Thursday, September 20, 2012
Patterson: Frogs' red zone flubs no big deal
By David Ubben
You won’t find Gary Patterson with his head in his hands at any point this week, up late trying to find a cure for the Frogs’ red zone woes.
Last week, the Frogs trekked into Kansas' red zone seven times and left with points just three times. There were three turnovers and a missed field goal. A fourth turnover came just outside the red zone in the first quarter, allowing Kansas to keep a slim lead in the Frogs' eventual 20-6 win.
"I didn’t say much. All those guys played a lot of football, the center and the quarterback and the running backs," Patterson said of his message to his team. "We’re fortunate we won a ballgame, but play like we’re supposed to. I’m not making a really big deal out of it. Those guys have played a lot of football."
He's right. Casey Pachall's a junior entering his second year as the team's starting quarterback. He threw just seven interceptions a year ago, and the Frogs lost just 14 fumbles.
Senior Matthew Tucker had 376 carries entering the season. Center James Fry, whose snap dribbled between Pachall's legs inside the 10-yard line on the opening drive, started all last season and earned spot duty in 2010, too.
"It’s not been a re-occurring thing. They didn’t do it all year last year," Patterson said. "It happened in one ballgame; they didn’t do it in the first game."
TCU had just one turnover in its season-opening win against Grambling, but it came from backup quarterback Trevone Boykin in the fourth quarter with the Frogs already sitting on a 56-0 lead.
The remedy for what ailed the Frogs against Kansas? Don't spend the week searching for a fix to a freak problem.
"For us, sometimes, those kinds of things, if you talk about them, they keep happening," Patterson said. "I just told them they need to concentrate, go about their business and act like they usually do."