ABOUT THE GAME
* TCU will look to continue the momentum from a 31-9 victory at Texas when it hosts Kansas State Saturday at 11 a.m.
* The Horned Frogs are bowl bound for the 14th time in 16 seasons under head coach Gary Patterson.
* Saturday marks the 202nd game for Patterson as head coach of the Horned Frogs, moving him past Dutch Meyer (201, 1934-52) for the most in TCU history. Patterson is 149-52 (.741) in 16 seasons. He surpassed Meyer (109) in 2012 as TCU’s all-time winningest coach. Meyer led the Horned Frogs to national championships in 1935 and 1938.
* Patterson is a 1983 graduate of Kansas State and a former safety and linebacker for the Wildcats.
* Saturday features the two winningest coaches at their respective schools in Patterson (149) and Kansas State’s Bill Snyder (200). Patterson and Snyder are two of just three active head coaches nationally with 149 wins at their current school.
* Patterson is facing his alma mater for the fifth time as a head coach. He is 2-2 with all four meetings taking place since TCU began Big 12 play in 2012.
* The Horned Frogs are 76-18 in 16 seasons under Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
* Saturday’s game features the top-two defenses in the Big 12 with Kansas State allowing 391.5 yards per game and TCU at 419.5.
TIES TO THE SUNFLOWER STATE
* TCU head coach Gary Patterson was born in Larned, Kan., and is a native of Rozel, Kan.
* Patterson went to Pawnee Heights High School and then Dodge City Community College, before heading to Kansas State.
* TCU and Kansas State are playing for just the 10th time in their history with the Horned Frogs holding a 5-4 lead.
* TCU has won the last two meetings, 41-20 in Fort Worth in 2014 and 52-45 last year in Manhattan.
* Last season’s 52-45 victory, in which the Horned Frogs rallied from a 35-17 halftime deficit, equaled the largest come-from-behind win (18 points) in Gary Patterson’s 16 seasons as head coach.
* TCU is 3-1 against the Wildcats in Fort Worth and 2-3 in Manhattan.
* Prior to TCU beginning Big 12 play in 2012, the schools had not met on the gridiron since 1986.
* The first game in the series was a 45-0 K-State victory in Manhattan in 1922.
* After that initital game, the schools did not play again until meeting in four consecutive seasons from 1983-86.
* TCU’s senior class will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony Saturday.
* The 2016 seniors, who helped usher in the Horned Frogs’ Big 12 era, have posted a 33-16 record while being part of 2014 Big 12 and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl championships as well as a 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl championship.
* The seniors have eight wins against ranked opponents the last three seasons. They are bowl bound for the third time in the last four years and have defeated every Big 12 school at least once. They also had a recent run of 13 straight victories at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
* The Horned Frogs have just eight scholarship seniors on this year’s team.
* Over the last three seasons, TCU has the Big 12’s best overall record (29-8) and second-best conference mark (19-7).
* TCU has at least one sack in a school-record 41 consecutive games, the nation’s second-longest active streak (Clemson, 42) and tied for second in Big 12 history.
* TCU leads the Big 12 and is third nationally with its average of 3.64 sacks per game.
* Linebacker Travin Howard leads the Big 12 and is fifth nationally at 10.8 tackles per game. With 119 stops, he is the first Horned Frog with consecutive seasons of 100 tackles since Martin Patterson (2003-04).
* Linebacker Ty Summers is the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. He is second in the conference in tackles with 105.
* Running back Kyle Hicks tops TCU in rushing (894) and receptions (40). He is one of only four players nationally to lead his team in both categories.
* Wide receiver/return specialist KaVontae Turpin averages 15.1 yards each time he touches the ball.
* Safety Caylin Moore is a Rhodes Scholarship recipient and will study next fall at Oxford University.