TCU beats Texas, rides underdog mantra to keep CFP dream alive

AUSTIN — Everyone loves an underdog, and TCU is here to play that role. It goes back to Gary Patterson, the longtime former Horned Frogs coach whose statue stands on campus in Fort Worth. If teams take on the persona of their head coach, the guy who said things like “I didn’t build this program back to anybody” gives them an undeniable advantage for the length of his tenure.

But on Saturday night when TCU beat the Longhorns 17-10, Patterson (now a special assistant to Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian) stood on the opposite side of the purple program he raised for 21 years and shepherded in the Big 12. The successor , Sonny Dykes, gets a chance to do what he couldn’t: win an outright Big 12 championship, as the Frogs punch their ticket to Jerry World with Saturday’s victory.


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