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TCU on pace for one of the highest sack totals under Patterson

TCU defensive tackle Aaron Curry makes a tackle against Kansas running back Taylor Martin in last week’s game at Lawrence. Curry had one of the Horned Frogs’ five sacks and is second on the team with 3.5.
TCU defensive tackle Aaron Curry makes a tackle against Kansas running back Taylor Martin in last week’s game at Lawrence. Curry had one of the Horned Frogs’ five sacks and is second on the team with 3.5. AP

At the halfway point, TCU has 21 sacks, a total on pace for one of the highest sack totals under coach Gary Patterson.

The Frogs finished with 45 sacks in 2002 and 43 in 2008.

TCU (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) had five last week for the second time this season. Ten players have a sack or have shared a sack.

“They’ve been letting us go, letting us have fun,” said defensive end Josh Carraway, who had sacks on back-to-back plays to back up Kansas’ last-ditch drive for a field goal. The Jayhawks had to kick from 54 yards and missed, leaving the Frogs with a 24-23 victory in Lawrence.

Carraway was TCU’s sack leader last season with nine. He leads the team this season with 4.5. Defensive tackle Aaron Curry is next with 3.5. Both are seniors.

“We’ve got a lot of older guys and a lot of guys that have more experience now,” Carraway said. “They know the flow of the game. They know how to get the quarterback a lot better.”

Patterson, speaking to reporters during the Big 12 conference call, said it was difficult to get pressure on Kansas because the ball was leaving the quarterback’s hand so quickly.

“Finally we were able to get a pass rush when they went into more of a dropback mode at the end of the ballgame,” he said. “One of the hard things about getting a pass rush right now, unless you’re just bringing pressure all the time, is you can’t get there. So you better substitute, because you’re kids are going to be tired. There’s some good skill players in the league, and there’s some good quarterbacks.”

Player of the week

Carraway was named Big 12 defensive player of the week after his three sack effort at Kansas. His sack total was the most by a single player for TCU since 2012, and his eight tackles tied his career high.

“I just felt like, as one of the leaders and as one of the captains, they’re looking at me to make a play,” he said Saturday, describing his fourth-quarter efforts. “I take that seriously. So I try to go out there, try to do my best to my abilities to make plays.”

Kickoff time

The TCU and West Virginia game on Oct. 22 in Morgantown was assigned a 2:30 p.m. kickoff, the Big 12 announced.

The game will be televised on ABC or ESPN2. It potentially shapes up as one of the top games of that week. West Virginia (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) is undefeated and ranked 20th by AP and 19th by the coaches going into this week’s game at Texas Tech.

The other kickoff times in the league for Week 8 are 11 a.m. for Oklahoma State at Kansas (FS1), 11 a.m. for Texas at Kansas State (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) and 7 p.m. for Oklahoma at Texas Tech (Fox).

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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