TCU coach Gary Patterson said the decision for a two-point conversion in the third quarter at Oklahoma on Saturday night was his and the offensive staff’s, but he continued to accept blame for not kicking the extra point.
The attempt failed on an incomplete pass, leaving the Horned Frogs unable to win the game by simply kicking an extra point following Emanuel Porter’s touchdown catch with 51 seconds left.
“If I had to do it over again, knowing everything I know now, no, I probably wouldn’t have done it,” Patterson said of going for two points after Aaron Green’s 26-yard touchdown run brought the Horned Frogs within 23-13 with 12:56 left in the third quarter.
If I had to do it over again, knowing everything I know now, no, I probably wouldn’t have done it.
TCU coach Gary Patterson, on going for two points in the third quarter
Patterson said TCU was trying to maximize points, considering it was a road game, OU was playing well on defense and the Horned Frogs were operating with backup quarterbacks.
“We weren’t scoring,” Patterson said. “We got loose on one run, but the key was to try to pick up as many points. That wasn’t just my decision. That was the offensive group thinking about it. Obviously, it didn’t work, and we came up one point short. ... The key was to get it down to where it was an eight-point ballgame so it was a one-score game. It didn’t turn out that way.”
Patterson was more certain about the final two-point attempt, the one that would have won the game had Bram Kohlhausen’s pass not been batted away as he tried to get it to Shaun Nixon in the end zone.
“It’s one of those things — really, he made a great play,” Patterson said of Oklahoma’s Steven Parker. “You wish he had just lobbed it over the top of him. But he made a great play. Those kind of things, we’ve done that in the past. My rule is, a lot of times, unless there’s circumstances, do it. When you go on the road, you’ve got to take ballgames. You know, we had the momentum, and it felt like we had them on their heels. We tried to finish.”
Patterson, who has won road games against West Virginia and Boise State by saying no to a tie and going for the win, said he thought Virginia Tech could have done that in its game Saturday, also. (The Hokies lost 30-27 to North Carolina in overtime after a touchdown and extra point with 1:07 left tied the game).
“They went into overtime and got beat against a really good offense,” Patterson said. “It’s easy to second-guess. You know how it is. You’re where the buck stops. It’s just got to be my fault.”