In a wild weekend of college football, it would have been easy to overlook the Trust Fund Tussle between Baylor and TCU. But Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson wasn't going to let that happen. Patterson's post-game words for Baylor and head coach Art Briles sent heads spinning after a thrilling 41-38 win for the Bears.
The end of the game wasn't rife with controversy, but the third quarter was. That's when Baylor senior Ahmad Dixon was ejected by rule on a targeting penalty for a hit on TCU receiver (and sometimes quarterback) Trevone Boykin.
"I didn't build this program backing down to anybody, and I'm not going to do it to him." — Gary Patterson on Art Briles
Patterson didn't appreciate Briles' allowing Dixon to briefly remain on the sidelines or Briles' attempt to discuss the situation with Patterson on the field.
"He's picking on the wrong guy," Patterson said of Briles. "If that's what class is, then I don't want to be it."
Patterson went on a five-minute rant (and talked about himself in the third person) about Dixon and Baylor's aggressiveness and Briles' coaching style: "Gary Patterson lives in Fort Worth. If he's got a problem with me ... I didn't build this program backing down to anybody, and I'm not going to do it to him."
Baylor defeated TCU in the final seconds of Saturday's game with an interception in the end zone. It was an emotional end to a three-game road trip for Baylor that included the team's first loss of the season at Oklahoma State and the unexpected death of Briles' 59-year-old brother.
In his post-game interview, Briles avoided mentioning the incident with Patterson specifically but did heap praise on the Horned Frogs defense, calling it "phenomenal."
"We felt like TCU has played the best they played all year," Briles said.
The win kept Baylor's Big 12 title hopes alive for another week. No. 9-ranked Bears take on the No. 25-ranked Texas Longhorns on December 7 in Waco. It will be the last game played at Floyd Casey Stadium and could give Baylor a share of the Big 12 title for the first time in the team's history.