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Best time to play Baylor is at year’s end, TCU coach says

The best time for TCU to play Baylor would be at the end of the year, TCU coach Gary Patterson said.

“Everybody else gets to play a rivalry game at the end. I don’t understand why this doesn’t get moved to the end,” he said.

That’s the way it was last year — the teams played in the regular-season finale, with Baylor winning 41-38. TCU closed the previous season against Oklahoma. This year, the Frogs close against Iowa State.

Patterson said it’s helpful for both teams in a natural rivalry to play at the end of the year, because they can expend all emotion without having to worry about finding some for another game in a week.

“If this is going to become what people call a rivalry, then I don’t understand why we don’t play at the end of the year,” Patterson said. “Just like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.”

Big play defense

The Horned Frogs gave up pass plays of 53 and 75 yards last week against Oklahoma, the longest gainers against them this season.

“I told them before the ballgame, you got to survive the first 20 plays from Oklahoma,” Patterson said. “You’ve got to survive all the explosive plays. By the end of the game, we were able to get that done.”

Baylor already has pass plays this year of 89, 61 and 57 yards and leads the Big 12 in yards per completion, 15.6, behind Bryce Petty.

“You don’t ever want the ball to get thrown over your head,” cornerback Kevin White said. “We know Baylor. They rely on a lot of big plays, so we’re going to try to limit those, of course.”

Bulletin board talk

Linebacker Paul Dawson spoke confidently in postgame interviews last week about TCU’s chances the rest of the season.

It didn’t exactly thrill Patterson.

“I wasn’t real fired up; he called out half the nation — we can play anybody, we can beat anybody,” Patterson said. “That’s not typical TCU. So you probably won’t see Paul Dawson speaking anytime soon for the TCU Horned Frogs.”

Patterson was in a forgiving mood, however, for the senior linebacker, whose interception in the fourth quarter put TCU ahead for good against Oklahoma.

“He’s already gotten his get-out-of-jail-free card on that one,” Patterson said. “I understand the emotion, all of it. But we don’t need any bulletin board material.”

Just joking, right?

Patterson said he jokes with offensive players that he’ll send them to defense if they’re not doing their jobs well — especially quarterback Trevone Boykin.

“I’ve said it several times in his three years,” Patterson said. “He’s not the only person I’ve said it to. I said it to somebody else Sunday, one of the wide receivers — Deante’ Gray. He used to play corner.”

Patterson is being playful, but he does daydream about Boykin on the other side of the ball.

“He’d make a great hybrid strong safety/linebacker,” Patterson said. “Two-hundred-and-ten pounds. Runs 4.4. Can think on his feet.”


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