The Horned Frogs, playing 17 freshmen, have held their own against Kansas State, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Texas heading into their finale against OU.
“There are a lot of people that believed we'd go 0-5. We're 2-2,” Patterson said. “We've got to keep recruiting, keep growing up. But we have answered a lot of questions. We're not where we want to be. Obviously, we're not playing for the conference title. We still have a ways to go.”
BEARS “SAVE THEIR SEASON”
Baylor was in danger of not playing in a bowl a year after Robert Griffin III won the Heisman.
Sitting at 4-5, Baylor's final three games were against Kansas State, Texas Tech and OSU.
The Bears, though, romped past No. 1 Kansas State and followed with an overtime win over the Red Raiders to become bowl eligible.
“There are 52 cards in a deck and we held about two of them,” said Baylor coach Art Briles. “The odds were certainly against us. Our guys kept fighting, kept believing and did a great job of saving the season.”
LONGHORNS TO START MCCOY
Texas coach Mack Brown said sophomore quarterback David Ash suffered a rib injury in the loss to TCU last week and Case McCoy will start against Kansas State.
Ash, who accounted for three turnovers in the TCU loss, is listed as questionable.
“He got hit in the ribs early in the game and didn't tell us,” Brown said. “That probably led to some of his struggles.”
MOUNTAINEERS FINALLY END SLUMP
West Virginia ended a five-game losing streak with a 31-24 win over Iowa State to become bowl eligible.
“We have a lot of seniors that didn't want to be remembered as the team that couldn't handle the new conference or any of that,” said WVU coach Dana Holgorsen. “The guys stuck together and worked hard. I'm really proud how they fought through a lot of adversity.”
During the five-game losing streak, Oklahoma rallied for a 50-49 win and the Mountaineers lost in double overtime to TCU.