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TCU morale still high despite recent struggles, Carraway says

TCU's Carraway says morale still high despite losses

TCU DE Josh Carraway says coach Gary Patterson is still pushing players and morale remains high despite consecutive losses heading into Saturday's game at No. 13 Baylor. Video by Jimmy Burch.
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TCU DE Josh Carraway says coach Gary Patterson is still pushing players and morale remains high despite consecutive losses heading into Saturday's game at No. 13 Baylor. Video by Jimmy Burch.

The TCU football team will carry its first two-game losing streak since the 2013 season into Saturday’s game at No. 13 Baylor (2:30 p.m., KDFW/Ch. 4). But recent struggles have not impacted team morale, defensive end Josh Carraway said during Tuesday’s news conference.

The Horned Frogs (4-4, 2-3 in Big 12) must win two of their remaining four games to qualify for a bowl after starting the season at No. 13 in the Associated Press’ preseason poll.

“Morale is good around here. Each week, we feel like we’re going to win,” Carraway said. “We go to practice with a smile on our face ... Everyone in the back of their heads knows when we go out there and play well, we can do really well.”

TCU has lost two games in double overtime this season, including last week’s 27-24 setback against Texas Tech. The Frogs fell to No. 12 Oklahoma by a 52-46 margin. Carraway said those close calls remind players they are capable of winning all four of their remaining games, starting Saturday in Waco against the Bears (6-1, 3-1).

“I try to keep the emotions high and keep the guys laughing. They know we’ve lost to some pretty good teams,” said Carraway, a senior who leads the team in tackles for losses (8.5). “It’s not the losing part that really affects us. That hurts, but we know we’ve lost to some really good teams.

“I feel like we’re really close. We’re about three plays in each game from being 7-1 or 8-0. We know we still haven’t played our best game as a team and there’s still time to do that. We still have hopes of winning the rest of these games. At this point, we’re just trying … to get to the best bowl game we can.”

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