Patterson talks after Wednesday practice

TCU head coach Gary Patterson spoke after Wednesday's practice saying things went "well." TCU will have its hands full with a hot Texas Tech team Saturday at 2:30 at ABC.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson says TCU will face its toughest test of the 2012 season thus far when Texas Tech comes to Amon G. Carter stadium on Saturday.

"The thing that Tech does is that they are very physical, and they can really run the ball well," Patterson said. "It will be the best football team that we have played this year."

The Red Raiders feature three tail backs that all average over 5 yards per carry on the season, and while trying to stop Tech's senior quarterback Seth Doege, the Frogs will have their hands full in the run game as well.

Patterson said after Wednesday's practice that there are some similarities between Doege and Baylor quarterback Nick Florence.

"They know their offenses; they understand their offense, and they both get the ball out of their hands," Patterson. "But the thing that they can both do that people don't realize because they throw for a lot of yards is that they are both very elusive. They both can run with the ball."

Doege lit up the West Virginia defense a week ago as he threw for 499 yards and six touchdowns.

The Red Raiders also ran the ball well against the Mountaineers as they totaled 676 yards of total offense.

Just as impressive as their offensive output was their defense's ability to slow down the high-powered West Virginia attack.

Tech's new defensive coordinator Art Kauffman has formed a defense allowing 23 less points per game than the Red Raider defense did a season ago.

"Well number one, they had 9 defensive starters returning," Patterson said. "[Kauffman] has done a good job and getting them in a place where they are ready to play. They recruited about 9 more junior college guys that came in and have helped them."

"Their staff has done a good job."

Patterson knows that his football team will have to do a good job of competing to take down a well rounded Texas Tech team that is off to a 5-1 start.

"They pose problems because of their athletes. We're going to have to compete," Patterson explained.

Tech will receive a boost if sophomore tight end Jace Amaro is able to play Saturday. He has not practiced all week due to an injury in the rib area.

Patterson said," He is 6'5, 250 pounds, and even Oklahoma struggled with him."

But TCU has a not-so-secret weapon of their own: freshman punter Ethan Perry.

Perry is averaging a Big 12 best 47.3 yards per punt (ranks 3rd nationally).

"It's really good especially when we've been averaging 32, 33 the last few years. We were almost last in the country in punt net last year," Patterson said.

"The thing we've got to do a better job of is, you can punt a long ways, but you've got to get down and you've got to cover. It worries me that we're going to give up a long return. We've got to really do a better job of covering with our gunners," Patterson said.

TCU is 18-11 versus Texas Tech all-time at home, but just 5-17-3 against the Red Raiders in Lubbock.

Another interesting note is that TCU has led in time of possession in every game so far this season.


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