Casey Pachall filling the bill except as closer
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First-year starter Casey Pachall wasn't able to do that in the Frogs' two losses this season. In both instances, he manufactured massive comebacks to put TCU in position to win.
"Yeah, but he’s got to finish," Patterson said after Saturday's 40-33 defeat to the Ponies. "You can say the defense came back and got some stops, but they just gave up 39 points. The bottom line is he needs to finish. We didn’t finish the Baylor game; he needs to finish."
Pachall threw an interception in the waning moments of the Baylor game to end a comeback from 47-23 down that saw TCU take a 48-47 lead with 4:27 to play. A Bears field goal reclaimed the lead with 1:04 to play. Pachall moved the Frogs just into Baylor territory before throwing the pick after his receiver got bumped off his route.
On Saturday, the Frogs couldn't pick up a first down on its first OT possession after SMU quarterback J.J. McDermott threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game to take the lead after the Mustangs blew a 33-17 lead. Pachall, 30-of-42 for 304 yards and a touchdown with no picks, was 0-for-2 in OT.
"Their quarterback got a touchdown pass," Patterson said. "We need to finish. Again, my fault; he needs to finish."
Statistics-wise, the transition from Andy Dalton, who on Sunday happened to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a comeback victory over the previously undefeated Buffalo Bills, to Pachall has gone pretty smoothly.
With a 69.8 completion percentage and 13 TD passes in five games, Pachall is on pace to break TCU season records in both categories. The 6-foot-5 sophomore out of Brownwood. Pachall is second in the M0untain West Conference and 15th nationally with a 162.4 pass efficiency rating.
But, it's the two games he couldn't close that stick.
"It's real tough," Pachall said. "After getting off to a slow start and being able to bring ourselves back and have it happen like that is never easy to swallow."
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