The 12th-ranked Horned Frogs are at UNLV Saturday. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Central with the contest televised on CBS College Sports.
Included below are excerpts from Patterson's comments to the media.
On UNLV ... "I said before the season that I believed UNLV was the most improved team in the league. This is year four for (Rebel head coach) Mike Sanford, and you can start seeing a lot more character. They're vastly improved on special teams, and they started the year really hot on offense. They've been very close the last three games. A couple of plays and it could turn out either way."
On UNLV's offense ... "They've got three or four really good wide receivers. Ryan Wolfe is unbelievable. They get the ball to him in a lot of ways. Casey Flair is a senior and Frank Summers is a big running back. Michael Johnson was a quarterback in high school who is playing wide receiver, and they have him returning punts and kicks. He's a very fast, explosive player. They're probably the most athletic personnel group we've played, offensively and defensively, since Oklahoma."
On this time of year, heading down the stretch ... "I don't know if it's the favorite part of the season, but you're always more fired up when you're playing for something. That's the best part about the end of the season. It's a lot easier to motivate your kids when they have something to play for. Basically, everything at the top of our pyramid is what we're playing for right now. That makes it a lot easier to go out and practice."
On TCU's offense this season ... "The thing that's different about our offense this year is drives. We've been able to drive the ball. The only thing that held us back early in the year was penalties. Those are things that are hard to overcome, and they were more mental instead of physical penalties. I've been excited. I saw it coming a year ago. I said before the season that I thought this offensive line could be as good as the 2005 group and I think they are, if not better. I also think our wide receivers are coming into their own, like we had during the Quentily Harmon, Michael DePriest and Cory Rodgers era. We just didn't have anybody we could go to a year ago to help a young quarterback."
On the TCU linebackers ... "It's probably the best group we've ever had. We've had a couple that have been very good, but I'd probably say this is as good as any with everything we do in our package.
On the play of linebacker Robert Henson ... "He really has become the emotional leader not only of the defense, but possibly the whole team."