Monday, October 8, 2012

Iowa State Wrap Up.


Well, THAT'S not how it was supposed to go.

I suppose we should've been more realistic about our situation this weekend because, despite what we all wanted to believe about Trevone Boykin, poor kid was preparing to be a backup RB until Thursday morning.  Plus, no matter Boykin's abilities - which are greater than we saw on Saturday - losing an NFL caliber QB who also happened to be the only thing on the entire offense that worked with any consistency is preeeetty critical.  Hats off to Paul Rhoads because just when we thought we were going to be the ones with the advantage of running out a QB with limited film and who is exactly the opposite of our normal starter, Rhoads did the EXACT same thing by starting Jared Barnett over seriously-not-a-pornstar- Steele Jantz.  It's not exactly the same situation as Barnett was a starter for part of last season before losing the job to Jantz before the season started.  And, truth be told, outside of those 2 TD passes to Josh Lenz, Barnett was fairly average, only accumulating 58 yard.  But still, you can't argue with the 37 points he put on the board against what we THOUGHT was a good defense when you consider Iowa State came in average 24.  Are sideline benches made of Steele?  Because pretty sure Jantz will be riding his namesake for at least another week.

Going back through the game, the Frogs offense wasn't that bad.  In fact, they were quite good, out gaining Iowa State 455-350 in total yardage and had the edge on the ground and through the air.  In fact, if you go through the stats, offensively TCU was better than Iowa State in ever facet except the one that counts.  TCU dominated possession, was more efficient on third down and ran more plays.  HOWEVA, 5 turnovers, including a pick seis and numbers seven AND eight inside the 20 were ultimately the doom, and the culprits were the two new faces of the TCU offense.  Say what you will about a couple of his decisions - he missed Boyce WIDE OPEN streaking down the sidelines on one play, and the off-the-facemask INT was just a super unfortunate decision that a veteran doesn't make- but - HSO HERE - Trevone Boykin did more against that defense than Casey Pachall would've been able to.  Sure, Casey wouldn't have tossed three picks, but he also wouldn't have rushed 14 times to open up the offense when plays broke down because, in case you missed it, our offensive line is BARF.  Like, I don't know why they even break the huddle and line up on some plays because there are times where we may as well be running the swinging gate, but instead of swinging the gate closed you leave it open and let all the animals loose.  Not even an offensive backfield with Herschel Walker and Johnny Unitas could overcome that lack of protection.  After being sacked 4 times, I'm just glad Trevone escaped with his brain and his CLs, M and A.

You're the worst kind of pessimistic TCU fan if you don't think Boykin is going to get better as the season progresses and that we're doomed for a 4-8 finish.  Despite throwing a pick on his first pass as a starter - a pass that he NEVER should've been asked to make in that situation - Boykin settled in pretty well considering all that was asked of him.  He threw the ball 40 times.  FORTY!  Casey's career high is 42, the only time he's hit the 40 attempts mark.  His high this season was 32 against UVA.  That's a testament to our lack of ground game and if you include his 14 rushes, Boykin had a direct hand in 54 of the 83 offensive plays that were run.  That's not even counting plays where he pitched it, so that number might be closer to 60.  Again, that's a LOT to place on the shoulders of a guy who had 48 hours to prepare which either says the staff has a lot of faith in him, or they have no other choice.  Probably a little bit of both.  Before the game my take was that Boykin was going to make a handful of plays that Pachall couldn't make, but also a handful of plays that Pachall wouldn't make.  Through one game, I'd say the former outweighs the latter.  Just some food for thought - Boykin threw two INTs, one that went for 6, and still had asses in the seats with 5 minutes left leading what could've been an improbably TCU comeback.  Let that be what you take away from this game, not the last pass he threw in it.

