After starting quarterback Casey Pachall’s indefinite suspension from the football team Thursday morning, TCU featured different players than usual at Saturday’s game against Iowa State.
TCU football fan Patrick Eckelkamp said he was disappointed in the way TCU played on Saturday.
“I thought that if [the team] would have had a more competent quarterback, they probably would have won,” Eckelkamp said.
Eckelkamp said Pachall’s suspension hurt the team’s performance and Pachall would need to “get his head on straight” before returning. But Eckelkamp also said he thought Pachall would not be gone for much longer.
“I think perhaps now that TCU lost, Gary Patterson might be a little more lenient, since winning is everything,” Eckelkamp said. “I support Gary Patterson, [but] I think academics and being a good person comes first.”
Evan Wilson, a high school student from Florida visiting TCU for the game, said one of the biggest factors of TCU’s loss were fumbles from Boykin and tailback B.J. Catalon.
But despite the fumbles, Wilson said Boykin managed the offense and ultimately did his job as starting quarterback.
The Iowa State game brought in a crowd of 42,152 people including fans cheering for both teams.
Katie Drees, a freshman pre-major at TCU from Des Moines, Iowa, said she felt both teams tried their hardest despite changes to the starting lineup.
“I loved all the fans rallying behind the team,” Drees said. “I’m sure that helped them a lot.”
Head coach Gary Patterson will make a decision on Pachall's status Tuesday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.