Even coach Gary Patterson wanted to shout after TCU’s upset of Oklahoma on Saturday.
But he doesn’t want anybody to see him do it.
“Am I really excited? Do I want to go out and scream? Yeah,” he said. “Yeah, I do. It may be somewhere where nobody sees me, I might. Kind of like I did at the Rose Bowl — I got away from everybody; they don’t need me to act that way.”
And he will insist he doesn’t have time to act that way, anyway. He said he planned to get to work on Baylor almost immediately after the game.
“We know we’ve got a tough October left,” he said. “Our goal is to get to be bowl-eligible first — get to six before we do anything else. This game got us to 4-0. I watch across the nation, and people make mistakes and win a game and then put too much into it, and then the next week, they just don’t show up.”
So Patterson cautioned his team not to get too excited. He half-joked with them in the locker room.
“I told them, ‘Why are you guys so excited?’ ” Patterson said. “You want to become the program you want to become, you better act like you just beat Minnesota or you beat Samford or whoever you beat. You got to go do it next week. That’s what this league is about.”
Outside of the two turnovers, Patterson said quarterback Trevone Boykin played “a tremendous game” against Oklahoma.
“I wish he had run it a couple more times early,” Patterson said. “He took a sack, which, if he had taken off, I think he could have scored. He turned the ball over a couple times, but I thought he played tremendous. The key for a quarterback is finding a way to win a big game, and he did.”
Boykin, who entered the game as one of nine players nationally who leads his team in both rushing and passing, threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 77 yards on 22 carries. The 395 combined yards was a career high.
Linebacker Paul Dawson was throwing up during the game, and the trainers were putting fluids in him.
“It was one of those things,” Patterson said. “We got through it, and finally, at the end, he did play some.”
Dawson’s interception return for a touchdown gave TCU the winning points. He said he was blitzing, but when he read the eyes of the quarterback, he stopped and leaped for the ball. It stuck to the hands of the former wide receiver.
“He threw it right at him,” Patterson said. “Good thing it wasn’t a snake.”
Patterson told his team to expect Oklahoma to try big plays early in the game.
He said he could see that in the film from the OU-Tulsa game.
“I told them, in the first 20 plays, they’re going to take about 10 shots,” Patterson said. “They’re going to try to hit home runs, knock us out of this ballgame early.”
Indeed, the Sooners did. They found Sterling Shepard on plays of 53 and 75 yards.
“They moved Shepard to the inside receiver,” Patterson said. “We had to change our coverages. Finally got a chance to slow them down a little bit.”
TCU stopped a fourth-and-1 run late in the fourth quarter and wound up allowing 3.6 yards per carry to the Sooners.
Patterson said some of it was luck.
“They do a tremendous job with their veer option,” he said. “It’s really hard to bring extra people because, if you’re not careful, the ball goes to the house. We watched it against everybody they played against. We had to play some games against them on which side we were going to come from.
“We got lucky. They made it on one third-and-short before that on that drive. We got the stop this time.”
Top 10 Frogs
TCU leaped into the AP top 10 on Sunday to set up a matchup of highly ranked teams when the Horned Frogs visit Baylor on Saturday.
|1. Florida St. (35)||5-0||1|
|2. Auburn (23)||5-0||5|
|3. Mississippi St. (2)||5-0||12|
|6. Notre Dame||5-0||9|
|8. Michigan St.||4-1||10|