Moving on, I suppose we should address the BJ Catalon situation.  Like Boykin, I'm not sure what we were supposed to expect from a guy who came into the season likely expecting to redshirt, now thrust into a starting role due to injuries, having to play behind that same offensive line teased above.  His two fumbles were brutal, but I'll take that 13 runs for 86 yards over what we've seen out of that unit since Waymon went down ANY day.  Besides that, BJ seemed to be a lot more confident in his ball security after halftime.  He's a young kid, but he's giving his best effort and he's going to be REALLY good with some reps.  Keep in mind that in the 3 games since Grambling, Catalon only had 10 combined carries for 19 yards.  Like Boykin, he's going to get better as the season progresses, partly because he has the talent, but mostly because he'll pretty much have to.

But, despite the youthful mistakes, you'd be a fool to pin Saturday's loss on the absence of Casey,  Boykin's 3 picks or BJ Catalon's butterfingers because, seriously, what the hell happened to this defense we've been bragging about?    Josh Lenz came into the game with 13 catches for 132 yards and 1 TD.  He left FW with 5 catches for 147 yards, 3 TDs AND a reverse pass for a TD.  Josh Lenz is a white receiver from Dubuque, IA with ZERO multiple TD games to his name and only one where he gained 100 yards.  So you could say Lenz' overwhelming career day is a black eye for this defense and, specifically, Kevin White.  Depending on which color you were rooting for Saturday, Lenz MAY have pushed off a bit on his first score, but still - after that happened, adjustments should've been made to not put Kevin White on an island with him.  Naturally, Lenz did it again right before the first quarter ended on a play where White was beaten so badly I have to assume he, like the rest of us, was simply looking around before the play wondering if he went to bed Friday night and woke up in Iowa... But more on the worst fanbase in collegiate sports later.

Seriously, though - what the heck, D?  Where were the Bumpas Hounds with their ears pinned back rushing the passer?  Only 1 sack?  0 listed QB hurries?  Where were leaders Kenny Cain and Stansly Maponga?  Was Jason Verrett the only player on that side of the ball interested in winning?  Is is time to give Paul Dawson and Kevion Gamble a shot?  Is Jonathan Anderson alive?  I'm just not sure.

Ok, so I'm probably being too harsh.  They only allowed 3 points off of our five turnovers, which has to be construed as a positive.  And, like I said, outside of the two boneheaded lapses in coverage by Kevin White - something you'd expect to be corrected this week in film because, if not, Terrence Williams is going to set NCAA career records for reception yards in ONE game - they played the pass very well.  But, the 152 rushing yards allowed was unexpected, as was the lack of forcing turnovers, although perhaps expectations were a bit too high after last week's free for all.  If only we could play Garrett Gilbert on a weekly basis...

However, enough empty praise and could've beens because TCU did not deserve to win that game.  Saturday just wasn't going to be that day.  But while there's plenty of blame to go around ON the field, the situation in the stands plays every bit as equal of a role.  I've only been a TCU fan since things were good, so I am by no means qualified to make comparison to the past, but situationally I would have to say that Saturday was the most disappointing atmosphere I have ever experienced at a sporting event.  There were, what, maybe 1000 Iowa State fans in the stands?  Yet, they were TEN TIMES louder than our fans.  Keep in mind, they sent back tickets from their allotment, and were confined to the upper corners of the north end zone, so things weren't exactly on their side.  It was embarrassing.  And, the weird part about it?  we HAD people there, at least for the first half.   They just refused to create a home field advantage.   Hats off to the students - they didn't fill their entire section and were overrun by ISU fans in spots, but despite it being fall break they showed up and yelled their butts off.  Everyone else, though?  PATHETIC.  The first Big 12 home game.  A 4-0, top 15 ranked team.  A young QB thrust into a starting role that needed the support of the home crowd more than any other player has needed it in quite some time.  And... nothing.

