Historic win the last thing on Gary Patterson’s mind after TCU-Kansas game

FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU was finally able to overcome its annual struggles against Kansas with a 43-0 win over the Jayhawks at Amon G. Carter Stadium on Saturday, setting a Big 12 record for fewest yards allowed in a conference game.

And yet, the first words that came out of Gary Patterson’s mouth during his postgame press conference had nothing to do with the events that unfolded in Fort Worth Saturday night.

“We have a tough ball game next week. We knew going in that even if they weren’t 5-2 they were going to be tough,” Patterson said.

The longtime TCU head coach was referring to none other than Iowa State — who entered the AP Top 25 poll for the first time in 12 years on Sunday after defeating Texas Tech, 31-13. The No. 4 Horned Frogs will travel to Ames, Iowa for a date with the No. 25 Cyclones on Oct. 28.

Despite limiting the Jayhawks to 21 yards of total offense and sending them into negative rushing yards, Patterson isn’t downplaying a Cyclones team that pulled off a stunning upset of No. 10 Oklahoma less than three weeks ago in Norman, Okla.

“They got done early today, so they’ve got a little bit of time on us,” Patterson said. “We’ve got to get ready to go…easy as that.”

TCU wasn’t the first team to shutout Kansas this season. The Cyclones defeated the Jayhawks 45-0 at home on Oct. 14. Iowa State has only allowed 17 second-half points since Big 12 play began for the team on Sept. 28 against Texas — the Cyclones’ lone loss in conference play.

TCU is 4-1 against Iowa State since joining the Big 12 — including a 2-0 mark against the Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. TCU’s lone loss to the Cyclones came in 2012.

The sixth meeting – set for Halloween weekend — will mark the first top 25 game between the two teams.

“I said before the season that Iowa State was going to be a tough ballgame, that wasn’t even knowing what I know now,” Patterson said. “If you want to win championships, you have to win on the road.”

Iowa State is 5-2 and 3-1 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2002. If TCU prevails, it will mark the second time in three seasons that the Horned Frogs have begun the year 8-0.

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