Familiarity adds another layer to nationally televised showdown
Homecoming has a twist for TCU football as two former coaches – Doug Meacham and Kenny Perry – return as opponents.
Meacham runs the offense for the Kansas Jayhawks, while Perry is a co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach. Meacham was the Horned Frog’s co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach from 2014-2016. Perry was TCU’s cornerbacks coach in 2014 after working as TCU’s director of high school relations in 2013.
“Both Perry and Coach Meacham have coached on our staff,” said TCU head coach Gary Patterson. “They know everything about us: how we runs things on offense and defense, so for us we have to go back and watch all practice tape, games so we have a lot of work we have to do to control our own destiny.”
After tightrope finishes the last couple of years, the No. 4 Horned Frogs know not to dismiss the 1-5 Jayhawks.
"They put a scare in us these last couple years," said wide receiver Desmon White.
“I don’t know why they play us really well, but we just have to go out there and execute and we’ll be good,” he said.
In Lawrence last season, TCU claimed a one-point victory, 24-23, after Kansas missed three fourth quarter field goals. The Horned Frogs limped away from the the last matchup in Fort Worth, as Foster Sawyer took over at quarterback for an injured Trevone Boykin in a one-possession win, 23- 17.
Patterson said he isn’t letting his team dwell on projections that have the Frogs winning Saturday’s 7 p.m. game by about 40 points.
“Having it in primetime, they’ll be ramped up, and we have to prepare for them to pull out every stop,” he said.”They felt like they made some progress by beating Texas a year ago, so you would think they would feel the same way if they could beat No. 4 TCU. For us, it’s going to be business as usual.”