In one of the most eviscerating losses by one Power Five team to another this season, TCU kicked Texas Tech around 82-27 in a Week 9 beatdown. Some suggested the shellacking was a payback for the 70 points the Red Raiders, coached then by Mike Leach, hung on Gary Patterson‘s Horned Frogs back in 2004.
According to Patterson, that simply wasn’t the case. In fact, the head coach seemed borderline embarrassed as to how Saturday’s game played out.
“We had walk-ons in the game in the fourth quarter,” Patterson said during his teleconference Monday. “It’s one of those games you can’t explain, but you know and you wish it wouldn’t have happened the way that it did. A little bit of it happened just because of flow of the first quarter, how it started so fast. It had a tendency to lend itself to get to that point one way or the other.”
Patterson had a very salient point when it came to the first quarter setting the tone for the game — especially as it pertains to his offense.
Tech scored the first and last touchdowns of that quarter en route to a 17-point opening stanza. TCU countered with three touchdowns and field goal to take a manageable, for the Red Raiders, 24-17 lead into the second quarter. The last 45 minutes, however, belonged to the Horned Frogs.
After that first 15 minutes, TCU tacked on seven more touchdowns and a trio of field goals to put an exclamation point on the waxing. Further driving home the dominance was the fact that TCU set a Big 12 record for most points scored against another conference team. And set a school record for a Big 12 game with the 55-point margin of victory. And set yet another school record with 785 yards of total offense.
Sometimes in the game of football, one side of the ball gets on a roll and there’s nothing either team can do about it.
Patterson said this past weekend was one of those times. And it had nothing to do with what happened 10 years ago.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever had those kind of conversations with anybody in my 33 years of college coaching,” he said, when asked specifically if the rout had anything to do with the 2004 Tech game. “It’s the first time I’ve really been on this end of it. … It’s a crazy game. You always need to wait. That’s why I’ve never been one of those guys who breathes easy until the last tick is off the clock. And I think it’s only going to get worse in college football because everybody is getting bigger, they’re getting faster, they’re getting stronger.”
Furniture in and around Morgantown will be on high alert this coming weekend, incidentally, as Patterson will take his rampaging and pillaging offensive show on the road to West Virginia. The College GameDay traveling circus will make its way to God’s Country as well, meaning Saturday and Sunday could, and likely will, get very interesting on multiple levels in the state.