TCU fell at the hands of number two Kansas State by a score of 23-10.
"There are no moral victories around this place," Patterson said.
That was as much momentum as TCU would get.
"If we stop and make them kick field goals if you take away the three turnovers, you take three field goals off the board," Patterson said. "It's a completely different ball game even going into that last onside kick."
The fourth largest crowd in Amon G. Carter stadium had little to cheer about.
"Everyone has been giving Kansas State their best shot," Patterson continued. "I'm not sure that was our best shot."
"But I told the kids after the ball game that they played a hell of a ball game though," Patterson said. "To know we only have one senior on the field...I'm excited about what our future is."
After a three-and-out from TCU's defense, Collin Klein orchestrated a 93 yard scoring drive that put Kansas State ahead for good with 8:14 left in the first quarter.
For all TCU's offensive inadequacies, the TCU defense came to play.
The Frog defense kept the game close for the first half as defensive ends Devonte Fields and Stansly Maponga halted the Wildcat running game.
Kansas State extended what was a 10-0 lead to 13-0 after freshman Deante Gray fumbled a punt inside his own 10 yard line.
After 30 minutes, the TCU offense had managed just 99 yards of total offense and only 41 passing yards.
The passing attack was halted as starting quarterback Trevone Boykin was injured midway through the second quarter. Boykin missed two offensive series with a shoulder injury.
Boykin was hit all night. Only the Alabama football bandwagon took more hits than the TCU quarterback.
The offensive line simply could not keep the Kansas State defensive line off the quarterback.
Boykin was sacked five times and hit more often than that.
"I was getting my quarterback killed when we were with no tight ends and trying to run the football," Patterson said. "I was trying to find a formula that would actually go down and score."
Patterson went on to say that he probably should have played backup quarterback Matt Brown more in the second half.
Trailing 23-0 at the start of the 4th quarter, Patterson opted to punt on 4th and 4 at the Kansas State 45 yard line.
And the fat lady started singing.
TCU would add a late field goal and a late touchdown from Boykin to Brandon Carter, but a Kansas State victory was never in doubt.
"This program has not forgotten how to play in big ball games," Patterson said. "Our bowl game practices and our spring practices will all be evaluated for these types of ball games."
Matthew Tucker led the TCU offense with 64 yards rushing on ten carries. B.J. Catalon added 48 yards of his own on eight attempts.
The game's leading rusher was Collin Klein who carried the ball 15 times for 77 tards while throwing for 145 yards as well.
Sixty-two of those passing yards came on one play. The TCU secondary was excellent just like the defensive line.
The TCU defense held Kansas State to their lowest offensive yardage output of the season.
The Wildcats mustered just 12 first downs and converted just 5-13 on third downs.
"There are a lot of positives that came out of tonight. We just didn't win," Patterson said.
"The crowd was awesome. Our student side was unbelievable. I can recruit to that. I had some big time recruits here that weren't committed to us, and they walk into a stadium like that and it makes a big difference," Patterson finished.
TCU will now have a week off before taking on Texas on Thanksgiving day.