When it comes to defense, TCU coach Gary Patterson is admittedly
obsessed. Last summer Patterson helped organize a summit in
Arizona at which a handful of coaches who love the 4-2-5 defense
spent hours analyzing film and debating strategies. And
throughout the season the coach experiments relentlessly with
player combinations and coverage schemes until he finds what
works best. "The philosophy is simple: Offenses can't win if they
can't score," says Patterson, TCU's defensive coordinator for
three seasons before getting promoted for the 2001 season.

Under Patterson the Horned Frogs were No. 1 in total defense in
2000 and again last season, when TCU went 10-2. This year the
defense is the main reason why the Horned Frogs are 4-0 after
last Saturday's 13-10 overtime win over Arizona. The
senior-stacked unit is led by 6'5", 268-pound end Bo Schobel, who
has 23 tackles, including nine for loss. TCU also has nine

Patterson says he's pleased with his players' opportunism, but he
thinks they can cut down their foes' passing yardage by playing
smarter. In the meantime he will continue to tweak his defense
with each matchup. "I'm the underdog coach with some underdog
players," says Patterson. "So what we try to do is put together a
game plan that's going to shut teams down." --Kelley King