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Better know the FCS receivers currently killing the TCU secondary

South Dakota State Jackrabbits wide receiver Jake Wieneke (19) scores on this pass play with 49 seconds in the second quarter.
South Dakota State Jackrabbits wide receiver Jake Wieneke (19) scores on this pass play with 49 seconds in the second quarter. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Jake Wieneke is a junior out of Maple Grove, Minnesota, who attends South Dakota State University. There are not a whole lot of reasons why you should have heard of Jake Wieneke prior to this message, but the TCU coaching staff certainly had.

But if you are a fan of TCU football, you definitely know who he is now. If you’re at the game, you’ve now heard his name at least six times over the loudspeakers. Maybe the TCU secondary has grown tired of hearing Wieneke’s name, too, as they held the junior without a catch for nearly the entire third quarter.

His first touchdown catch came with under a minute left in the first half, a 31-yard catch in the back of the end zone that gave SDSU the lead back, 24-21, and sent TCU coach Gary Patterson into fits with his safeties. And just as this blog post was being typed, as if on queue, Wieneke hauled in a 34-yard touchdown reception with four ticks left in the third that brought the Jacks to within 45-38. Patterson, again, was less than pleased on the sideline in a conversation with a group of defensive backs.

It makes one wonder, what’s the difference between a teachable moment and an eye-twitching enraged moment?

One guess: when the opponent is of the FCS variety, teachable moments come few and far between. One anticipates several learning opportunities ahead, though, in next week’s practices for the TCU secondary. Oh, to be a fly on the wall of the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice facility next week.

Wieneke’s second touchdown was set up by a pass interference over the middle on TCU safety Nick Orr, who was covering, err, trying to cover, SDSU tight end Dallas Goedert. Goedert has also been a thorn in TCU’s side, with five catches, 96 yards and a touchdown reception.

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