5 lessons from TCU's loss to Oklahoma

TCU fell to Oklahoma 24-17. Gary Patterson says his team has changed perception this season of whether it can play in the Big 12. So let's take a look at the five things we learned from Saturday's game.

After TCU's 24-17 loss to Oklahoma, let's take a look at five things we learned from Saturday's affair.

1. Officials can blow FG calls--There is replay in baseball now. The NFL reviews just about everything. You can tell exactly where a ball landed on a tennis court, but college football does not have better technology than a 55 year old official with failing eyesight looking up to tell if a field goal goes through uprights.

A new technology system to judge field goals near the top of the uprights is entirely necessary. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, TCU had a chance to make it a one possession game when Jaden Oberkrom's field goal was called no good by the officials.

Oberkrom and holder Cale Patterson both put their arms up in confusion, and head coach Gary Patterson also thought the field goal was good, but the play was not reviewable because if the ball is believed to have been higher than the uprights, the field goal cannot be reviewed.

And so the game continued, but the whole complexion of the game was changed.

"I'll look at the field goal tomorrow," Patterson said. "I won't be very happy if it was good."

2. TCU can play with anyone in Big 12--A win over Texas and a near fourth quarter comeback against Oklahoma should silence all naysayers. Under Gary Patterson, TCU will continue to devise game plans and develop players to play against top competition.

"I think perception is already changed. I think we already did that this year. We have done what we needed to do," Patterson said.

Losing only one senior on their two-deep for defense, TCU should be highly ranked a season from now.

The Frogs were 5-1 on the road this season, but just 2-4 at home with wins coming over Grambling State and Virginia.

3. Sam Carter embodies the improvement of the secondary--After the season opening loss to Baylor two years ago, Jason Verrett did not want to come out of his room on Monday morning. Sixteen months later, Verrett has a chance to be named an all-Big 12 selection at the cornerback position.

Sam Carter embodies the same type of improvement for a TCU secondary that has led the Big 12 in interceptions all season. Against some of the best passing offenses in college football, TCU relied on its secondary all season. Head coach Gary Patterson said Sam Carter is a classic example of said improvement:

"Sam Carter was 0-11 in tackling two years ago in the Baylor game, and then you watched the way the secondary has played now, drastic change. [Sam Carter] is one of our leaders. He is one of our captains. He's a gym rat, but he's here watching film on his own all the time. He's a football player that goes to school, girlfriend. That's it. That's the kind of guys we want that help you win championships.

TCU's secondary finished the season with season first in the Big 12 in passes defended (21) and was number one in the Big 12 in total defense (323.9 yards per game).

Jason Verrett was first in the Big 12 in passes defended and interceptions.

4. Patterson's use of the 4-1-6 nickel/dime package has continued to work against Big 12 competition. Since the West Virginia game, TCU has been quick to use Sam Carter or Derrick Kindred as the second linebacker.

Patterson again mentioned that Carter and Kindred played in the box as the second linebacker frequently Saturday against Oklahoma. Patterson said that package has been used to stop first down passing attacks even if it means giving up more yardage in the run game.

Oklahoma's Damien Williams carried the ball 18 times for 115 yards. In Patterson's 150 game tenure at TCU, he has allowed just 27 one hundred yard rushers.

5. Where is Pachall?--The biggest story of Spring practice will undoubtedly be the quarterback situation for the Frogs. Casey Pachall has a chance to return from rehab to fight for the starting spot, and Trevone Boykin will be back trying to keep the job he held for most of the 2012 season.

TCU's offense has hindered by the offense's inability to throw in the first half. Boykin was 5-11 for 24 yards in the first half.

He looked like a different player in the second half, and Patterson said after the game, his development will be complete when one thing happens: W-I-N.

"Fun is not about yardage. Fun is W-I-N."

Consistency in the passing game must improve for the Frogs. With all the talent TCU has at the skill positions next year, the quarterback position only needs to facilitate.

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