut,” Patterson said. “We need to get going where we need to get going and shoot the bullets that we have.

“It doesn’t mean at the end of the year if you need to make changes you don’t make changes. We’ve come a long way here and have the expectations we have. It doesn’t have anything to do with what anybody else is saying.”

Anderson injured

TCU defensive end Matt Anderson, who started three games this season in place of Devonte Fields, will not play against Kansas and possibly could be out for the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Anderson, a junior, missed two seasons (2011-12) because of injuries to the same knee. Anderson was injured against SMU and didn’t play at Oklahoma.

Key stat

16 First-half yards for TCU at Oklahoma, the fewest for the Frogs since they were held to 33 in the first half against Texas A&M in the 2001 GalleryFurniture.com Bowl.

Quotable

“You have to start going to sleep [earlier] about Thursday. Go to bed about 9:30 or 10 p.m. to get a cycle going. Usually wake up about 6:30 [a.m.] without an alarm clock.” — TCU defensive tackle Chucky Hunter on getting used to playing 11 a.m. games.

Stefan Stevenson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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