Patterson thinks Frogs have room to improve

BY foxsports • September 24, 2012

The TCU Horned Frogs have the longest winning streak in the nation at 11 games, have outscored their opponents 113-13 this year and are ranked 14th nationally.

Just imagine how good the Frogs could be if they were playing up to their capabilities.

TCU (3-0) heads east Saturday to play SMU for the Iron Skillet. The Frogs are hoping they play the complete game against the Mustangs head coach Gary Patterson knows they are capable of, especially on offense.

"To be honest with you I haven't been very happy with our offense," Patterson said Monday. "That's in a complimentary way. I don't think we've close to lived up to our potential and what we can do. We've turned the ball over in the red zone. You can't do that if you're going to score points. We've had six (turnovers) in two games. As a group I think we've grown up. We need to play a lot better. I don't think we've come close to reaching our potential."

In Saturday's 27-7 victory over Virginia the Frogs had two turnovers, both in the red zone. Wide receiver Skye Dawson fumbled in the Virginia end zone for a touchback and quarterback Casey Pachall had an interception. Patterson also didn't like the way his team closed out the game on either side of the ball. The Frogs allowed their first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter on a drive they missed out on interception chances and a sack.

Those kinds of mistakes can't happen against SMU (1-2). While the Mustangs are 1-2, their losses are to nationally-ranked Baylor and to Texas A&M. Both of those games were still contests until the second half.

"They (the Mustangs) have a lot of speed," Patterson said. "They play completely different when they play us. They put the Skillet on their bowl games so you can throw records, you can throw everything else out. It will be like Custer going over the hill. It will be a different mindset for them when they play us."

Patterson shouldn't have to stress that point to his team much this week. The TCU senior class is 39-3 but one of those three was a 40-33 overtime loss to SMU last year. That's the last time anyone has beat the Frogs.

Patterson doesn't expect SMU to change up much for Saturday's game from what they've done so far this season and against TCU in the past. The Mustangs have a different quarterback this year in former Texas starter Garrett Gilbert, who is the older brother of TCU tight end Griffin Gilbert. But running back Zach Line that makes the Mustangs go. Line ran for 120 yards against the Frogs last year.

"June (Jones) does a good job," Patterson said. "They believe in their schemes on both sides of the ball. If you look at both the A&M and Baylor games they were both close games going into halftime."

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