I was fortunate enough to nab a club seat for the game and can report with 100% certainty that the majority of the seat holders in that section were at the game... they just never made it outside.  This despite the fact that your seats are LITERALLY 15 steps from the bar and you can bring food and drinks outside.  Folks criticize the corporate atmosphere at Cowboys Stadium, but you know what?  I've sat in those club seats too, and when you go in during the game to grab a beer, the place is empty because everyone is in their seats, you know, WATCHING THE GAME.  And the Cowboys are GARBAGE!!  I won't lie - the club area is very nice.  There's gourmet food prepared by Tim Love - he's walking around in there and everything! - and purchasable booze at a reasonable price point even when you consider the $1500 a seat price tag.  But it's not so awesome that you don't feel the need to be part of the game.  Seriously, you're spending $1500 to spend 6 Saturdays sitting in a living room that's less comfortable than your own and you have to pay for drinks?  The recession, it's not happening in Tarrant County.

The fans bitched about the UVA game because it was too hot... apparently 50 degrees is now considered too cold.  Our fans bitch about having games a Jerry World, but maybe those climate controlled confines are more our style?  There really are no excuses.  It was a 6 point game at halftime and a 3 point game in the fourth.  When was the last time we've had that type of situation in a conference game at home?  Apparently close games are just as boring as blowouts.

Look, tailgating is fun.  Drinking beer outside is really a lot more fun than it has any right to be.  But if you're not even going to come into the game, why not just stay at home and drink in the safety of your own home?  There are comfortable chairs.  There is a controlled climate.  There is no drinking and driving.  Or, if you're just going to leave at halftime and not come back in?  Do you need a drink THAT badly and, if you do, is it really THAT much of a secret that you can sneak alcohol into an NCAA sporting venue and consume it without repercussions?  They have items SPECIFICALLY created for this situation!  Stunning.  I have another hint for everyone - TCU's tailgating isn't really THAT great unless you're able to spring for a big money spot.  When it's hot, it's REALLY hot.  When it's cold, it's REALLY cold.  When I graduated, underaged students were too terrified to even do it because TABC would corral you.  I'd just as soon sneak a flash into the stadium and mix a drink during warmups without fear of being hassled, but that's just me.

There are a lot of things beyond our control as fans that need to go right this season if we hope to compete, but fortunately this is the easiest situation to correct!  The players can only do so much when they're trying to get amped up for a big play only to look around and half the stadium be empty and the other half not paying attention.  UT is the worst, but their "come early, be loud, stay late" whatever motto is SO spot on it's dumb.  Remember in the latter days of the old stadium when we had a true homefield advantage where folks would stand up and cheer and not leave after the first quarter to go tailgate?  That needs to return.  Immediately.  If not, get ready for 75% of the stadium to be wearing red in 2 weeks and place your bets for TCU becoming the new Baylor. The situation is really that dire.  

29 comments:

JOGOFROGS2006 said...
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NEELY2006 said...

Amen to this post, specifically about the fans. I yelled my ass off through all 4 quarters and had the voice yesterday to prove it. However, half the time I felt dumb because NO ONE ELSE was yelling. One guy a few rows above me (section 403) tried to start the TCU! TCU! TCU! when ISU fans were doing their thing, and people just stared at him. SERIOUSLY?!? I bought my seats to sit my butt in, not to sell out our new stajium to a bunch of assholes. I'm already embarrassed at how many seats will be red next game. This team and GMFP deserve so much better.

Tanner said...

Tough game, and the box score looks worse.

While I agree that more fans should have been there, I think the ones that were there got into the game. You said yourself, down two touchdowns hardly anyone left (even if the coaches decided that any sense of urgency calling and relaying plays was unnecessary). They weren't crazy loud, but I can attest that the wind was knocked out of my sails after so....so many turnovers....reverse pass for a wide open ISU touchdown, and a pick six. Plus some very.....VERY questionable calls (two 15 yard penalties in one drive). Also, like you said, the defense was playing like 3 different teams Frankensteined together over the weekend, all day for ISU to pass, and no speed.

