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TCU coordinators say no regrets about fourth down at Baylor

TCU quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, at practice in August, said at the Peach Bowl he wouldn’t change the fourth-down call that didn’t work at Baylor.
TCU quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, at practice in August, said at the Peach Bowl he wouldn’t change the fourth-down call that didn’t work at Baylor. Star-Telegram

Quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie said TCU called the right play on the fourth down at the end of the Baylor game.

“Best player, best play – we practice fade balls from the moment we step on the field,” he said Monday at the Peach Bowl. “Josh Doctson our best fade guy. Wouldn’t call a different play.”

Cumbie and co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham spoke to reporters Monday for the first time since the season began. Meacham, who calls the plays, said, “No,” when asked about regrets about the fourth quarter.

The offense was shut out in the final 15 minutes of the 61-58 loss.

Cumbie said the game told him, “We had to have more answers versus zero blitz. We didn’t handle that, coaching-wise, very well. We weren’t on the same page with some of our hots. We learned from that offensively.”

Cumbie said the offense pulled back in the fourth quarter and shouldn’t have.

“I feel like the one drive you’d like to have over was right when they cut it to 14. I felt like we got conservative with our calls,” he said. “I felt like we had a chance there at the end and got conservative, and we punted it back to them. That was the biggest thing: better zero plan. Last play of the game, I wouldn’t call a different play.”

Should the offense have used more of the play clock in the fourth quarter?

“No, no,” Cumbie said. “Just wishing we hadn’t gotten conservative.”

Head coach Gary Patterson did not blame the offense, instead saying he overloaded the defense with coverages. Cumbie said Patterson has been supportive.

“He’s been awesome. I know there have probably been times when he’d like to tell us to run the ball a little bit more, maybe, but he hasn’t,” Cumbie said. “He’s been great to work for. He’s so intense. I love it. It holds everyone – the coaches – accountable on a day-to-day basis.”

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407

Twitter: @calexmendez

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