No. 2 TCU Heads to Minnesota for Season Opener


Aug. 31, 2015

No. 2 TCU (0-0, 0-0) at Minnesota (0-0, 0-0)

 Date (Time) Thursday, Sept. 3 (8 p.m. CDT)
 Location TCF Bank Stadium (50,805) | Minneapolis, Minn.
 TV
ESPN
 TV Talent
Dave Pasch (PBP), Brian Griese (color), Tom Luginbill (sideline)
 Radio Listing  WBAP 820 AM, KTCU 88.7 FM
 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
 Multimedia  Watch Tuesday News Conference

ABOUT THE GAME
*Defending Big 12 champion and No. 2 TCU opens its 2015 season at Minnesota on Sept. 3.
*TCU has its highest preseason ranking in school history. The previous best was No. 6 in 2010, when the Horned Frogs went 13-0 and won the Rose Bowl.
*TCU is opening on a Thursday for the first time since 2004, when it defeated Northwestern 48-45 in double overtime in Fort Worth.
*Since 2009, TCU has the nation’s fourth-best road record (25-7, .781).

PATTERSON VERSUS THE BIG TEN
*With Gary Patterson as head coach, TCU is 4-1 versus Big Ten opponents.
*Prior to last season’s 30-7 win over Minnesota, TCU’s previous two contests versus Big Ten teams came in bowl games.
*TCU dropped a 17-16 decision to Michigan State in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl after defeating Wisconsin, 21-19, in the 2011 Rose Bowl.
*The 2014 game with Minnesota marked TCU’s first regular-season meeting with a Big Ten team since a 48-45 double-overtime victory over Northwestern in the 2004 season opener in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs also defeated the Wildcats, 48-24, in Evanston, Ill., in 2002.

SEASON OPENERS
*TCU is opening away from home for the 11th time in Gary Patterson’s 15 seasons as head coach. The Horned Frogs will have had nine road games, two neutral-site contests (Arlington, Texas) and four home dates in that stretch.
*TCU is 10-4 in season debuts under Patterson and 70-39-9 overall in openers.
*The Horned Frogs have won 10 of their last 12 season openers, including victories over No. 5 Oklahoma in 2005 and No. 22 Oregon State in 2010.

SERIES HISTORY
*TCU and Minnesota are meeting for just the third time on the gridrion.
*Prior to last season’s 30-7 TCU win, the only previous gridiron contest between the Horned Frogs and Golden Gophers was a 9-7 Minnesota win in Minneapolis in 1974.

FRIENDS
*TCU head coach Gary Patterson (Rozel) and Minnesota’s Jerry Kill (Cheney) have a special bond, besides both being Kansas natives.
*When Patterson married his wife Kelsey, Kill was part of the wedding party.

JIM WACKER TIES
*Both TCU and Minnesota were coached by Jim Wacker.
*Wacker was the Horned Frogs’ head coach from 1983-91, before leaving Fort Worth to take the reins of the Golden Gophers (1992-96).
*Wacker’s most-successul TCU team was his 1984 “Unbeleevable” squad that went 8-4 in reaching the Bluebonnet Bowl.

REMEMBER ME?
*While at Texas Tech in 2012, TCU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie stepped into a play-calling role as interim OC when the Red Raiders totaled 429 yards in a 34-31 win over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

TCU NOTABLES
*The Horned Frogs are the preseason pick to win the Big 12. The last two times TCU was predicted to win a conference was in 2009 and 2010. In both years, TCU completed an undefeated regular season in reaching the Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl, respectively.
*TCU is 30-3 when taking the field as a top-10 team under Gary Patterson, including a 19-1 mark when in the top 5.
*TCU has the nation’s longest-current streaks for scoring at least 30 points (15 games), consecutive games with a sack and interception (15), games with a pick (15) and consecutive contests with a takeaway (25).
*Trevone Boykin became just the third quarterback since 2009 to average at least 300 yards per game passing (300.1) and 50 rushing (54.4). The others were Heisman Trophy winners Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel.
*TCU is the only school in the nation without a linebacker who has started a collegiate game.

 

 

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