Statistically, the Horned Frogs are one of the youngest and most inexperienced teams in the FBS. They’re also struggling and looking at times a little like a team that isn’t particularly deep and relies on a lot of youth to build and sustain whatever depth it has. Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State came by a 36-14 score … and that was after a 14-0 lead.
Not a good sign for a team that lost its quarterback after an arrest and has gone 1-3 since, right?
TCU center James Fry on the game:“I don’t want to admit it, but we quit. Coach Patterson mentioned we quit, and it kind of felt like felt like we did. I don’t know if we were just shocked that they came back or we just don’t know how to dig ourselves out from being in a corner. We just didn’t fight back.”
Oh, boy. That “q” word is the one no one wants to have thrown around, no matter the reality or the perception of the situation. Coach Gary Patterson hurried to the scene and dumped water on things. He explained his team is tired — and he has cut one practice short and cancelled another in the past week, but now must travel east to West Virginia.
“I don’t know what happened in the second half,” he said. “There’s not always an answer for why somebody wins or why they lose. I don’t think they quit. I watched the film. We were still throwing bodies around on defense the whole fourth quarter.
“I think there are guys who screwed up, guys got tired, and I think guys don’t know how to fight through, but I don’t think they quit. Offensively, we need to learn how to fight back. But the defense did not quit yesterday.”