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They bounced back to win at Baylor before a triple-overtime loss to Texas Tech. After blowing a halftime lead at Oklahoma State, the Frogs won the meeting of Big 12 newcomers with a 39-38 double-overtime victory at West Virginia. Before going to Texas, they lost 23-10 at Kansas State, which then briefly took over the No. 1 spot in the BCS standings.

“We knew what it was going to be like at the end of the season. … The last four (games), we’re 2-2,” Patterson said. “Probably if everybody here was a betting person, they probably wouldn’t bet we were 2-2. Because I listened to (media) talk at the beginning of the season about, `Well, you had a chance to be 7-0, but I don’t think those last five, you win any of them.’ … We’ve gotten better, we’ve still got a long way to go.”

TCU will end its first Big 12 season playing in a bowl for the eighth consecutive season, and the 14th time in 15 seasons _ since Patterson arrived as defensive coordinator with coach Dennis Franchione’s staff in 1998. The Frogs will open the 2013 season at Cowboys Stadium against LSU.

“We have so many young guys, so many freshman playing,” senior tight end Corey Fuller said. “It’s going to be amazing the next couple of years watching them grow up, and they’ve been doing a phenomenal job with that they’ve accomplished this year.”