TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson pulled off some impressive feats in last night's Rose Bowl. He led his TCU team to an impressive 21-19 victory against a powerful Wisconsin team from one of the nation's biggest football conferences. He also impressively delayed the inevitable ice cold Gatorade bath from his players that accompanies any football victory on the level of a Rose Bowl win.
With less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter and Wisconsin out of timeouts, the game was all but officially over, as TCU was working to run out the clock and clinch their impressive, heart-stopping 21-19 victory.
Running backs Matthew Tucker, Ed Wesley and wide receiver Alonzo Adams grabbed a bucket of Gatorade and crept in for the standard dousing of coach Patterson, just to make sure he'd be nice and soggy for all his postgame handshakes, hugs and interviews.
But in a diversion from the usual script, Patterson turned the tables on his players and sternly objected to their celebratory efforts, imploring them to hold off since the game was not officially over. The student athletes obediently backed away per Patterson's orders, much to the delight of announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit.
Ultimately, the game would end without any further excitement all of 30 seconds later, and as Patterson was making his way across the field to shake hands with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema he felt the sweet icy drench of victory Gatorade after all.
Gary Patterson only delayed the inevitable, but it made for an amusing sideshow to the end of an exciting Rose Bowl game. TCU fans are hoping the next Gatorade bath accompanying coach Patterson comes at the end of a BCS National Championship Game victory come January 2012.