TCU vs. New Mexico - Post-Game Notes




Nov. 3, 2007

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Team Notes

  • TCU recorded its third shutout in its past seven home games. This season marks TCU's first campaign with two shutouts since 2000 (Navy, Rice). The Frogs blanked Baylor, 27-0, earlier this year.
  • Dating back to the 2005 campaign, the Frogs have held the opposition without a touchdown in seven of their last 13 home games.
  • Rafael Priest's 13-yard fumble return for a touchdown was TCU's fifth non-offensive touchdown of the season. The Frogs have returned two interceptions for scores while also having two touchdowns directly off blocked punts.
  • The Frog defense held New Mexico under the 100-yard mark for total offense until just over six minutes remained in the game. The Lobos finished with 119 total yards and six first downs.
  • TCU has won 17 consecutive games when holding the edge in time of possession. The Frogs had a 36:52-to-23:08 advantage over New Mexico.
  • The Frogs improved to 15-5 in regular-season games following a loss under head coach Gary Patterson.
  • TCU improved to 23-0 over the last three seasons when coming out ahead or even in turnover margin. The Frogs were +1 versus New Mexico.
  • The Frogs improved to 38-6 in home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium since 2000.
  • TCU is 24-3 in Saturday games since the start of the 2005 season.
  • The Frogs improved to 14-1 in day games since 2005. The NCAA constitutes a day game as starting before 5 p.m.
  • The Frogs are 5-0 when rushing for at least 142 yards this season. TCU had a season-high 238 yards rushing versus New Mexico.
  • TCU has won 19 in a row when rushing for at least 167 yards.
  • TCU scored on its opening drive of the game for the second time this season. The Frogs produced a touchdown on their initial series against Colorado State.
  • The Frogs scored first for the sixth time in their nine games this season.
  • TCU's 20-0 lead was its largest halftime margin of the season. On three occasions (Baylor, SMU, Colorado State), the Frogs held 14-point leads at the break.
  • In the last three games with New Mexico, TCU has outscored the Lobos by a combined 72-14 margin in the first half.

     

    Individual Notes

  • Five Frogs (tight end Evan Frosch, safety Stephen Hodge, defensive end Jerry Hughes, left guard Preston Phillips, tailback Joseph Turner) made their first career starts.
  • Linebacker Jason Phillips totaled five stops to surpass the 200-tackle mark in his career. He now has 203.
  • Hodge led TCU with seven tackles, including a sack, and three pass break-ups. He also forced a fumble that was returned 13 yards for a touchdown by Rafael Priest. Hodge's second-quarter sack gave him 4.5 in the last three games. He has 5.5 sacks on the season, just 0.5 behind Chase Ortiz (6.0) for the team lead.
  • Turner's 28 rushing attempts were the most by a Frog since Robert Merrill had 29 carries for 170 yards in a 23-20 win at San Diego State on Oct. 29, 2005. Turner equaled his season total for rush attempts entering the game. He had 28 carries for 153 yards prior to tonight's contest. Turner had 115 yards for his first 100-yard rushing game at TCU.
  • Preseason All-America defensive end Tommy Blake made his first start since Sept. 13 at Air Force and saw his first action since Sept. 22 versus SMU. He did not play in the previous four games while on a medical leave of absence.
  • Walter Bryant had a career-long 27-yard reception in the first quarter.
  • True freshman wide receiver Jeremy Kerley had a 27-yard pass completion for the second straight game when he connected with Ervin Dickerson on the Frogs' opening drive. Kerley had a 27-yard completion to quarterback Andy Dalton against Utah (Oct. 18).
  • Chris Manfredini's three field goals gave him 39 career makes at TCU, moving him ahead of Greg Porter (38, 1978-81) into fourth place on the Frogs' all-time list.
  • Derek Moore's second-quarter 29-yard touchdown reception from Andy Dalton was his second scoring catch of the season and third of his career.
  • Marcus Jackson's 7-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Brock was his third scoring toss of the season and fifth of his career.
  • Brock had his first touchdown reception since a 9-yard grab from Jeff Ballard against SMU in 2004.
  • Dickerson had his team-high fourth scoring reception of the season on a 1-yard pass from Dalton.
     

     


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