Patterson and company not fazed by close games

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TCU head coach Gary Patterson and several players spoke about the team’s close games during the team’s weekly press conference at Amon G. Carter Stadium on Tuesday.

Patterson, along with TCU players Desmon White and Kyle Hicks, addressed the media about the close games the Horned Frogs have endured against Minnesota, SMU and Texas Tech.

“In 2005, when we won eleven ball games, I think five or six of them were by like five points or less,” Patterson said. “This is not our first rodeo of understanding you got to outlast your competition.”

Patterson said that last year’s pattern of blowout wins was unlike anything he had experienced in his time at TCU.

“We’ve always been around here (and had) close games,” Patterson said. “We really had blinders last year. It was not the norm.”

Patterson continued to preach his season-long motto of “one game at a time”.

“I think in this conference you better just get ready, because as soon as that ball kicks off every Saturday, it’s going to be an interesting Saturday, the rest of the way,” Patterson said.

Desmon White, a sophomore wide receiver from DeSoto, Texas, said the team has moved past the emotional high from Saturday’s win against Texas Tech.

“We all came back down to earth and we have a week ahead of us; you know we (are) not even looking back at Texas Tech and we’re focused,” White said. “It’s in the past and we’re worried about Texas.”

The Horned Frogs will host the Texas Longhorns in Amon G. Carter this Saturday for their homecoming game. Kick-off is set for 11 a.m. and will be a test of TCU’s ability to outlast their opponent, as Patterson puts it.