It’s the first big game of 2019 for TCU Football, who hit the road for the first time this season to take on the Purdue Boilermakers on their home field. The Frogs won their opener in week one, then enjoyed a “get-better week” as they watched the rest of the country play football. Now they face Purdue, who bounced-back from a season-opening loss to Nevada to whoop up on Vanderbilt in week two.
The winner of this game will get plenty of bragging rights as well as set themselves up for success with conference play looming. Here’s what you need to know to follow the Frogs if you can’t make it to the Hoosier State.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Venue: Ross-Ade Stadium (57,282)
Series Record: Purdue leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Purdue won, 15-0 (1970)
TV: Big Ten Network (BTN)
Talent: Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo
Radio: WBAP 820 AM, Sirius 105, XM 200, KTCU 88.7 FM
Spanish Radio: KFZO 99.1 FM
Talent: Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos
Fort Worth Watch Party: Punch Bowl Social (1100 Foch St, Fort Worth, TX 76107)
- Punch Bowl Social is the OFFICIAL location to watch away games during the 2019 season (9/14, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/23). Fans can enjoy happy hour pricing during the game when they wear their TCU gear, as well as a special TCU-themed Horned Frog Punch. You can also take the mic at karaoke and belt out the TCU Fight Song!
Speaking of that - Put it on your calendars now: The Frogs O’ War Podcast will be live from Punch Bowl Social on Monday, September 30th (ahead of the game at Iowa State) and Monday October 21st before the big matchup with Texas. Shows start at 6:30 - we hope to see you there!
ABOUT THE GAME
- After an open date, TCU makes its first road trip of the season when it travels to Purdue for a Saturday 7:30 p.m. EDT contest on Big Ten Network (BTN).
- The home-and-home series between the Horned Frogs and Boilermakers will continue in 2030 when Purdue comes to Fort Worth and Amon G. Carter Stadium.
- The Horned Frogs have the Big 12’s longest active winning streak at four games, a run that is tied for eighth nationally.
- TCU has won 13 of its last 17 regular-season games after an open date.
- TCU will be playing its only game this season outside the Central time zone.
- TCU is playing its first game in the Hoosier state since a 21-0 loss at Notre Dame on Oct. 28, 1972. The Horned Frogs began that season with a 31-28 win at Indiana.
- In his 19th season, TCU’s Gary Patterson is the nation’s second-longest tenured head coach. He trails only Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (21st year).
- TCU has five straight wins in its first road game of the season.
- TCU’s 39 road wins since 2009 are third in the nation. The Horned Frogs are 39-14 (.736) in that stretch.
- TCU’s 47-21 record (.691) in road and neutral-site games since 2009 is the nation’s sixth-best mark.
- TCU and Purdue are meeting for just the third time in their history and first since 1970.
- The Boilermakers won the last game between the teams by a 15-0 score on Sept. 19, 1970.
- The first meeting between the teams was a 42-35 victory by No. 18 Purdue in Fort Worth in 1969.
PATTERSON VERSUS THE BIG TEN
- TCU is 5-2 versus Big Ten opponents under Gary Patterson.- The Horned Frogs’ most recent road game against a Big Ten team was a 23-17 victory at Minnesota in the 2015 season opener.
- Among the Horned Frogs’ Big Ten wins under Patterson was a 21-19 decision over Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl to cap a 13-0 season.
FOURTH IS FINE FOR NOW
- The Horned Frogs were picked fourth in the 2019 Preseason Big 12 Media Preseason Poll.
- The last two times TCU was predicted fourth or lower, it won a Big 12 Championship (2014) and played in the Big 12 Championship Game (2017).
- In six of the last eight odd-numbered years (2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017), TCU has won at least 11 games.
- Over the last five seasons, TCU (48-19, 30-15) has the Big 12’s second-best overall and conference records.
- TCU is one of just six programs nationally to finish in the top 10 of the final polls at least three times (2014, 2015, 2017) in the last five seasons. The others are Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
- Gary Patterson’s 19 seasons as TCU’s head coach are more than the combined tenures of the 11 other FBS head coaches in the state of Texas.
- Under Patterson, TCU has posted seven top-10 finishes and 11 in the top 25. The Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games in 11 of the last 16 seasons.
- Patterson has accounted for 25.8 percent (168 of 652) of TCU’s all-time football victories.
- TCU is in the midst of a $100 million premium seating expansion of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Completion will be in time for the 2020 season.
HORNED FROGS TO WATCH
- Jalen Reagor has a touchdown catch in eight of his last nine games. His 18 career scoring receptions, in just over two seasons, place third in TCU history.
- TreVontae Hights’ eight receptions for 108 yards in the season opener surpassed his career total of six catches over his first three seasons combined.
- Garret Wallow had a career-high 13 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss with a sack, to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors in the opener.
- Jeff Gladney tied for second nationally among cornerbacks in 2018 in lowest completion percentage allowed when targeted (33.3, 23-of-69). He was No. 1 in the Big 12 in lowest passer rating allowed (46.9).