TCU defensive end James McFarland said the Horned Frogs have experienced an emotional lift in recent practices because of last week’s open date, combined with a 62-22 rout of Baylor in the team’s most recent contest.
The Horned Frogs (5-4, 3-3) return to action Saturday against No. 13 Oklahoma State (8-2, 6-1) in Amon G. Carter Stadium (11 a.m., FS1).
“We feel confident about where we are. We feel confident that we can finish and end the season on a good note. The sky’s the limit for us,” McFarland said during Tuesday’s news conference. “I feel that we have finally started to get to a point where we trust each other and we feel confident in our abilities. No matter who we play against, we can go out and execute and get the job done.”
That feeling, McFarland said, has been honed in recent weeks as young players have grown more comfortable with the Frogs’ offensive and defensive schemes while several injured players have returned to action.
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“The younger guys are starting to get older and gain that experience. And it’s making a difference on the field,” McFarland said.
Asked about an emotional life following the Baylor win, TCU coach Gary Patterson said: “Oh, yeah. The mood of the team and the fans. Nothing worse than going into an off week with a loss and having to think about it all the time.”