The record number of fans that packed into Amon Carter Stadium for the TCU vs. Texas Tech game helped the Horned Frogs play well, said head coach Gary Patterson .”The bigger the crowd, the better we play,” Patterson said. “The players get this adrenaline that makes a difference.”
Senior safety Marvin White said having a lot of fans in the stands motivates the team to play at an even higher level.
“We need them when things go bad,” White said. “The fans keep us up.”
Former TCU wide receiver Cory Rodgers, who now plays for the San Francisco 49ers, said he likes playing in front of large crowds but tries to not let them affect his performance.
Senior offensive tackle Herb Taylor said he enjoyed seeing a full stadium, and he said he hopes the stands will be full all season.
“At the UC Davis game, you could pretty much hear crickets,” Taylor said. “It was nice to see a packed stadium Saturday.”
Taylor said the crowd energy reminded him of last season’s game against Oklahoma, and he said he hopes the strong support shown Saturday will get more people to attend football games.
“The fans were actually into the game, waving towels around and yelling,” Taylor said. “It was a great college experience, the kind of experience you just grab onto.”
After attending the game Saturday, senior finance major Jonathon Jaskot said he plans to go to more games this season because the team’s success makes them more enjoyable.
Home crowd support motivates the team, but the crowd doesn’t have a direct effect on the game’s outcome, Taylor said.
“In the end, as a team, we’re all we have, and we have to play for ourselves,” Taylor said. “But it definitely gives us a little more encouragement when we see people in the stands.”
Rodgers said the intensity of the crowd probably helped the Horned Frogs win Saturday.
“The players fed off of the fans tremendously,” Rodgers said.
Good attendance by TCU students and the Fort Worth community is important to TCU’s success this season, Rodgers said.
“You always want a big turnout, whether you’re playing at home or away,” Rodgers said. “So, if TCU could have more sellouts, then that would make the guys play even better.