TCU coach Gary Patterson was happy with the passing of freshman quarterback Shawn Robinson against Texas Tech, even if his numbers weren’t great.
Robinson was 6-of-17 passing for 85 yards and a touchdown in a 27-3 win against the Red Raiders in Week 12 in his first collegiate start. However, Patterson said on the Big 12 coaches teleconference Monday that he liked what he saw from the young quarterback.
“I thought he threw the ball well,” Patterson said. “He overthrew some guys. But I thought down the field, he threw the ball well. We’ll just keep progressing. Because of that ball game, he’ll be a better player, not only for the rest of this season, but also for next year.”
TCU attempted more deep passes with Robinson at quarterback than it typically does with senior Kenny Hill. The freshman missed on a couple of throws, but he was throwing in strong winds. His receivers also dropped a few passes.
Robinson also made some highlights as a runner, rushing for 84 yards on 10 carries. He had runs of 41, 20 and 21 yards to keep drives alive and set up TCU’s two offensive touchdowns of the day. The biggest concern for Patterson was Robinson’s two fumbles.
“Obviously we need to – on the option – we need to secure the ball a little bit better,” Patterson said. “But for him, it’s his first game out, getting himself ready to go. I thought the biggest thing is he just got us in the right plays and ran the football.”
The most important thing about Robinson’s performance to Patterson was getting the win.
“He managed the game,” Patterson said. “It’s hard to go on the road. It’s hard to play in Lubbock. There’s a lot of senior quarterbacks that don’t win in Lubbock.”