Big 12 Notebook: TCU basking in victory over Texas

| Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, 7:36 p.m.

How big was TCU's 20-13 win over Texas?

Remember, the game was supposed to be all about Texas, which had won four in a row and was a candidate for a BCS bowl game.

The Longhorns have been a regular on Thanksgiving since playing their first game on the holiday in 1895, usually facing Texas A&M, which joined the SEC this year.

That left TCU as a Thanksgiving opponent this year until Texas faces Texas Tech in the holiday game beginning next year.

Given that TCU usually served as Texas' doormat when the teams belonged to the old Southwest Conference, TCU's victory — the school's biggest in its first year in the Big 12 — was especially sweet.

“Talking to our alumni, people who had gone through the old Southwest Conference, it was a huge win,” said Patterson, TCU's coach since 2000. “A lot of them said it was better than the Rose Bowl. I said, ‘No, it was not better than the Rose Bowl.' But it was a big win for us.”

TCU capped a perfect 13-0 season in 2010 with a 21-19 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

Exceeding expectations

Until a recent loss to Baylor, Kansas State was on track to play in the BCS national championship game. Yet the Wildcats were picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 preseason media poll.

“You look at their team — and I mean this with all due respect — you see blue-collar, Average Joe football players,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. “You don't see all these All-America types. You don't see all these guys the draft prognosticators are talking about. You see an ordinary man's football team.''

Kansas State (10-1) is ranked No. 6 and concludes the regular season at home against Texas.

Upon further review

After losing his second overtime game in as many seasons, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is ready for a rule change.

The Cowboys never trailed host Oklahoma in regulation but lost, 51-48, in overtime after kicking a field goal in their first possession only to have Oklahoma score a touchdown for the win.

Last year, Iowa State upset Oklahoma State, 37-31, in overtime when the Cowboys were ranked No. 2.

“I don't know if there needs to be maybe more of the NFL style where there's a kickoff and five minutes put on the clock,'' Gundy said. “I would be willing to listen to what somebody else could bring up and maybe make it a little different. I think it's worth talking about.''

John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at

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