TCU football players recall 3-hour delay against Texas

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Three-hour lightning delays aren’t that common. In fact, there hasn’t been a delay like the one Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium in at least 30 years.

TCU safety Chris Hackett and tight end Stephen Bryant had never been part of anything like it.

“It was different, but it wasn’t any different than going out and playing a whole different game,” Hackett said. “We were just hoping it didn’t get canceled.”

TCU coach Gary Patterson thinks it helped Texas that it was coming in with a Big 12 title still a possibility.

“It played to their advantage being 3-0 and having an opportunity to win for a conference title, to gain more by that than we did,” Patterson said Sunday. “And that’s kind of the way the ballgame went.”

Hackett said he and his teammates had a snack, listened to music and “just tried to stay focused in, stay stretched.”

He doesn’t think the long break affected the team’s momentum.

“I don’t think so. It might have played a little [bit as a factor], but as far as the long run I think we were as focused as when it started.”

Pierson, Hunter to play

Defensive tackle Davion Pierson is expected to play against West Virginia, Gary Patterson said. Pierson did not play against Texas after leaving the Oklahoma State game with a foot injury.

Defensive tackle Chucky Hunter, who was injured against Texas, is also expected to play.

O-line changes permanent?

Eric Tausch will likely remain at center against West Virginia, Gary Patterson said. Tausch replaced Joey Hunt at center against Texas as Hunt moved to right guard.

The moves not only improved the snaps, but also helped improve the offensive line play. Patterson would not say whether the changes will remain in effect for the final four games.

Verrett honored

Cornerback Jason Verrett was selected a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which honors the nation’s top defensive back.

Verrett leads the Big 12 and is third nationally with 1.8 passes defended per game. The preseason All-American is also a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Quotable

“You have to be careful about being too aggressive against this group. They’re going to keep taking shots. This kind of offense is not one of those where you stop it, not unless you just have better players. You’ve got to manage it, you’ve got to control it and understand even though they throw the ball a lot you can’t allow them to run the football and allow them to throw it over your head.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on West Virginia’s offense

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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