TCU coach Gary Patterson maintained his confidence in the new up-tempo offense, despite its failure to score in the last 14:29 of the 61-58 loss at Baylor on Saturday or use more of the clock with a 21-point lead.
“You’d like to have run the ball more, but then they start blitzing, and when they’re bringing one more than you can block, then you have to throw the football,” Patterson said Monday in his media conference call. “We didn’t make the plays.”
The Horned Frogs’ offense put up 485 yards, six touchdowns and three field goals but could not seal the game.
“We scored a lot of points,” Patterson said.
But TCU’s first two fourth-quarter possessions, with a lead, lasted only six and three plays and used only 2:37 and 0:58 of the clock.
The Frogs’ final fourth-quarter drive, with the score tied 58-58, ended on downs at the Baylor 45 with 1:11 left, and Baylor used the field position to drive for the winning field goal.
“Being a guy that runs the football and has been for 33 years, would I have liked to have closed the game out a little bit more? Now that it didn’t work, would I have liked to have gone ahead and punted? Yes,” Patterson said. “All of the above.”
But Patterson said he used the same philosophy against Baylor that he did against West Virginia and Boise State in years past by going for wins with a 2-point conversion.
“It had been a 4 1/2-hour ballgame,” he said. “You’re sitting in a situation where you’re going to make something happen. In this case, it didn’t work. Yeah, there are a lot of things you wish could have gotten done, but it didn’t happen that way. So now we have to move on.”
Patterson said the Sunday practice following the Baylor loss was better than the Sunday practice following the Oklahoma victory.
“In fact, probably bouncing back from this one is easier than bouncing back after a win,” Patterson said. “I’ve always said it’s harder to deal with success than failure. ... I expect them to play well. We’re back in front of our home crowd. It’s homecoming and all the things that go with that. The same thing I said in the locker room after the Oklahoma game is basically the way I treated them after the loss in the Baylor game — you can’t get too high or too low, especially playing the level of competition we’re playing.”
Patterson said he was encouraged by what he saw in the locker room.
“One thing I didn’t see last year — I didn’t see tears. And I did the other night,” he said. “This group is a lot more invested in what we want to get accomplished and where we’re trying to get. I felt really bad for them we didn’t get done what we wanted to do.”
Defending the defense
Patterson said he has not adjusted his standards for good defense, even in the era of offense and high scores.
“You do that, then you get worse,” he said. “You’ve got to keep doing what you do. You’ve got to always try to find a game plan where you can get after them, try to shut them out. If you do anything different than that, you’re giving in.”
Patterson said the credit belongs to Baylor.
“Bottom line, we played 116 plays, and we ran out of gas,” he said. “But we’ve got to get ourselves off the field, too, defensively. We were able to do that in the Oklahoma game. One game is not going to be a measuring stick for everything else you do. You had two really good defenses who gave up a lot of points.”
B.J. Catalon ranks eighth in the Big 12 in all-purpose yardage after accounting for 213 yards in rushing, receiving and returns against Baylor. He scored twice on rushes and once on a 94-yard kickoff return.
“Good. He’s doing a good job,” Patterson said, asked to describe Catalon’s work this year. “Obviously, the kickoff return was a big play for us. B.J.’s a good player. Everything he’s doing right now, we expect him to do.”
Catalon is second on the team in rushing with 288 yards and sixth in receiving with 151 yards.
Tech game time set
TCU’s Oct. 25 home game against Texas Tech will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and be televised on KDFW/Channel 4.