Well, for the first time in nearly 22 months, the Horned Frogs have dropped a regular-season game. It's definitely painful that it came at the hands of a former conference rival that sits just 90 or so miles from our own campus, but judging from the reaction of some Frog fans exiting Floyd Casey Stadium you'd think that we'll never experience victory again. What we should all do is congratulate Baylor on a game well played and move on.
I hope you don't think that I'm ignoring the obvious problems that our team displayed the other night. You can't just give up 50 points and 414 yards through the air and pretend that everything is right on track defensively- especially when you've still got aerial assault artists like Boise's Kellen Moore, San Diego State's Ryan Lindley, BYU's Jake Heaps and SMU's Kyle Padron (or is it JJ McDermott?) left on the schedule...and don't sleep on CSU's Pete Thomas. Patterson definitely has his work cut out for him to get his corners and young safeties ready for the rest of the season.
The good news, though, is the fight this team showed on Friday night. A majority of teams across the nation would give up if they were down 24 points without a hint of momentum headed into the 4th quarter. But this team, filled to the brim with freshmen and sophomores, pulled themselves together and darn-near pulled off what would've been one of the greatest comeback wins in college football history. Playing the largest roles in that comeback were an unproven QB who we now have a lot more confidence in and a shaky offensive line that kept that QB's jersey clean the entire night.
It will be interesting to see how this team deals with disappointing early season setback. Will they rally to win a conference championship the way they did in 2002 and 2005? Will they let the loss compound itself and enter a death-spiral like in 2004? I'm not sure it'll be either of those extremes, but there is still a lot of football to be played...starting with another tough road test against Air Force this weekend.