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“There’s not anybody that was actually there and felt the loss,” said tight end Evan Frosch, a fifth-year TCU senior. “It’s five years later, we’re a different team, we’re ready to go, they’re a different team. … We’re worried about what we’ve got this year, what they’ve got, and focus on what we can do now.”
Patterson remembers the 2005 game. He planned this week to show his team video of SMU players and fans celebrating the upset.
Asked if he was particularly excited about the game, Jones responded, “Not really.”
Then again, it hasn’t been much of a rivalry for Jones. TCU won 48-7 its last visit to Ford Stadium in 2008, and beat the Mustangs 39-14 at home last year.
“I know the kids get excited,” Jones said. “Being here just for the two times we’ve played ‘em, I have sensed there is that rivalry feeling. I have definitely sensed they turn it up when it is this game.”
The rivalry was really something 75 years ago, when both teams were 10-0 going into their late November game in Fort Worth. SMU won 20-14 and went on to the Rose Bowl.
The Mustangs and Frogs both finished 12-1 in 1935 and claimed national championships for that season.
“Really? I didn’t realize that,” Frosch said.
The Frogs aren’t worried about history anyway. Their focus is on the opportunity to make history of their own with a national championship this year. And the only way to do that is to keep winning.