Patterson Wednesday Recap: 11/5

No.6 TCU hosts No.7 Kansas State in what is expected to be one of the biggest games ever played at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Three days from now, perhaps the most exciting game in college football will be played in Ft. Worth as No. 6 TCU hosts No. 7 Kansas State at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

The Frogs have practiced indoors the last two days due to rainy conditions and head coach Gary Patterson gave his team somewhat of a break on Wednesday as halfway through the practice he let his team practice without pads.

Patterson said eliminating contact is crucial with a game looming of such big magnitude.

“We’ve got to be able to have your legs, shoulders,” he said. “You’ve got to have everything; especially in a game like this.”

It’s been since the 2009 game versus Utah that a game has been so meaningful on the Frogs’ home turf. Patterson said his team fed off the energy from the crowd that night and it showed with a dominating 55-28 win over the Utes.

Patterson is excited for another night game with high importance.

“We haven’t had a bunch of them and the last one that really counted was in 2009 (vs. Utah),” he said. “The energy lifted us off the floor. That was the day we had (ESPN) Gameday here; it was an unbelievable experience.”

Kansas State brings in a 7-1 record and perfect 5-0 record in Big 12 play. The Wildcats are one of the most disciplined teams in the nation; turning the ball over only seven times while also leading the nation in fewest penalty yards (222).

The Wildcats are averaging 424 yards on offense per game and are led by senior quarterback Jake Waters who had thrown for 1,878 yards with 11 touchdowns to only three interceptions. Patterson said Waters’ ability to make plays with his arm and feet is similar to Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight.

The coach acknowledged that his defense struggled with Knight and Waters is another signal caller that can dictate the way a defense plays.

“He runs and he’s been making good decisions,” Patterson said of Waters. “He’s got the ability to not get sacked; he makes a lot of plays where he uses his feet to get himself outside of things and then he throws it. A lot of his bigger plays have come after a half scramble.”

Waters has one of the top receivers in the Big 12 to throw to in senior Tyler Lockett. The speedster ranks sixth in the Big 12 with 682 receiving yards. Patterson had high praise for Lockett and the Wildcats’ second leading receiver; Curry Sexton.

“I’ve felt like Lockett has been one of the most underrated receivers in the league for the last three years,” Patterson said. “Nobody seems to cover him; he’s quick, he’s smart. The other guy (Sexton) has done a great job also. They’ve both have done a great job.”

Last week, the battle to watch was TCU’s Kevin White against West Virginia’s Kevin White. TCU’s White came out with the better performance, limiting White to just three catches for 28 yards. Patterson said the defense gave him help over the top and sometimes double-teamed White, but said his senior corner is playing with the most confidence he’s had this season.

“He had a lot of things going on before he came into the season and he wasn’t mentally where he needed to be and I think he’s getting better,” he said. “I heard him say in the press conference that he felt like their confidence is back.”

Kansas State isn’t known to run up-tempo offenses as they tend to beat teams with more physicality and discipline. However, last season the Wildcats did run a faster paced offense against the Frogs but Patterson isn’t sure he’ll see the same with his own offense now running at such a high pace.

“Last year they went fast against us,” he said. “It will be interesting to see if they go fast and we have a fast offense. That doesn’t play to their makeup of things.”

Regardless of how fast Kansas State goes on offense, Patterson knows at whatever rate they better be able to stop the run.

“They’re the closest thing to a triple-option team; you better play dive quarterback and pitch all the time against them,” he said.

TEXADA STARTING, MOSLEY WILL PLAY

Against West Virginia, true freshman Torrance Mosley replaced redshirt freshman Ranthony Texada at corner in the second quarter. Mosley played the entire game once he entered; giving up one long play.

Patterson said on Wednesday that Mosley will play, but he has not earned the starting spot just yet. That’s in large part due to Texada’s practice performance this week. Patterson says both have made mistakes mostly because of their youth.

“Torrance plays the ball in the air a lot better,” Patterson said. “He’s not as fast. He still gave up one; they’re all freshmen. Everyone should have to coach them.”

BRIEFLY

Patterson said on Wednesday that he won’t release running back B.J. Catalon and receiver Deante' Gray’s status for the Kansas State game until Friday. Josh Carraway’s availability also could be a game time decision.

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