As the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff football team finalizes preparation for Saturday’s season opener at TCU, one descriptive stood out to UAPB head coach Cedric Thomas after seeing the Horned Frogs on film.
“The way they play is at warp speed,” Thomas said. “Watching them at Ohio State or Texas, and they snap the ball really fast. It’s just fast.”
The Golden Lions and Horned Frogs will kickoff the 2019 opener just after 7 p.m., with a live television broadcast on FOX Sports Net. The UAPB Sports Network radio broadcast will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Lions Roar Pregame in Pine Bluff on FM 99.3 The Beat and in Little Rock on KOKY 102.9 FM. The game will also be available at uapblionsroar.com and on the UAPB Athletics Mobile App.
The Horned Frogs are coming off an up-and-down 7-6 season in 2018, winning their first two games before losing five of the next six before finishing the season with victories in four the last five contests, winning their final three games including an overtime win in the Cheez-it Bowl over Cal.
Head Coach Gary Patterson is entering his 19th season as head coach, the second-longest tenure of any coach at the FBS level. TCU has won 10 or more games 11 times under Patterson, including a 13-0 mark in 2010, ending with a Rose Bowl victory, and a pair of 12-1 marks, the last in 2014 ending with a New Year’s Six Bowl win in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. That started the current streak of five straight bowl games for the Horned Frogs.
“They’ve played in a lot of big games,” Thomas said. “They’ve played in some big-time bowl games. Coach Patterson has done a great job of building that program as such and the mindset of being one of the top teams in the nation. We have our hands full and we know it.”
On defense, TCU allowed only two opponents in the high-scoring Big 12 Conference to reach 40 or more points last season
“Defensively, they give you multiple looks and are very sound and disciplined, which is always a good foundation to build a program on,” Thomas said. “They also have big-time play makers in the kicking game. If you kick it to them, and you’re not disciplined in your lane distribution, it can go to the house.”