Coach: focus needs to be on remaining games not on hunt for possible BCS bowl game

Coach: focus needs to be on remaining games not on hunt for possible BCS bowl game

Gary Patterson told reporters at Tuesday’s media conference that he doesn’t like three letter words – meaning, of course, the acronyms “BYU” and “BCS.”

Those acronyms put TCU in the center of the national college football stage last week after the Frogs’ 32-7 home win against Brigham Young University, which left them ranked No. 14 in the Bowl Championship Series’ first ratings of the season.

Patterson said he wants to move on and continue toward the team’s ultimate goal – winning the conference title.

“Everybody we have left has a reason to play very hard against us,” he said.

Patterson said the team needs to put all of its focus on Saturday’s homecoming game against the University of Wyoming Cowboys.

Sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Kerley said last week’s win against the Cougars was big for the “whole town,” but each week his coaches make sure he and the other players only focus on the weekend’s upcoming game.

“We take things one step at a time,” Kerley said. “We don’t want to overlook anyone.”

Patterson said Saturday’s game will be tough, referring to the teams’ last meeting, a 24-21 Cowboy victory in Laramie, Wyo.

“The bottom line to it is this team knows how to prepare for TCU,” Patterson said. “They’re a good football team on defense, and they can run the ball.”

Wyoming has a history of causing the Frogs problems, he said.

“Even when we beat them here two years ago, we had to get a fumble on the kickoff, and we had to get some interceptions,” Patterson said. “Wyoming’s defense is senior-oriented, they have very good players and they understand what they’re trying to accomplish.”

Junior defensive end Jerry Hughes was named the Mountain West Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week and the Walter Camp Foundation defensive Player of the Week for his four-sack, two-forced-fumble performance during last week’s game. He said the team played extraordinarily, and the game earned the team a lot of national attention.

“We’ve been working on this all spring and summer, and it’s good to see it all come together,” Hughes said.

Because the game last week was on a Thursday, the players also get a few extra days to recuperate for Saturday’s game.

“It was nice to relax on Saturday and kick back and watch some games,” Hughes said.