STILLWATER, Okla. — TCU coach Gary Patterson doesn’t see his Horned Frogs having the upper hand in their Big 12 opener against No. 6 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
“The only advantage that we have over Oklahoma State going into the ballgame,” Patterson said, “is that we’ve had to be in two battles and basically they’ve had only to play until halftime.”
True enough, No. 16 TCU (3-0) has been tested this season: The Horned Frogs held a slim 14-7 lead over Arkansas on Sept. 9 before scoring twice in the final minutes in a 28-7 victory. Last week in Fort Worth, TCU fell behind SMU 19-7 and led 35-29 going into the fourth quarter. They relied on 21 fourth-quarter points to come away with a 56-36 win.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, faced no such deficits, jumping out to first-quarter leads of 21-0 against Tulsa, 17-0 at South Alabama and 21-0 last week at Pittsburgh. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy agreed with one part of Patterson’s assessment — but it’s not that the Frogs are coming into this game at a disadvantage.