TCU coach Gary Patterson wasn’t trying to give Boise State bulletin board material Tuesday during his media luncheon. In fact, he prefaced a few comments denying that was his intent. Instead, he was likely trying to give his Horned Frogs their own motivational tools by telling the media that the fifth-ranked Broncos would likely try to make a statement out of Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. showdown with the Frogs (7-2, 4-0 in the Mountain West) in Boise, Idaho.
“They need to make a statement in this ball game,” Patterson said of Boise State. “They’re not going to try to beat us; they need to try to beat us bad. We understand we’re probably going to see Kellen Moore in the last five seconds of the game; you’re going to see their No. 1 defense the whole ball game. So I’ve told my group you better roll your sleeves up and get ready to go.”
Patterson described Boise State (8-0, 3-0) in similar fashion.
“They are a roll up their sleeves and come after your tail type of football team,” Patterson said. “They don’t stop. For them to get where they need to get with this senior class of guys, with Kellen Moore, they need to try to step on the pedal. We need to understand that’s what we’re going to get when we get there. We need to be ready to get hit and throw punches right back.”
Patterson elicited laughter as he closed his media luncheon by clarifying that he did not mean players should literally throw punches. An Oregon player famously punched a Boise State player after the season opener in 2009.
-- Stefan Stevenson