"If you were going to script a first ball game this is the way you would want to do it," Patterson said of his team's victory. "We got a chance to play a lot of players. Organization is probably the biggest thing we have to work on, especially with the second team offense. Outside of that, it's what you want to start with."
A perfect script is just about what the Frogs had. Offensively the Frogs 531 yards and held Grambling to 70 yards, the second-lowest total in the Gary Patterson era. The Tigers only mustered five first downs compared to twenty-six for the Frogs.
Patterson admitted to becoming a little emotional after the game, in which he received a football-shaped crystal that he didn't have any prior knowledge. He didn't hesitate in addressing his new status as TCU's all-time win leader.
"I want to publically thank my parents, my in-laws, people that have helped me through my life, my players and my coaches," he said. "To be here, it's really kind of amazing to be part of a new conference, new stadium and have a chance to follow a legend. To break that record is pretty neat."
He can thank true freshman Deante' Gray for creating a spark for the Frogs most of the night.
Gray started the scoring onslaught after the Frogs defense forced Grambling to punt. The true freshman from Houston fielded the punt at his own thirty and had an electrifying 70-yard return for a score. Gray in his first ever college game broke a TCU record that stood for 65 years when he broke Lindy Berry's single game performance against Miami in 1947.
The TCU quarterbacks were equally impressive, throwing a perfect game on the night completing 17-of-17 passes for 276 yards and 4 touchdowns. It was an NCAA record for the most passes in a game without an incompletion breaking Iowa's record 12-for-12 performance against Northwestern in 2002.
Casey Pachall, who completed 9-of-9 passes for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns in one half of work threw scoring tosses of 21, 12 and 66 yards to three different receivers while Boykin completed 8-of-8 passes for 71 yards and 1 score.
"It was just one of those things where we had the right mindset coming out, we love to compete, I was happy with how we both did," Pachall said. "Our receivers and our o-line not even letting us get touched gave us confidence when we were in there."
The performance by both quarterbacks surprised Patterson considering they both looked a little rusty in pregame.
"I watched pregame and we were off and we didn't seem like we had much at all and we went and played and did the things we needed to do," Patterson said.
TCU scored on all of their first half possessions with the exception of their last drive to close the half. After Gray's touchdown return and a stingy defensive effort, the offense went on a 7-play 75-yard drive capped off by a Waymon James 1-yard run. James led the Frogs' rushing attack with 69 yards.
It took the Frogs less than a minute to add another score when free safety Elisha Olabode stepped in front of a D.J. Williams pass and returned it 28-yards to give the Frogs a three touchdown advantage.
"I just read the receiver coming in and watched the quarterback," Olabode said of his interception. "I juggled it between my legs a little bit but once I got it my teammates were telling me to go."
The Frogs defense forced yet another three and out on Grambling's ensuing drive and it didn't take long for TCU to score once again after a 2-play 67-yard drive capped off by Pachall's scoring toss to Brandon Carter.
Pachall's two touchdown tosses to Boyce ended the Frogs first half scoring.
Aside from Gray's electrifying punt return, Boykin's 34-yard scamper in the third quarter was a thing of beauty. It energized both the crowd and his team, including Pachall.
"I was so excited, I was jumping up and down," he said. "He's such a great athlete so I've know he was capable of doing that. Now, Ft. Worth is aware of that."
Despite the record and a near flawless effort from his team, Patterson says there are still plenty of good teams left on the schedule.
"There are a lot of good football teams ahead of us, we don't need to be cashing in our chips yet," Patterson finished.
12 true freshmen played for TCU on Saturday night, surpassing the previous high of 5 in 2011.
TCU improved to 78-2 when allowing 17 points or less under Patterson.
Nine of TCU's 22 starters made their first collegiate starts tonight.
Josh Boyce is now tied for the TCU career record for touchdown receptions with 17.
True freshman Devonte Fields had a team-high three tackles for loss including his first career sack.