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A season of close losses ended with another one and the TCU Horned Frogs failed to reach bowl eligibility for only the third time in Gary Patterson’s 19 seasons as coach. West Virginia put a bow on the Frogs season scoring a late touchdown in a 20-17 win. I guess you could say the Frogs were just a few plays away from playing for the Big 12 Championship. Their last five of six conference losses were all by one score and a total of 27 points, including an overtime setback to Baylor and four-point defeat to Oklahoma. The two teams slated to play in the conference title game finished with identical 8-1 Big 12 ledgers. TCU’s five wins are its second-fewest since Patterson took over full time for the 2001 season.
TCU Horned Frogs Season Review
There are no participation badges in college football: you either win or you lose. It’s pretty simple really; score more points and get the victory. It doesn’t matter what else happens on the field, the only thing that counts is what’s on the scoreboard. The stats and analytics are good for evaluating players and that crap is gobbled up by broadcasters and sports writers. A coach and his staff are measured by one thing and one thing only. We could put Patterson at the top of the Coach of the Year list for almosts and what ifs.
The Frogs lost seven games this season, six of them by seven points or less. The margin in those games was 30 points. THIRTY POINTS! Two of those losses came when TCU held Baylor and West Virginia to less than 300 total yards. TCU doesn’t typically lose those games falling to 101-12 in such games under Patterson. This team was either real close to being a contender or just the unluckiest group of football players in the country. I’m going with the former.
With a little more seasoning quarterback Max Duggan could be the X-factor. There were bumps in the road for the true freshman, but Patterson stuck with him. TCU’s offense will rank in the bottom half of the Big 12 a year after scoring its fewest points of the Patterson era. For a guy that’s played the entire season you’d expect to see progress, but Duggan regressed. A week after throwing for 65 yards in a four-point loss to Oklahoma, he struggled once again going 15 of 36 for 144 yards and two interceptions in the WVU game.
The offensive struggles for the Frogs were obviously in the passing game. Duggan wasn’t the first choice to start but attrition, injuries and ineffective play left him as the guy. TCU averaged 407 yards per game with more than half that number coming via the 32nd ranked run game. And the team will have to replace leading receiver Jalen Reagor, who declared for the 2020 NFL Draft forgoing his senior season.
TCU will have additional time to prepare for next season and if history repeats itself the Frogs could be in for a banner 2020. They followed up a five-win 2004 campaign by going 11-1 the next season. They also posted 12 wins in 2014 a year after snatching just four victories.
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TCU had more yards and won the turnover battle, but as we said earlier the only thing that matters is the final score. And the Mountaineers were ahead in that column when the final gun sounded. I guess you could say the Frogs have only themselves to blame for not playing in the postseason. The 20-17 setback to WVU left them at 1-6 in one score games, and the passing game faltered again. It wasn’t just the offense, though. The Frogs committed a few senseless penalties on the final drive allowing WVU to get in position for the eventual game-winning score.
There wasn’t a lot of offense in the game with both teams limited to less than 300 yards. The Frogs tied the game midway through the opening frame on a Sewo Olonilua touchdown run. The teams traded field goals for a 10-10 tie at halftime. Reagor’s 70-yard punt return touchdown early in the third quarter put TCU up. The Mountaineers got an Evan Stanley field goal to close the gap before Jarret Doege tossed a perfect 35-yard TD pass with 2:10 left.
WVU was aided by a pair of crucial TCU penalties on the game-winning drive. There was a pass interference call on a fourth-down play and Ross Backlock was ejected for targeting on a third down pass that was incomplete. “Can’t give ballgames away. Can’t keep drives alive with personal fouls, plain and simple,” Patterson exclaimed. TCU had two more possessions but failed to get into field goal range. Duggan threw seven incomplete passes on those drives finishing 15 of 36 for 144 yards.
2019 TCU Horned Frogs Betting Schedule
||TCU vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff
||Saturday, August 31
||TCU at Purdue
||Saturday, September 14
||TCU vs. Southern Methodist
||Saturday, September 21
||TCU vs. Kansas
||Saturday, September 28
||TCU at Iowa State
||Saturday, October 5
||TCU at Kansas State
||Saturday, October 19
||TCU vs. Texas
||Saturday, October 26
||TCU at Oklahoma State
||Saturday, November 2
||TCU vs. Baylor
||Saturday, November 9
||TCU at Texas Tech
||Saturday, November 16
||TCU at Oklahoma
||Saturday, November 23
||TCU vs. West Virginia
||Saturday, November 30
The game has been played at TCU since the late 1890s and the program had its first taste of success in the 1930s. Under Francis Schmidt, the Frogs compiled a 47-5-5 record from 1929 to 1933. His successor, Dutch Meyer, took the school to its pinnacle. In 1935 the Frogs went 12-1, won the Sugar Bowl and claimed the first of their two national championships.
With the program’s lone Heisman Trophy winner Davey O’Brien at quarterback, the Frogs put a perfect season together in 1938, winning 11 games, another Sugar Bowl title and the program’s second national championship. Meyer never matched the success of the 1938 club and retired following the 1952 season with a then-record 109 victories.
Since 1995 no team has changed conferences more than TCU. The Frogs left the Southwest Conference for the WAC in 1996 and ended their five-year affiliation with a conference title. With LaDanian Tomlinson carrying the load, the Frogs ended the 2000 season 10-2 and ranked No. 21 in the country. It was their first season-ending ranking in over 40 years. Gary Patterson took over for Dennis Franchione at the end of that season and guided the program through stays in Conference USA, the Mountain West and finally the Big 12, where they’ve been a power.
TCU has had a handful of double-digit win seasons in recent years but 2018 was a clear step back. The program will aim to return to its lofty heights this year but it will be a challenge because of the issues at quarterback.
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