NORMAN — Gary Patterson knew exactly what happened. The Texas Christian coach didn’t have to watch film to know what took place when his defense gave up a fourth quarter, 76-yard touchdown run to Oklahoma’s Brennan Clay.
The touchdown gave the Sooners a 10-point lead and essentially closed the book on the Horned Frogs’ comeback attempt. It was also a play his team should have made.
“I already know what happened,” Patterson said after TCU lost 20-17 to OU. “The mike linebacker (Jonathan Anderson) didn’t play the cut-back on a blitz we’ve run since two-a-days. His job was to play the cut-back and he ran over the top. It only got talked about in walkthrough today — final one before we got on the bus to come over. Play the cut-back. On that blitz. It’s a run blitz.”
The miscue signified the issues TCU (2-3, 0-2) had much of the night against the Sooners. It had opportunities to pull out the victory, but mistakes at inopportune times doomed their efforts.
“Missed tackles late in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line really hurt us,” senior cornerback Jason Verrett said. “We just have to better ourselves at that point.”
Those missed tackles really showed up on Oklahoma’s final drive. TCU had closed to within three points with more than two minutes left in the game. Instead of going for the onside kick, Patterson decided to let his defense get the ball for them.
However, OU quarterback Blake Bell was able to break several tackles and picked up two crucial first downs to close out the game.
“We missed four tackles,” Patterson said. “We even went back to last year. Their first third-and-one, they had not run their big set. We actually prepared for it on Thursday because I really felt just listening they were going to try something different. They came out and that’s what they ran. And we didn’t move our linebackers over like we were supposed to. At some point in time you have to be able to execute the game plan. We are getting closer every week.”