No. 3 TCU Hosts SMU on Saturday


Sept. 14, 2015

No. 3 TCU (2-0, 0-0) vs. SMU (1-1, 0-0)

 Date (Time) Saturday, Sept. 19 (7 p.m. CDT)
 Location Amon G. Carter Stadium (45,000) | Fort Worth, Texas
 TV
FOX Sports Net
 TV Talent
Mark Followill (PBP), Brian Baldinger (color), Lesley McCaslin (sideline)
 Radio Listing  WBAP 820 AM, KTCU 88.7 FM, Sirius 108, XM 199
 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
* No. 3 TCU closes its 2015 nonconference slate when it hosts SMU Saturday at 7 p.m. in a sold-out Amon G. Carter Stadium.
* Dating back to last season, TCU’s 10-game winning streak ranks second nationally behind Ohio State (15).
* TCU is 32-3 when taking the field as a top-10 team under head coach Gary Patterson, including a 21-1 mark when in the top 5.
* Patterson is 11-2 as a head coach versus SMU.
* TCU is looking to open with a 3-0 record for the seventh time in the last 10 seasons.
* TCU is 28-17 against former Southwest Conference rivals, including a 14-4 mark versus SMU, since the league dissolved after the 1995 campaign.

HOME SWEET HOME
* In 15 seasons under head coach Gary Patterson, TCU is 69-14 at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
* TCU has an eight-game home winning streak.
* The Horned Frogs are playing their fourth season in Amon G. Carter Stadium after its $164 million donor-funded rebuild.
* TCU sold out of football season tickets for the third time in the last four seasons. This year’s record-breaking total is 34,094.
* TCU already has four sellouts this season: Stephen F. Austin (Sept. 12), SMU (Sept. 19), Texas (Oct. 3) and Baylor (Nov. 27).

SERIES NOTES
* The Horned Frogs hold a 47-40-7 edge over the Mustangs in a series that began with a 43-0 TCU win in Fort Worth in 1915.
* TCU has won seven of the last eight games with SMU and 13 of 15.
* Last year’s 56-0 TCU win at SMU marked the most lopsided game in the series.
* The Horned Frogs are 26-18-5 versus the Mustangs in Fort Worth and 21-22-2 in Dallas.
* SMU is TCU’s second-most played series. The Horned Frogs’ 94 meetings with the Mustangs trail only Baylor (110).
* Other than the two seasons (1987-88) SMU did not field a team, the 2006 campaign represented the only time TCU and SMU have not met since 1925.

FAMILIAR FACES
* TCU outside receivers coach Rusty Burns, in his seventh season with the Horned Frogs, was SMU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2004-07.

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 one of three schools in the nation to rank in the top 20 in total offense (538.0 yards per game) and total defense (254.0 yards per game). The Horned Frogs are 17th in both categories.
* TCU has the nation’s longest current streak for consecutive games with a takeaway (27).
* TCU has the nation’s second-longest streak (15 games) for consecutive games with a first-quarter touchdown (USC, 16).
* Trevone Boykin has the nation’s longest streak with a touchdown pass in 17 straight games.
* Boykin leads all active players nationally with 9,219 career yards of total offense.
* Josh Doctson has 16 touchdown catches in just 27 games to tie for fourth in TCU history. His next TD grab will move him into a tie for second. The school record is held by Josh Boyce (22, 2010-12).
* Doctson’s 34 receptions since Thanksgiving 2014 rank second nationally.
* TCU entered this season as the only school in the nation without a linebacker who had started a collegiate game.
* The Horned Frogs, who have had nine defensive players make their first career starts this season, are allowing just 254.0 yards per game while holding opponents to a 6-of-31 mark (19.4 percent) on third-down conversions.
* The Horned Frogs are 96-3 under Gary Patterson when allowing 17 points or less.
* Place-kicker Jaden Oberkrom is the nation’s active leader with 61 career field goals. He needs four field goals to tie Nick Browne (65, 2001-03) for TCU’s all-time record. Oberkrom’s 69.7 percentage (23-of-33) on attempts of at least 40 yards ranks third in Big 12 history.

 

 

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