TCU still has a chance to win the Big 12 title, but coach Gary Patterson won’t risk Trevone Boykin’s or Josh Doctson’s health for it.
If the star quarterback and receiver can play Saturday at Oklahoma, they will. If not, the Horned Frogs will try to win — and give themselves a chance to stay in the title picture — without them.
“Our kids want to win a conference title. But I don’t think you do it at the sake of playing somebody when they’re not ready to go,” Patterson said Tuesday during his weekly press conference. “You see what you’re going to have. But I think the kids are going to be more mentally ready to handle it.”
Our kids want to win a conference title. But I don’t think you do it at the sake of playing somebody when they’re not ready to go.
TCU coach Gary Patterson
Patterson said Boykin needs to practice only Thursday and Friday as he recovers from the ankle injury he suffered on the second play of the game Saturday against Kansas, causing him to miss the second, third and fourth quarters.
Doctson, a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, will again see a specialist for his wrist injury, as he and the team try to decide whether he can be effective until it is “permanently” repaired, as Patterson put it.
So as the Horned Frogs go into their last two games, they don’t have much of an idea yet about the firepower they will have on offense, which is largely what has gotten them this far.
If they can beat Oklahoma and Baylor, and Oklahoma State can lose twice (to Baylor and Oklahoma), the Big 12 title will come to Fort Worth.
“Our goals are the same every year — to give the seniors the best season they can possibly have, within what you have,” Patterson said. “We’ve got some restrictions right now, through injury and everything else, that probably has limited that a little bit. But anything can happen. This group is not going to quit. They’re not going to throw in the towel. No matter what everybody thinks the odds are. We’ve had plenty of odds against us for many years, so that’s beside the point.”
This group is not going to quit. They’re not going to throw in the towel. No matter what everybody thinks the odds are. We’ve had plenty of odds against us for many years.
TCU coach Gary Patterson
Patterson is encouraged by what he saw Sunday in practice after the narrow 23-17 victory against Kansas. Now that the possibility that Boykin and Doctson can’t play has sunk in, his team has adjusted.
“I think our kids were really good Sunday as far as getting ready to go,” he said. “Somebody said we didn’t have any emotion (against Kansas). I think we had a letdown because of Senior Day. I think a little bit of hangover from Oklahoma State. As the game went on, they became more emotional, had to overcome Trevone and Doc not being in a whole lot. So we’ll be more prepared for that situation this week.”
Still, last week’s victory put the Horned Frogs at 9-1, and a lot of teams would like to have nine wins right now, Patterson said. The next victory would give TCU its sixth 10-win season in the past eight years.
“We’ve got two more games left; our expectation is to try to get to 11-1, simple as that,” Patterson said. “If you didn’t have those two guys hurt, you probably wouldn’t even ask me that question.”
TCU at Oklahoma
7 p.m. Saturday, WFAA Ch. 8