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TCU football notes: Stopping Baylor starts with running game

Texas may have provided a blueprint against the Baylor offense for everyone last weekend, but not necessarily TCU.

“If you want to know the truth about it, I saw similarities to what we’ve done over the last couple of years,” coach Gary Patterson said. “So I’m not sure they were the blueprint.”

Patterson’s TCU teams are 2-2 and have allowed an average of 30.5 points to Baylor’s offenses under Art Briles in four games since 2010. The Horned Frogs allowed only 10 points four years ago and 21 points two years ago, but Baylor scored 50 in 2011 and 41 last year.

TCU visits Baylor at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Texas held the Baylor offense to seven points until the fourth quarter on Saturday, eventually giving up two more scores.

“You’ve got to be able to tackle, you’ve got to be able to play the run, and you’ve got to stop them from throwing it over your head,” Patterson said.

“What people don’t understand is that Baylor runs the ball very well. You’ve got to stop that first. Texas did a good job of trying to slow that down, so we’ve got to be able to try to do the same thing.”

Patterson rant

Patterson said his rant following the Baylor loss last year sparked by a hit to the head of a receiver by former Bears safety Ahmad Dixon, was partly because of the frustration of a losing season.

“I had seen what I saw in the ballgame,” Patterson said. “Obviously, I was frustrated by the season and everything else. It is what it is. ... I’m not the most popular person in Waco, and that’s OK.’ ”

Patterson said he is fine in his personal relationship with Baylor coach Art Briles.

“I like him, I love his wife, like his family. They’re great people,” Patterson said. “TCU and Baylor have been playing for a long time. One of my good friends, Grant Teaff, was the Baylor head coach. He’s definitely a Baylor Bear. I love him to death. If life was just about what happened on the football field, it’s going to get real lonely when you get done coaching and playing.”

Injury update

Patterson said defensive tackle Davion Pierson was able to practice on Sunday, and that he and fellow defensive tackle Chucky Hunter will be available for the Baylor game.

“We’ll have everybody,” Patterson said. “We’ll have everybody on Saturday.”

Pierson and Hunter left the game against Oklahoma in the second half with leg injuries. Hunter walked off favoring his right ankle, but returned to the game. Pierson left late in the fourth quarter, also favoring an ankle, but did not return.

Freshman Chris Bradley took Pierson’s place on a fourth-and-1 stop.

Hunter said after the game there was no doubt he was going back in.

“I’m a tough little nail, man,” he said. “It’s going to take more than that to get me out.”

Boykin vs. BU

Trevone Boykin’s first win as a starting quarterback came against Baylor in 2012.

He went 22-of-30 for 261 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions and ran for 56 yards and a touchdown. The 30-22 TCU victory is Baylor’s only home loss since 2010.

“He was pretty good that night,” Briles said. “He was exceptional. He’s just continued to grow as a football player and as a quarterback. He’s definitely a catalyst for them, without question. He is a really good football player that is a very dangerous opponent.”

Boykin did not start at quarterback last year against the Bears, but he threw a touchdown pass, a 21-yarder to Ladarius Brown in the second quarter. In two games against Baylor, Boykin is 23-of-31 for 282 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions, has rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown and has caught two passes for 14 yards.

OSU game time set

TCU’s Oct. 18 home game against Oklahoma State will start at 3 p.m. and will be televised on FS1.

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