Hard not to be disappointed about the on-field product at this point in the season. Understandably, a very young team, so raise a glass to improving as the season goes on. And to a quick resolution, either way, of the CP situation so that we can all move along.

Tanner said...

I can only speak for my area, that yes it was a lack of intensity. But it was attributed to what was on the field. What was there to cheer about after that sick Boyce catch the first drive of the third? The other Tanner above me said it well, the back to back personal fouls (one called on maponga who dove in for a lose ball, and the other called on hunter after an isu played knocked him into the pile), Brown coming in the game while coaches have NO INTEREST of attempting to get in the endzone through the air and the lack of defensive pressure made it difficult stomach. We needed a turnover, we needed a touchdown, we got neither.

Rebecca said...

I totally agree about the fans. Having seen the sad state of the stands all season long on the screen and heard the excuses plenty, I have offered myself up plenty of times to come and sit in a sit, and I have several friends that would be more than happy to help. Some of us can't afford tickets, especially not to just basically burn money by not watching the game anyway. I'm starting to think the addition of the "club" area was a pretty piss-poor idea. BTW, the pathetic attempt to name the stands "Hells half acre" is laughable, especially judging by the lack of people in the stands. How about "TCU fans Half-a**ed attempt"? That sounds more true to form.

two-tons said...

There's no hope for our fan base. Win or lose big, win/lose a close one, this fan base always left their seats by half time (especially the West Side of the stadium). I've watched this time and time again since 1993. Doesn't matter what conference we were in or who we were playing.

In my opinion, there are about 15,000 to 18,000 actual fans for TCU Football. These were the fans that came out and watched TCU beat Stanford during Hurricane Ike. A significant portion or the remaining season ticket holders are more interested in padding their investment portfolio.

ISU gave back 2,000 seats in their allotment because those fans found way better seats posted on Stub Hub and other online ticket sites to sit in rather than being relegated to the upper end zone.

I agree there will be a sea of red/black for Dirt Aggie in a couple of weeks. This invasion will be tiny compared to OU at the end of the year. We will be lucky if we crack 15K in purple for our final home game of the year.

On the bright side, the fair-weather base will not renew their season tickets and those of us who stick with the team through thick and thinn will be able to apply for better seats next year.

Ryan said...

Could not agree with you more. We're probably the only school in the Big 12 where people give you weird looks for cheering loud and creating a home field advantage. If the new stadium didn't fire up the fan base, I don't know what will. At the rate things are going we'll be lucky to keep Patterson over the next few years. Sooner or later, he'll go to a school where the fans actually support the program. Absolutely pathetic...

J. Thaddeus Toad said...

This won't be popular, but they should seriously consider a no-readmittance policy at TCU- like they do at other schools. Some schools- don't even allow tailgating during the game.

J. Thaddeus Toad said...

at the SMU game, I had a lady tell me to sit down-A TCU fan, telling another TCU fan to sit down! I told her to stand up.

SnK said...

From now on when fans tell people to sit down or shut up, I think it's time to start pushing back. No reason to be courteous anymore. If you don't like loud noises and standing people, then get the fuck out of the stadium and watch from the couch.

Tanner said...

you people are crazy about the ou/tech fans taking over our stadium. This game had been circled for a long time as the low point of home games, with fall break and the lack of any fanfare, sprinkle in a no name qb and a cold front and that's what you get. Unlike the rest of you who "aren't giving up on our team," I'm not gonna give up on the fans either.

Is there a way I can get in contact with two-tons? I would like to place a very sizable wager with that individual that more than a third of our stadium will be in purple for our biggest home game of the year.

I realize we lost, but try to excuse those haughty and fair weather fans for not screaming at the top of their lungs to create "an advantage" when our freshmen quarterback is trying to communicate with his receivers on how to go down the field and win the game.

SuperSweet HornedFrog said...

i say next renovation we shrink the stadium

SnK said...

