TCU Football Set for Saturday's Season Opener

Aug. 24, 2014

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TCU (0-0) vs. Samford (0-0)

 Date (Time) Saturday, Aug. 30 (6 p.m. CDT)
 Location Amon G. Carter Stadium (45,000) | Fort Worth, Texas
 TV
FOX Sports Net
 TV Talent
Brendan Burke (PBP), Ben Leber (color), Christian Steckel (sideline)
 Radio Listing  WBAP 820 AM, KTCU 88.7 FM, Sirius 134
 Spanish Radio  AM 1270 Univision Radio
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Brian Estridge (PBP), John Denton (color)
 Landry Burdine (sideline)
 Spanish Radio Talent  Miguel Cruz (PBP), Elvis Gallegos (color)
 Gametracker  GAMETRACKER
 Game Notes  TCU Game Notes
 Gameday Central  Gameday Central
 Multimedia  Watch Tuesday News Conference

ABOUT THE GAME
*TCU opens its 2014 campaign with a 6 p.m. home contest versus Samford.
*The Horned Frogs and Bulldogs have never met on the gridiron.
*Samford is coached by Pat Sullivan, who was TCU's head coach from 1992-97 and led the Horned Frogs to the 1994 Southwest Conference championship. Those 1994 Horned Frogs, who faced Virginia in the Independence Bowl, will be honored at halftime to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its SWC title.
*TCU is playing its third season in Amon G. Carter Stadium after its $164 million rebuild.
*TCU is 61-14 under Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
*TCU is facing an opponent from the state of Alabama for the first time since 2004, when it dropped a 41-25 decision at UAB in a Conference USA game.

SEASON OPENERS
*TCU is opening at home for just the fourth time in Gary Patterson's 14 seasons as head coach.
*TCU is 9-4 in season debuts under Patterson and 69-39-9 overall in openers.
*The Horned Frogs have won nine of their last 11 season openers, including victories over No. 5 Oklahoma in 2005 and No. 22 Oregon State in 2010.

HOME OPENERS
*TCU has won 12 straight home openers under head coach Gary Patterson. In nine of those victories, the Horned Frogs allowed 17 points or less.
*TCU is 12-1 overall in home openers under Patterson.

REMEMBER ME?
*As New Mexico's defensive coordinator in the 1996 and 1997 seasons, Gary Patterson was 2-0 against the Horned Frogs when Pat Sullivan was TCU's head coach. Patterson's Lobos won 27-7 in Albuquerque in 1996 and 40-10 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in 1997.

SAMFORD TIES
*First-year TCU co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach Doug Meacham was Samford's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2002-04.
*In 2004, his final season with the Bulldogs, Meacham directed a Samford attack that set several school records, including passing yards (2,986), completions (256) and completion percentage (59.8).

TRUE STUDENT-ATHLETES
*Safety Sam Carter and defensive tackle Chucky Hunter represent TCU on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. They also set the pace in the classroom.
*Carter is playing this season as a graduate student, having earned his TCU degree in May. He majored in sociology with a minor in business.
*Hunter, a criminal justice major, is scheduled to graduate in December in just 3 1/2 years.

TCU NOTABLES
*Only five FBS head coaches (Frank Beamer, Larry Blakeney, Bill Snyder, Kirk Ferentz and Bob Stoops) have been at their current school longer than TCU's Gary Patterson.
*TCU's new offense, under co-coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie, will be making its debut.
*TCU (4) has the longest current streak in the nation for games decided by four points or less.
*Trevone Boykin was the only player in the nation last season with a 100-yard rushing game, 100-yard receiving game and 200-yard passing game.
*Boykin became just the third FBS player since 1996 to have 1,000 passing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same season.
*The Horned Frogs return nine starters from a defensive unit last season that led the Big 12 in run defense (130.8 yards per game) and finished a close second in total defense (356.4 yards per game). TCU was just 6.2 yards behind Oklahoma State, despite playing 40 more snaps.
*Safety Sam Carter's nine interceptions over the last two seasons are the most in the Big 12.

 

 


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