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John E. Hoover: OSU, TCU face clash of styles in Big 12 opener

John E. Hoover: OSU, TCU face clash of styles in Big 12 opener

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph here in Pittsburgh, hopes to have another big game against TCU this week. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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.

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he’s now co-host of “Further Review” on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World’s lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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