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September 18, 2013Apparently it's not just the TCU fans that don't feel very good about the way the Texas Tech game turned out.
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson said the team is a bit down after losing the hard-fought game they did in the matter that they did.
"They are feeling sorry for themselves. If they don't do any better they will only win one ball game and they've already done that," Patterson said. "Guys have to grow up and be what they need to be. You can't charge the officials. A couple calls go different maybe you win the ballgame, but bottom line you've got to grow up."
Patterson spoke with officials Tuesday about some of those questionable calls in last Thursday's game that has his team feeling glum. And while publicly the Big 12 said there wasn't much wrong with the officials, Patterson got a different answer
"There will be some people that will have problems and be penalized. They acknowledged some of the mistakes. There were two that everyone saw on TV, but there were 12 calls," Patterson said. "There was one that could have gone eitherway and hte play at the goal line that they went by the book on."
While those calls irked the coach, he won't put all of the blame on them.
"We have to do a better job of coaching. If we had just handed the ball off 20 times we would have had a better chance of winning," Patterson said. "But we've also got to tackle better. We've got to go straight ahead on fourth and one and can't go sideways. Both of the long touchdowns three guys missed a tackle. Plenty of blame to go around."
The coach does think his special teams unit is playing particularly well right now. But while that facet of the game is playing well, it's not spreading across the whole team.
"We ran a kick off back for a touchdown vs. LSU. We basically had two kick returns for touchdowns against Texas Tech, but one was called back," Patterson said. "There's a lot of positive things that are going on. Usually special teams are the heartbeat of how a team is. When things get tough, the tough have to get going so I haven't been fun to be around. So when I say we're not going to win more than one ballgame, I'm telling you because if they can't handle me, they aren't going to handle 90,000 in Oklahoma."
With the injury to Casey Pachall, the team needs Trevone Boykin to step up in a big way to lead the offense and that isn't really happening right now as coach said he has been "fair" so far this week. In fact the whole team has been fair. Despite, Boykin's fairness, don't expect to see Tyler Matthews' role to increase.
"The difference between this and the two-quarterback plan a couple weeks ago was that they both had played," Patterson siad. "Tyler hasn't played, but if Trey can't get it done, then maybe we'll see another option. I think (Trevone) tried to do too much in the last game. He needs to slow down and hand the ball off and throw it to the guy he needs to. He can't try and run and score all the touchdowns by himself. If he keeps it simple, he'll play a lot better."
While Boykin is the key to the offense, he gets the calls from the coaches and Patterson said there will be some shuffling among his coaches.
"Coach (Jarrett) Anderson will be moving up in the (coach's) box. That's where he was a year ago and we didn't feel like we had enough eyes up there," Patterson said. "(Curtis) Luper, (Dan) Sharp and the GAs on the sideline, we all have to do a better job."
These two weeks are helping the team get used to more than just playing the game. This time is also being used to help them get on top of their schooling and get used to playing D1 football.
"With a younger football team, we're still figuring out academics and how some guys are going to handle the grind of what we're doing," Patterson said. "We've had to straighten some kids out. We've had to figure out how we're going to class, how we're handling ourselves. People think it's just about the practice. It's about figuring everything else out too."
Having a bye week early in the season is good for the team.
"These practices turn into getting better practices. When you have two weeks to prepare for someone at the end of the year, it's more about game plan and getting after them," Patterson said. "Now it's middle drill. Good on good at first down, third down. And not necessarily is that a lot of fun. The fine line is though how in how much you go and not get them hurt or wear them out."
This week away from a game may actually be good for the teams morale.
"I think their attitude will get better. You can't just hang around for two weeks. You either get better or you get worse," Patterson said. "I'm the guy that is good at getting them mad at me so they can really rally around their anger towards me."
Patterson doesn't care what other people are saying about his team and he understands that it's still a multi-year process. While that's the case, he doesn't think it should take him croaking on the field to get them ready to play.
"This is about growing up and it's not a one-year process. Our whole thing is growing up and our recruits know what their role is moving forward and what we want to accomplish," Patterson said. "I about had a heart attack trying to drive them. I'm not about to make my wife a widow and they have to want this as much as I do."
Coach loves the way that Jason Verrett has played this year, but he's a bit banged up and is wearing a red jersey in practice this week. But he has still been out there working.
Coach wouldn't give an update to injuries to Devonte Fields and Brandon Carter, but he did say that they were at study hall today.
Tight end Griffin Gilbert had back surgery and will be out the rest of the year. He did play in less than 20 percent of the games, so he will be able to get a medical redshirt.
Coached talked about the leadership of the team briefly and how a lot of those guys are in the sophomore class with just six or so seniors playing right now.
Patterson said that James Dunbar is going to be playing mostly tackle becuase it's too much for him to rotate at tackle and guard. Jamelle Naff, John Woolridge and Brady Foltz have to step up and "somebody has to go beat somebody. Dunbar, Aviante Collins and Halapoulivaati Vaitai will be the rotation at tackle for now.