FORT WORTH, Texas -- By now, maybe we should have learned not to sleep on Gary Patterson and his TCU football team coming off a disappointing season.
All the rage in the Big 12 back in August was everybody but the Horned Frogs. They were sort of the forgotten bunch coming off their 6-7 season in 2016. But here we are approaching the middle of October this season, and the Horned Frogs are the Big 12's only unbeaten team, thanks to their 31-24 win over No. 23 West Virginia on Saturday and No. 3 Oklahoma's 38-31 upset loss to Iowa State earlier in the day.
Patterson is now 28-2 coming off three losing seasons at TCU. The Horned Frogs were 11-1 in 2005 (after going 5-6 the season before). They were 12-1 in 2014 (after going 4-8 the year before). And they're 5-0 this season.
TCU, which was unranked in the preseason polls, will almost certainly move up from its No. 8 ranking on Sunday when the new polls are released.
The first half Saturday was anything but a typical Big 12 game, as the two teams combined for just one touchdown -- two teams that entered the game averaging a combined 96.6 points per game. But the second half was as entertaining as the first half was dull. The Horned Frogs built a 17-3 lead, but Will Grier brought the Mountainers (3-2) back with touchdown passes of 64 yards to David Sills and 76 yards to Ka'Raun White to tie the game at 17 apiece.
That was followed by Sills' second touchdown grab of the game -- a gorgeous catch in the back of the end zone.
But Hill cemented the win for the Horned Frogs by bulling his way into the end zone from the 3 with 2:53 to play.