Patterson pulls first win
by Kelly Morris
After eight months of waiting, Gary Patterson finally captured his first victory as head TCU football coach as the Frogís won Saturday 19-5 against North Texas in Denton.
Iím relieved, Patterson said. It took the bowl game and then Nebraska before finally pulling out a win. I donít care who the win is against. We could have played some church school over in Fort Worth as far as Iím concerned. Weíll take it.
Pattersonís first game as coach ended in a 28-21 loss against Southern Mississippi at the 2000 GMAC Mobile Alabama game December 20th. His second loss came at the hands of Nebraska just over one week ago.
With the win, the Frogs are now 1-1. The Mean Green are 0-1.
Senior linebacker Chad Bayer said even though Saturdayís victory wasnít the most memorable, it was still nice to get a win for Patterson.
A winís a win, Bayer said. Weíre just happy to get one especially for Coach Patterson because he deserves it more than any other coach. Heís worked hard with this team, and the team loves playing for him.
But without the play of sophomore place kicker Nick Browne, the Frogs might have been looking at their second loss of the season instead of their first win. 13 out of the 19 points TCU scored came off the foot of Browne. Besides making the extra point on TCUís only touchdown in the first quarter, Browne tied the TCU record for field goals in a game with four.
Saturdayís victory wasnít the only win for Browne this weekend. Browne, who is also a member of the menís soccer team, played in the 3-1 victory against Vanderbilt Friday in Nashville, TN. He will rejoin the soccer team today as they play its second game of the season against Belmont.
Despite balancing both sports, Browne said he was pleased to contribute in the game like he did.
I felt pretty good considering I had the (soccer) game Friday, Browne said. I felt my leg was strong. Itís a Catch-22 though because you always want to get chances for the field goals, but then again you always want the offense to put the ball in the end zone.
Patterson said Browne was a crucial part in the victory.The guy was great, Patterson said. He kicks soccer goals during the day, and then field goals at night. We flew him in this morning, and he was with us all day. He will go back and play soccer Sunday.
And if the Frogs want to continue winning, Patterson said the team has to work on its offense.
North Texas played really physical, Patterson said. We were fortunate to play in the red zone to allow North Texas to only come away with three points. On offense, thereís only one way to get an offensive line better and thatís to make blocks and drive and run the football. The second part is you have to able to get in the middle and start throwing the ball better.
The Frogs next game will be 6 p.m. Saturday against Southern Methodist in Dallas.
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