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
”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
”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
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
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
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
”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.”