What? Nobody is saying scream when we are on offense. They never cheer under any circumstances anyway.

PurpleHaze354 said...

Couldn't agree more with all the comments about the fan base. I have relegated to north end zone in section 221. For every game so far there is a group of about 6 of us who stand and cheer through out the game. I know I had no voice after Saturday. I have watched as half or more of the west side seats remain empty during the game. Finally, Prof. Mac pointed this out in the Star-T. When they announced that there where over 46K at the Virginia game, that shows me that about 25K of them were either on the concourse or the parking lot. Or they just count the number of tickets sold. Most of those tickets can be found on Stub Hub. I will guarantee that this past weekend that we will have a "home" game because we will surely be outnumbered by the Dirt Aggie, K-State and OU fans. Maybe the crowd would not have made difference this past Saturday, but you never know. GMFP and the "kids" deserve our support. If this continues it will be welcome back to the Mountain West, because the Big 12 will expect more from its member schools.

BuckNasty said...

Our section tends to stand up the whole game, and it's only bc we're 4 rows from the top on the east side. The seats in the lower bowl on the westide are always empty. They are right behind our bench. It's fucking pathetic. I don't think a new QB or weather should be an excuse for saturday. I thought it was perfect football weather. And I thought that the fanbase would come out to see our new "no name" qb. What? So we should just expect every time we play a new QB that the stands should be less full? Lame excuse for fans not coming to the game.

VikingFrog said...

I have tickets in the west side lower bowl.

It's pathetic how many people show up down there.

I don't know what to say. I was trying to get people fired up, but when there are 12 empty seats next to you it's hard to fire up empty chairs.

Reed said...

at least our players face the east side and dont realize how pathetic the west siders are

NurseFrog31 said...

I have to say I was really disappointed with the atmosphere. The Army has kept me away from the DFW and this was the first game I'd been able to get to. I was SO PUMPED to FINALLY see the new stadium in person. I just knew enclosing it would make it louder and way more fun. The fans really let me down. I was standing and cheering the entire game and I had people around me roll their eyes and move. Not ok.
I was impressed with Boykin. He made some rookie errors but he kept us in the game IMO. Also didn't think our D was that bad except for those blown pass coverages. And BJ Catalon... I think we will see great things from him. Hopefully his rookie mistakes are behind him too.

NurseFrog31 said...

I have to say I was really disappointed with the atmosphere. The Army has kept me away from the DFW and this was the first game I'd been able to get to. I was SO PUMPED to FINALLY see the new stadium in person. I just knew enclosing it would make it louder and way more fun. The fans really let me down. I was standing and cheering the entire game and I had people around me roll their eyes and move. Not ok.
I was impressed with Boykin. He made some rookie errors but he kept us in the game IMO. Also didn't think our D was that bad except for those blown pass coverages. And BJ Catalon... I think we will see great things from him. Hopefully his rookie mistakes are behind him too.

Middle Man said...

Took my dad and future father-in-law to the game. Our season tickets are in 215 but decided to sit in the student section. Noticed a couple of things.

1) The students are complete idiots. I am all for sneaking in drinks, but after ISU first scored, some idiots threw full beers down at the ISU sidelines. Cops not only hauled their asses out but then patrolled the stands the rest of the game which made it impossible to enjoy the drinks I had with me. Thanks alot asshats. Its not funny and you look like a dipshit with your tail between your legs with FWPD drags your ass out. Not so cool now huh?

2) The fans cheer for Boykin/TCU while on offense but not on defense. Do they not teach them at frog camp that this makes no freaking sense? Also, the stupid 3rd down sign we make, how about instead of waving our hands around like fairies, we clap and scream our faces off. Everyone around me (students) did the hand sign and made no noise. So gay.

3) I dont care whats on the field, if you are a fan, you show up, you scream, clap make noise and support the team. If I was Patterson, this would be my measuring stick year. Fans dont show up, team isnt supported, I am taking me and my band of coaches elsewhere.

