TCU players being reminded of SMU loss 5 years ago

TCU players are being reminded this week about a loss five years

ago even though none of them were part of that game.

A week after opening the 2005 season with a victory at Oklahoma,

the Horned Frogs were a heavy favorite the next week – and lost

21-10 at SMU, their only loss that season.

While fourth-ranked TCU (3-0) has won nine of the last 10 games

in the Dallas-Fort Worth rivalry known for its unique ”Iron

Skillet” trophy, Patterson is pointing out the lone loss of that

span heading into Friday’s night’s game at SMU (2-1).

”This is the first year we don’t have somebody that was part of

that game,” Patterson said Tuesday. ”They haven’t been a part of

it, but I can tell you this much, I’ll show the celebration part of

the game on video to all of them of how it looked.”

There were DVD copies of the game sold by SMU after its big

upset.

”I guess it was a big deal,” Patterson said.

TCU is coming off a 45-10 victory last weekend over Baylor,

another instate rival the Frogs have played less often since they

were all still in the Southwest Conference together 15 years

ago.

”Second week of emotional games,” Patterson said.

While TCU played Baylor for only the third time since the SWC

ended, there has only been one season without a Frog and Pony

show.

Since 2000, TCU has beaten the Mustangs eight times by an

average margin of four touchdowns. Then there is that lone setback,

one that might have cost the Frogs a chance to be a BCS buster four

years earlier than they finally were last season.

”If we lose Friday night, nobody will remember the others, I

promise you,” Patterson said. ”Not many people around TCU have

forgotten the 2005 loss, and we’ve beaten them a few times since

then.”

SMU has won five consecutive home games, their longest stretch

since 1986. The Mustangs have won both home games this season,

including 35-21 over Washington State last weekend for their first

win over a team from a conference with an automatic BCS bid since

2000.

This is the final non-conference game for TCU, which is playing

all four of its September games in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The

Frogs opened the season with a win over Oregon State at Cowboys

Stadium, then played two home games before the 45-mile trip across

the Metroplex.

”It means a lot to us, but I think we’re more worried about

just it being the next game on the schedule,” tight end Evan

Frosch said. ”We strive to have a perfect season every year, and

we can’t have a perfect season if we don’t win the next game.”

That is what makes the game against SMU so important, more so

than the rivalry that dates back to 1915.

And for the current players, all they have known is success

against the Mustangs. TCU won 39-14 last year and in its last game

on the SMU campus won 48-7 in 2008.

What about that 2005 loss?

”It’s rarely brought up around here, especially among the

players,” safety Tejay Johnson said. ”We’re going into the last

nonconference game. We’re just focusing on getting better going

into conference play.”