TCU football notes: Blown tire before Kansas game didn’t deflate Frogs

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If you needed a metaphor for how TCU’s season has gone so far, coach Gary Patterson offered up a dandy during his Tuesday media luncheon.

One of the team buses blew out a tire Saturday morning en route to Amon G. Carter Stadium to play Kansas. It forced many of the defensive players to hitch a ride in the aisles of the offensive bus and caused about a 30- to 45-minute delay getting to the stadium.

“All those things throw kids out of balance and now you’ve got to hurry up to get warmed up,” Patterson said. “They’re used to their routine.”

A small group of players who couldn’t fit on the bus rode to the stadium in the back of a pickup trick.

“It was special, I will say that,” Patterson quipped.

Pachall update

Two of the three broken bones in Casey Pachall’s non-throwing arm have healed, Patterson said. Patterson would not comment on when Pachall may return. The senior’s arm was examined Tuesday afternoon.

“Obviously, we’d like to see him do something Saturday,” he said. “They’re going to have to give me a lot better information because I’m going to make sure he’s taken care of and not in harm’s way.”

Pachall broke his arm Sept. 7 against Southeastern Louisiana. He has been working at quarterback with the scout team for three weeks and has been seen throwing before TCU’s last three games.

Patterson said the main concern is not a direct hit on the arm, but Pachall falling on it during a game.

“Its hard standing back there and not catching yourself if you’re falling to the ground,” he said.

Pachall could be ready for the Nov. 2 game against West Virginia.

Punt appreciation

Gary Patterson credited punter Ethan Perry for pinning Kansas inside the 20-yard line five times. He also boomed a 48-yard punt out of TCU’s end zone in the second quarter.

“It allows you to play a lot better defense,” Patterson said. “That’s a big deal. The punter can be an unbelievable weapon.”

Perry is last in the Big 12 with a 40.4-yard average but has placed 14 inside the 20, second-most in the league.

Quotable

“I think there are some things we have to change for us offensively and, to be honest with you, defensively as you tweak some things. But it’s very hard to do all those things in the middle of a season. You can’t do that.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson

Stefan Stevenson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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