Virginia Cavaliers tight end Jake McGee brings his Cavs to Fort Worth Saturday to challenge the Horned Frogs.
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Saturday, Sept. 22 (11 a.m. CT)
Television: ESPN and ESPN3D -- Dave Pasch (PBP), Brian Griese (color) Jenn Brown (sideline)
Radio: WBAP 820 AM and 96.7 FM, KTCU 88.7 FM, Sirius/XM Channel 91-- Brian Estridge (PBP), John Denton (color) Jeff Williams (sideline)
Spanish AM 1270 Univision Radio-- Miguel Cruz (PBP), Elvis Gallegos (color)
ABOUT THE GAME
*No. 16 TCU plays its second game in Amon G. Carter Stadium after its $164 million rebuild when it hosts Virginia.
*The Horned Frogs have the nation's longest current winning streak at 10 in a row.
*Saturday's contest marks TCU's 10th consecutive sellout at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
*TCU is facing an ACC opponent for just the third time since 1997. The previous two games were in the opening three weeks of the 2009 campaign, when the Frogs won at Virginia (30-14) and Clemson (14-10).
*TCU has its first pre-noon kickoff for a home game since an 11:10 a.m. start on Sept. 16, 2000, when the 21st-ranked Frogs won 41-14 over Northwestern behind LaDainian Tomlinson's 243 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
*Over the last eight seasons, TCU is 39-3 at home, 42-2 in day games and 70-5 when playing on a Saturday.
*TCU has its first home game at Amon G. Carter Stadium on ESPN since a 23-20 overtime victory over Utah on Sept. 15, 2005.
PROTECTING THE CARTER
*TCU has won 27 of its last 28 home games and is 57-7 under head coach Gary Patterson in Amon G. Carter Stadium.
*In its last 17 home dates, TCU has allowed just 22 touchdowns and outscored its opponents 793-194 (an average margin of 47-11).
*The Frogs have recorded seven shutouts in their past 34 home dates.
*Since 1999, TCU is 68-7 in its last 75 home games.
*TCU and Virginia are meeting for just the third time in their history and the first time in Fort Worth.
*The Frogs opened the 2009 campaign with a 30-14 win in Charlottesville. TCU has seven players on its current roster who played in that contest. Most notably, tailback Matthew Tucker had 38 yards rushing on 10 carries, while linebacker Kenny Cain recorded two tackles. Both Tucker and Cain were true freshmen.
*The only previous game between the schools was a 20-10 Cavalier victory in the 1994 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. The lone Frog to have been a part of that game was tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Dan Sharp. He was the TCU tight ends coach in 1994.
TIES TO THE STATE OF VIRGINIA
*TCU assistant head coach/offensive line coach Eddie Williamson was head coach at VMI from 1985-88.
*Quarterback Casey Pachall leads the nation in passing efficiency with a 242.4 rating. Pachall has completed 33-of-39 passes (84.6 percent) for 536 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Pachall set a TCU record last week with 16 consecutive completions dating back to last season.
*Wide receiver Josh Boyce is tied for TCU's career lead in receiving touchdowns with 17. He has nine catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns this season.
*Leading rusher Waymon James has 168 yards on a 9.9 per carry mark.
*TCU has not allowed a touchdown this season and in its last nine quarters dating back to the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl.
*The Frogs have played 15 true freshmen this season, tied with LSU and Ohio State for the most nationally.
*TCU has played more true freshmen (15) than it has scholarship seniors (11).
*With a 56-0 season-opening victory over Grambling State, Gary Patterson became TCU's all-time winningest coach. He is now 111-30. His .787 winning percentage ranks fourth nationally among active coaches.