Youthful Frogs remain upbeat
“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