Frogs Making Return to Valero Alamo Bowl

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The No. 15 TCU football team has been selected by the Valero Alamo Bowl to face No. 13 Stanford Dec. 28 in San Antonio. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. with the game televised on ESPN.

TCU (10-3) has reached 10 wins for the 11th time in Gary Patterson's 17 seasons as head coach. It's also the third time in four years and ninth time in the last 13 campaigns for the Horned Frogs to be in double digits in victories.

Over the last four seasons, TCU has the Big 12's second-best overall record (39-13) and conference mark (26-10).

The Horned Frogs will be making their second appearance in the last three seasons at the Valero Alamo Bowl and 15th trip to a bowl game in 17 years under Patterson. TCU also went to a bowl all three seasons (1998-00) when Patterson was defensive coordinator.

In its previous trip to the Valero Alamo Bowl, Jan. 2, 2016, TCU tied for the second-largest comeback in FBS history as it defeated Oregon 47-41 in triple overtime. The Horned Frogs trailed 31-0 at halftime.

"We're very excited and appreciative to be returning to San Antonio for the Valero Alamo Bowl," Patterson said. "(Valero Alamo Bowl President/CEO) Derrick Fox and his staff do a great job with hospitality. Being in San Antonio is also a positive for us in recruiting and our fans being able to make the trip. Stanford is an outstanding football team and will be a great challenge. We're looking forward to the opportunity to win our 11th game, sending our seniors out on a high note and building momentum for our offseason program and next year."

TCU and Stanford (9-4) will be meeting for just the third time. The Horned Frogs hold a 2-0 series lead after winning 38-36 in Palo Alto in 2007 before a 31-14 win at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth in 2008.

TCU is 5-0 versus Pac-12 opponents under Patterson. In addition to the past wins over Stanford and the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl victory over Oregon, the Horned Frogs had a 30-21 decision over No. 24 Oregon State in the 2010 Cowboys Classic in Arlington and a 13-10 overtime win at Arizona in 2003.

The Valero Alamo Bowl will mark the 33rd bowl appearance in TCU's history. The Horned Frogs are 15-16-1 in bowl games. TCU is 11-6 in bowls with Patterson on its coaching staff and 9-6 with him as head coach. He was named head coach prior to the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl. Before Patterson's arrival on campus in 1998, the Horned Frogs had just four bowl wins in their history.

TCU season-ticket holders and Frog Club members have until Monday at 5 p.m. to make ticket requests through the Horned Frogs Priority Points System. Requests can be made online at, calling 817.257.FROG (3764) or dropping by the Parrish Family Athletics Ticket Office in the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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