THEFINCH said...

whoever started the 3rd down "a ok" hand waving tradition should be shot. the only hand signal involving 3 fingers that is cool to wave is the shocker. on third down you should have both hands on either side of your mouth screaming as loud as you can for the defense to make a stop!

Chet Steadman said...

Cops were standing at the entrances of the upper deck on the east side, watching the student section to catch people making drinks during tv timeouts. They caught someone every time and escorted them out of the stadium. Glad they were able to contain that "rowdy" crowd.
There is nothing worse than the 3rd down hand sign. It reeks of Frog Camp and reminds me of the Call Me Maybe video.

Sean said...

I'd be behind any changes that keep people in the seats and loud. In particular, I think something HAS to be done about the club level seats behind our bench. That section is the worst for no-shows BY FAR. That's simply a tactical mistake on TCU's part. Hard to expect our players to stay up for the whole game if the fans with the best seats can't even do it. If people want to stay inside the club area for the food and drink, let them. But if they're not in their seats for 3/4s of the game, their season tickets should be changed to club level general admission and access to their actual seats should transfered to students who'll make the most of the great seats. Showing up for the game is a responsibility of all season ticket holders. The club level folks simply aren't living up to their responsibilities. They're not alone in that, but with better seats comes greater responsibility.

Dave said...

In memory of Section V.

That's what happens when you dissipate the crowd who is behind the noise/common sense/rowdiness of The Carter-East.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

On a football note, was anyone else horrified to see how poorly our defense handles the no huddle? YEESH. WVU might score 100

girlfrog2003 said...

Totally agree with what Rebecca said. Every week when I'm watching on TV - usually from a restaurant because I don't even have cable at home - and I see all those empty seats it makes me kind of sad. My family and me would be in them from kickoff to the end of the fourth, but can't afford $120+ for the three tickets.
If you are lucky enough to have tickets, those people have a responsibility to the team to fill up the stadium and cheer for their team!!

ATX Houston said...

I agree with almost all of the comments above. The atmosphere on the west side of the stadium is pathetic. Fans sit like bumps on a log and might put up the okay 3rd down sign -- and not even yell while doing it.

Whomever picks the music and is responsible for the general atmosphere needs to attend a couple classes across the street and get their act together... the announcer and music are so bad it's laughable. Music is one of the best ways to pump up a crowd. We can barely even hear the band on the west side -- and when you do there is a horrendous lag from the speaker system.

I live in Houston and come in for every game. My awesome season tickets from last year are history and now I've been relegated to row V in section 411. Still, I show up and cheer and stay for the whole game. I agree with the poster above -- we probably need to make a no readmittance policy and lock the gates at half time. I'm really getting sick of TCU fans -- we've received EVERYTHING we wanted. Patterson has stayed, we have a brand new stadium, we're in the Big XII and we were (recently anyway) ranked in the TOP 15. If you can't show up, stay and be loud with all the cards falling like that, you never will. I'm sad to say it, but I'm disgusted by our fan base. Maybe I'll be proved wrong -- in fact, I hope I am -- but so far I've seen absolutely nothing to give me any hope.

Rant over.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

I like the no readmittance idea, but then you run the risk of folks not coming in at all because, again, we have the worst fans in any sport. Although, might push more to coming in late and staying for the second half, so that's probably a positive.

Chet Steadman said...

SWW: Watching how quickly WVU got up to the line against Texas gave me nightmares. We have some time to prepare for that but yes, that was horrifying. Hope our coaches are spending some time on wind-sprints at the end of practice so we are ready for that...
Music is TERRIBLE. I'm so sick of Sandstorm and Won't Back Down. I'm also tired of the Do-wopp High School Band song the band constantly plays. Outside of the 3rd down music, the band doesn't offer much. The announcer sucks too. Is it that hard to say "And thats another first down for..." ? Our crowd isn't dumb. They would know what to yell.