By John Tranchina, AP Sports Writer
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State already has lost to a supposedly inferior opponent coming out of a bye week and is determined not to let it happen again.
Following their second break in a month, the No. 21 Cowboys (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) hope to avoid the inconsistency that plagued their 30-21 defeat at West Virginia Sept. 28 when TCU (3-3, 1-2) visits on Saturday during homecoming weekend.
But while the Horned Frogs’ record looks average, it is misleading, as they’ve already played three teams ranked in the top 25 and their stellar defense hasn’t allowed more than 20 points in a game since their season-opening loss to LSU.
“I don’t think their record exemplifies the type of team they are,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said of TCU. “They are playing real well on defense. They are trying to run the football and spread you out to throw it a little bit on offense and they have a good return game. We definitely have our work cut out for us.”
TCU coach Gary Patterson considers Oklahoma State a stiff challenge, noting that the Cowboys have also been performing well defensively, ranking 19th in the nation in yards allowed per play (4.69), while the Frogs are 18th (4.65).
“They’re playing very well on defense, they’ve been doing enough to win a lot more games than they’ve lost,” Patterson said of OSU. “A couple of plays here and there for us, and instead of us being 3-3, we could be 5-1. You’ve just got to find a way to make those five or six plays, and right now, Oklahoma State’s been able to do that in key situations and we haven’t.”¹