TCU/OSU Topics: Bye Week Troubles, Rudolph Gets Into Sync, And TCU Fails To Overpower A Weak Rushing D

A few observations from Horned Frog Insider publisher Josh Harvey and video of Kyle Hicks/Denzel Johnson talking with the media.

BYE WEEK TROUBLES

For the second time this season, TCU failed to come out of a bye week with not only a victory, but a decent showing.

After beating ranked Baylor 62-22 two weeks ago, the Frogs were favorites at home against the Cowboys. The general thought was a young TCU had grown from the win over Bears and that a bye would only help their development.

Losing to Oklahoma State the way they did has Patterson scratching his head.

“We have in the past. Historically we have played well after bye weeks, but this team hasn’t,” said Patterson. “Especially on offense.”

At 5-5 TCU is still not bowl eligible, but have games against Texas and Kansas State to close out the out the season. Assuming they do hit the 6-win mark, Frog fans will likely need to worry about TCU coming out of a long break after recent results.

FAILED OPPORTUNITY BEFORE HALFTIME

The game of football is often about momentum and TCU failed to capture a big swing of momentum shortly before halftime. 

Down 10-6, the Frogs failed to convert on a fourth and goal from the 1-yard line – electing to use a Wildcat pass from running back Kyle Hicks to tight end Cole Hunt. The Frogs had three downs inside the 3-yard line to cross the goal line – they failed to accomplish it.

“We talked about not letting it hurt us,” said Patterson. “We could have went in 13-10 and I think that would made a lot of difference.”

Oklahoma State is No. 85 in the country in rush defense. Failing to run it down their throats and pick up 3-yards in three tries is a bit concerning.

MASON RUDOLPH FINDS HIS RHYTHM

After holding Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph to just 10-of-24 passes in the first half for 84-yards, the senior quarterback was a lot more effective in the second.

Needing just ten throws, Rudolph went 7-of-10 for 123 yards.

“Their coaches they were just reading all the coverage’s we had and picking up the different blitzes we had,” said senior safety Denzel Johnson.

Rudolph also multiple times escaped the pocket for rushing touchdowns in the second half.


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