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November 17, 2013
No Bowl For Frogs
The Frogs had one of their best offensive outputs of the season and fought hard until the end, but it wasn't enough as TCU came up short 33-31 against Kansas State. The Frogs fall to 4-7 on the season and will not make a bowl game for the first time since 2004. This season has been tough to watch at times, but honestly, the team just rarely got it done when it mattered most.
It is the story of the season. TCU hangs in the game and makes it tough on the opponent, but in the end, they never do quite enough to get it done. That is the exact thing that happened against Kansas State in Manhattan. The Frogs heart and fight once again took a back seat to defeat. Every week they fight, but the ball never bounces their way in the critical moments of the game.
The prime example in yesterday's game of "freak occurrences that happen to the Frogs but no other team" was in the 4th quarter when TCU was flagged for having two number two's on the field at the same time. First of all, how did none of the coaches or assistant coaches catch that Verrett and Boykin were both on the field? Patterson had mentioned Boykin returning punts earlier in the week, this has to have been something that was talked about or brought to his attention. I know it is something that could easily be over-looked, but in such a critical point in the game there has to be attention to detail. Secondly, I have always hated that two players can share a number in college football. Something needs to be done about that.
The Frogs are not going to a bowl in 2013 so the game against Baylor will be the final go around for this group. It is extremely disappointing, but things just didn't fall their way. This group has fight, heart, want-to, and any other positive thing you could say about them, but the deck was stacked against them. I still believe if TCU had a competent offensive coordinator and Casey Pachall doesn't go through everything he went through, this team could have been in the top three of the Big 12 conference.
It isn't quite time to look ahead to 2014 yet but it's getting close. We will have plenty of time to do that in the long offseason. I know a lot of TCU fans are already looking forward to what could be next season, but even after the Baylor game, we will know nothing. Frogs fan can't expect anything until Coach Patterson makes the necessary changes to the coaching staff. Unless Coach P cleans house, we will get more of the same. If new faces are brought in, hope can be revived.
As I said above, we have plenty of time to talk about 2014 in the offseason. Now it's time to focus on Baylor. As bad as TCU has been, I still think they can hang with the Bears. I am not saying it will happen, but it also wouldn't shock me.
I feel bad that this group isn't going to be able to enjoy the perks of going to a bowl game, but I also think this will be a wake-up call for the program. Everyone involved knows things have to change, we now just wait and see what those changes will be. TCU has one more game at home against a longtime rival so let's pack the Carter and Beat the Bears!