Out of all of the years writing about the Mountain West and TCU I can not recall their head coach Gary Patterson being so upset over officiating from a loss. It may stem from the team not being as good as it has been over the past few years, especially the defense, because they have ended up with the top defense in the nation between 2008-10 an din 2011 they currently are at 90th in the nation.
Losing to rival SMU brought all sorts of emotion out for Patterson. Here is one of a few quotes from Patterson:
"To be honest with you, the group that I was most unhappy with was the officials. The bottom line to it is, actually they gave them two touchdowns - one that we had an interception on to stop the drive.
"I don't say things very often, but I'll be honest with you, they changed the complexion of the whole football game with about five or six calls."
The two touchdowns that Patterson is referring to began with an interception that was returned for a touchdown but called back to pass interference, and the other is a motion penalty that the Conference USA officials missed on a scoring drive for SMU.
Here is the thing coach, you can be upset about the calls and while the pass interference penalty may have been questionable and the touchdown could have finally allowed TCU to not have a slow start, the fact is your defense is what is failing this team. More specifically the secondary and the offense does not come alive until well after the game has started or when trailing by 14 or more points.
Patterson is obviously just frustrated with his team and is expecting to win every game which TCU has basically done over the past few years.
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