Youth­ful Frogs re­main up­beat

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be­ing 9-3.

“I think we fit in, but it’s go­ing to take some time.”

TCU’s take on 7-5 was more up­beat, even though the Horned Frogs were coming off three straight Moun­tain West ti­tles and a 26-3 record from 2009-11. The Frogs played 35 fresh­men, count­ing red­shirts, mak­ing them one of the five youngest teams in the coun­try.

“Ide­ally, I would have liked to come into the league with an older team,” coach Gary Pat­ter­son said. “But we were com­pet­i­tive in ev­ery game. We won four Big 12 road games, only Kansas State and Ok­la­homa did that.

“When we joined the Big 12, peo­ple said we’d get eaten up by the weekto-week grind. All things con­sid­ered, I think we held up pretty well. We’ve al­ready changed some per­cep­tions about the pro­gram’s abil­ity to com­pete at this level.”

TCU was 4-0 and ranked 15th when stand­out quar­ter­back Casey Pachall left school and en­rolled in an al­co­hol and drug treat­ment fa­cil­ity. The Frogs dealt with all kinds of at­tri­tion, in­clud­ing los­ing four play­ers af­ter a drug bust.

“It’s been a long sea­son, a tough sea­son, with what th­ese kids have went through,” Pat­ter­son said. “But we learned some valu­able lessons in how to play th­ese types of games. I know what it’s

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