Patterson Wednesday Recap: 10/29

No. 7 TCU travels to No. 20 West Virginia on Saturday. TCU coach Gary Patterson discussed the game with the media on Wednesday.

TCU, fresh off their No. 7 ranking in the College Football Playoffs, travels to No. 20 West Virginia this Saturday in a Big 12 battle.

It’s the first time the Frogs have left the state of Texas for a game and only the third road game the Frogs have played all season. The Frogs have one two consecutive games since their loss to Baylor on the road.

The last time the Frogs traveled to Morgantown was in 2012 when the Frogs escaped with a 39-38 win in overtime. TCU head coach Gary Patterson said on Wednesday his team looks prepared to make the trip into the hostile environment.

“It’s hard to tell whether they’re in a business-like manner or energized,” he said. “They’re doing what they’re supposed to do.”

With the forecast predicting to be in the 40’s with a chance of rain and snow, the weather could have an impact on the outcome of the game. Patterson downplayed the impact of the weather and says his team is looking forward to playing in cooler weather.

“We’re fired up because we won’t sweat and there’s no humidity,” he said.

West Virginia has won four games in a row since a 45-33 loss to Oklahoma in week four. The Sooners were able to amass 301 yards on the ground in the win over the Mountaineers. Patterson says whoever runs the ball better on Saturday has the better shot at winning.

“They ran the ball,” he said of why Oklahoma won. “Texas Tech ran the ball on them. If it’s really raining whoever runs the ball will have the best advantage.”

If the Frogs are unable to run the ball at a consistent pace, they will turn to quarterback Trevone Boykin and his impressive group of receivers to make plays. Against Texas Tech, junior receiver Josh Doctson left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

Patterson said Doctson practiced on Wednesday in a limited role but said he expects his leading receiver to play. If not, the Frogs will turn to true freshman Emanuel Porter, who hauled in his first career touchdown last week against Texas Tech.

Patterson has praised Porter’s play since the beginning of fall camp.

“Emanuel keeps getting better; we thought by the middle of the season he would start coming on and he’s started to come on,” Patterson said of Porter. “He had a good game last week; he runs good routes and he’s a tenacious blocker. He’s a 6-4 wideout; it will be him or Josh.”

HACKETT CLEARED

TCU learned on Sunday that starting weak safety Chris Hackett had been cleared to play in the first half against West Virginia. Hackett was ejected from the Texas Tech game in the second half due to an apparent punch. By rules, he would’ve had to sit the first half against the Mountaineers. Luckily, replays showed that Hackett did not punch a Texas Tech player.

Patterson says his safety caught a break.

“He just needs to understand, I keep telling him he’s getting in the fray and one of these days he’s going to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and it’s not even your fault,” he said. “He just was about in the fray and it wasn’t his fault but it didn’t matter. He’s just fortunate.”

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