Post-Game Notes: TCU vs. South Dakota State
Sept. 4, 2016
No. 13 TCU 59, South Dakota State 41
Amon G. Carter Stadium
*The Horned Frogs won their 15th-straight home opener for the fifth-longest active streak in the nation.
*TCU improved to 15-1 in home openers under head coach Gary Patterson.
*The Horned Frogs are now 12-4 in season openers under Patterson.
*The Horned Frogs improved to 24-3 over the last three seasons.
*A first-quarter sack by Aaron Curry extended TCU’s school-record streak to 31 games with at least one sack. It is the second-longest active streak in the nation, behind only Ohio State with 36.
*The Horned Frogs scored a first-quarter touchdown for the 26th time in their last 27 games. TCU did not score a touchdown in the first quarter of the Valero Alamo Bowl, snapping a run of 25 consecutive games that set school and Big 12 records while tying for the nation’s longest streak since 1996 (Stanford, 2009-11).
*TCU scored for the 294th consecutive game. It's the nation's second-longest current streak and fourth all-time in NCAA history. The Horned Frogs haven't been blanked since Nov. 16, 1991 at Texas (32-0).
*TCU wore a purple jersey and white pants with a white helmet.
*Hill completed 33-of-49 passes for 439 yards while adding 45 yards rushing on seven carries.
*Hill’s 439 yards passing and 484 yards of total offense both rank seventh for a single game in TCU history.
*KaVontae Turpin’s 81-yard second quarter punt return for a touchdown was the second of his career. He had a 49-yard punt return for a score against Kansas last season.
*Turpin’s 81-yard effort tied for the sixth-longest punt return in TCU history. It was the Horned Frogs’ longest since LaVar Veale went 85 yards versus Nevada in 2000.
*Turpin’s two punt returns for touchdowns leave him one shy of tying TCU’s career record of three, held by Linzy Cole (1968-69) and Blanard Spearman (1930-32).
*Turpin’s seven receptions for 62 yards tied a career-high set on two occasions last season.
*Turpin totaled 177 all-purpose yards (82 punt returns, 62 receiving, 33 rushing).
*Taj Williams, in his TCU debut, had 11 catches for 158 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown. The 11 catches were the most by a Horned Frog since Josh Doctson had 12 grabs for 184 yards versus West Virginia last season.
*Jaelan Austin’s 60-yard third-quarter touchdown catch was the longest reception of his career. It was also his third career scoring grab.
*Kyle Hicks had the first two-touchdown game of his career with scoring runs of 15 yards in the first quarter and 3 yards in the third quarter. He now has five career rushing scores.
*Isaiah Graham’s first career reception was a 22-yard grab.
*Graduate transfer John Diarse had two receptions for 36 yards in his TCU debut.
*Aaron Curry totaled 2 1/2 tackles for loss, including 1 1/2 sacks, among five stops while forcing a fumble.
*James McFarland, playing his first game since he was the 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player, had a fourth-quarter sack.
*Travin Howard, who led TCU last season with 105 tackles, had a team-high 10 stops.
*Ryan Graf made a 32-yard field goal on his first collegiate attempt.
*Defensive tackle Joseph Broadnax, cornerback Jeff Gladney, safety Niko Small and wide receiver Taj Williams made their first career starts. Quarterback Kenny Hill made his first start as a Horned Frog.
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