The TCU secondary did its job better against Oklahoma State than against Baylor.
But the group did not have to redeem itself in coach Gary Patterson’s eyes.
“I knew they weren’t a bad secondary,” he said. “That secondary shut out Oklahoma in the fourth quarter. I mean, you’ve got to give Baylor a little credit — they got some good players, they got hot, they play well at home. Should we have made some of those plays? Yeah.”
The plays were made against Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs gave up only a 40 percent completion rate to Daxx Garman, intercepted two passes and broke up four more.
“Same coverages I was playing a week ago,” Patterson said, flashing a wry smile in the postgame press conference. “We just played them a lot better.”
Patterson said safety Derrick Kindred played his two-deep high-zone responsibility well on his interception, an example of the pass defense that resulted in no touchdowns allowed a week after Baylor’s Bryce Petty threw for six against the Horned Frogs.
“I’m proud of them,” Patterson said. “To come back, not give up a touchdown pass — a touchdown, period — shows how they were and how they play together.”
Junior receiver Josh Doctson earned praise for his maturity and work habits from Patterson after catching seven passes for 225 yards, one shy of the school record, and two touchdowns against Oklahoma State.
“Just very mature for his age,” Patterson said. “Ever since he’s gotten here, he’s run great routes. He’s blocked. Team is very important to him.”
Patterson said he learned this week that Doctson as a child was a “Bleacher Creature,” one of the fans who runs on the football field before TCU games.
“He always wanted to wear purple,” Patterson said. “Those are the kind of people you want to have on your team.”
TCU wound up ahead in time of possession, despite having the ball for only 4:37 in the first quarter and 4:42 in the second quarter Saturday.
But the 28-9 halftime lead, built on three quick strikes, soothed Patterson.
“It’s still about scoring points,” he said. “I’ll take the amount of points over 2-to-1 possession time any day of the week. But if I can have both, I’m pretty fired up. If you want to have your cake and eat it, too — I don’t get that very often.”
TCU has won time of possession only three times as it breaks in an uptempo offense.
Patterson said the coaches did talk at halftime about using clock better in the second half than in the previous game against Baylor.
The Frogs used 12:18 of the clock in the third quarter and 10:37 in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Trevone Boykin said he didn’t know, and didn’t care to know, the Oklahoma and Baylor scores before kickoff of his own game.
“I just found out after the game when I looked at my phone,” he said. “I’m pretty excited now.”
Both teams lost ahead of TCU’s kickoff versus Oklahoma State.
Patterson said he told the team the scores, although he didn’t say whether it affected their performance.
“I really didn’t try to pay attention,” Boykin said of scoreboard watching. “My main focus was Oklahoma State and being out there with the team and basically just having fun playing football.”