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The big reason TCU’s game plan against Arkansas pleased Gary Patterson

TCU running back Sewo Olonilua steps in the end zone to finish a 1-yard scoring run against Arkansas. It was one of two touchdowns for him out of the wildcat formation Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
TCU running back Sewo Olonilua steps in the end zone to finish a 1-yard scoring run against Arkansas. It was one of two touchdowns for him out of the wildcat formation Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. AP

TCU coach Gary Patterson said the game plan against Arkansas by co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie and the offensive staff “couldn’t have worked out better.”

The Horned Frogs won time of possession, ran for four touchdowns and limited Arkansas to 54 snaps in the 28-7 victory on Saturday.

“We limited them in possession time, which they’re not used to,” Patterson said Monday on the Big 12 coaches conference call. “It keeps your defense off the field and it doesn’t allow them to game-plan you as much because they do a great job of changing things up, seeing what you’re doing.”

TCU finished the game with a 33:52 to 26:08 edge in time of possession, converting 10 of 14 third downs. Seven of the conversions came on the ground, including five third-and-ones.

TCU ranks fourth in the country in third-down conversion percentage at 67.8 percent (21 of 31).

“When you play like that, I think you have to give a lot of credit to your offense,” Patterson said. “Everybody says we didn’t score enough points, we didn’t take a lot of shots. But to beat an Arkansas, you have to play their game, you’ve got to take away possession time and shorten the ballgame and get an opportunity to get some breaks.”

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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