Frogs to host Utah under the lights Thursday

Rafael Priest and the Frogs look to continue the momentum gained from last weekend's victory over Stanford Thursday against Utah.

Rafael Priest and the Frogs look to continue the momentum gained from last weekend's victory over Stanford Thursday against Utah.

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Oct. 15, 2007


FORT WORTH--TCU will look to continue the momentum from its 38-36 win at Stanford when it hosts Utah Thursday for a 7 p.m. televised game on Versus. With their victory over the Cardinal, the Horned Frogs improved to 10-2 in their last 12 games against teams from leagues with automatic BCS bids.

For the third consecutive season, the Frogs and Utes are meeting on a Thursday. That represents every game in their Mountain West Conference series history.

The last game in Fort Worth, in 2005, between the teams marked the Frogs' first-ever MWC?contest. A 23-20 TCU overtime victory snapped Utah's 18-game winning streak.

The Frogs are 5-2 in short-week games under Gary Patterson as head coach.

Over the last three seasons, TCU is 1-3 in Thursday games and 25-3 on other days of the week. The Frogs' two losses in Thursday contests last season, the only defeats in an 11-2 season, did not come on short weeks.

Following this game, TCU will have a 16-day break from action before a Nov. 3 home date versus New Mexico.

THE SERIES
Utah holds a 3-1 lead over TCU in a series that began in 1996.

The first two games between the Frogs and Utes took place when both teams were members of the Western Athletic Conference. Utah won 21-7 in Salt Lake City in 1996 and 32-18 in Fort Worth in 1997.

The Frogs and Utes have split their Mountain West Conference meetings. TCU won 23-20 in overtime in Fort Worth in 2005, while Utah took a 20-7 decision last season.

TCU is 1-1 versus the Utes in Fort Worth and 0-2 in Salt Lake City.

DEFENDING THEIR HOME
Since 2000, TCU is 37-5 in home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

The Frogs' 23-4 (.852)?home record since 2003 ranks 12th-best in the nation.

TCU has recorded two shutouts in its past five home dates.

In their last six home contests, the Frogs have outscored their opponents 188-36.

Dating back to the 2005 campaign, the Frogs have held the opposition without a touchdown in six of their last 11 home games.

KEY NOTES
With Gary Patterson as head coach, TCU is 38-0 when allowing 17 points or less. Overall, the Frogs have won 53 consecutive games when holding the opponent to 17-or-fewer points. The streak began after a 17-7 loss at Northwestern on Sept. 11, 1999.

In the first half of its last 15 contests, TCU?has outscored its opponents 287-54. The margin is 95-41, including 75-17 in the second quarter, in 2007.

The Frogs have allowed only nine touchdowns through the opening three quarters of their seven games this season. TCU has surrendered just five first-half touchdowns.


 

 


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