Wednesday Practice Report

Gary Patterson spoke to reporters following Wednesday's practice. TCU faces Oklahoma Saturday with the 11:00 a.m. kick-off to be televised on ESPN.

Gary Patterson started Wednesday's post-practice press conference saying the team he will face this weekend has been the most talented team in the Big 12 "for like the last 50 years."

Under Bob Stoops, Oklahoma is 148-36 since Stoops took over the Sooner program in 1999.

"They've been the most amazing in the last 50 years all the way back to Barry Switzer," Patterson said.

The first step to stopping the Sooners Saturday at Amon Carter stadium will be slowing down their signal caller Landry Jones.

"He's going to be drafted. He's a good football player," Patterson said. "He just broke their all-time record [for passing yards]."

"If I could take a vacation, I'd take it right now," Patterson said in jest.

"We've just got to play. That is what our job is," Patterson continued, stating the obvious. "How many games did they win last year?"

Landry Jones is 38-10 in his career as the starting quarterback of the Sooners.

"Oklahoma puts pressure on you. They make you make bad decisions because they are so fast and so talented; there is no margin for error," Patterson said.

"There is a reason why they've won. There is a reason why they could play in a BCS game. They're a better football team right now than they were six weeks ago when they got beat by Kansas State," Patterson said.

One key addition for the Sooners since that date has been wide receiver Jalen Saunders.

Saunders, a transfer from Fresno State has caught 46 passes already this season despite missing the year's first four contests.

The junior transfer has two games with double digit catches. He caught 15 passes against Notre Dame and hauled in another 10 balls this past weekend against Oklahoma State.

"Saunders has been a great addition. They've been able to move Kenny Stills outside," Patterson said.

Back-to-back wins against Texas and Oklahoma would send a loud signal to the Big 12 that TCU is a force, and Patterson knows the significance of those ball games extends beyond the field to the recruiting trail.

"It shows kids that you can play at this level," Patterson noted. "We're trying to get the kind of kids that's a good student that wants to get a degree and can help us win a national championship."

"You have to be able to play well or you have to be able to beat them for kids to believe you can do all those things. Playing close, win or not win, helps us recruit those kind of kids."


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