These two teams seem to play a lot of fun games, and there’s no reason to think Saturday won’t be more of the same. Since most of us won’t be in Morgantown, here’s how to keep tabs on TCU as they look to make it three straight in the victory column.
DATE: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020
TIME: 11 a.m. CST
LOCATION: Morgantown, W. Va. (Milan Puskar Stadium)
SERIES RECORD: West Virginia leads, 5-4
LAST MEETING: West Virginia won, 20-17 (2019)
TV: FOX (Joe Davis, Mark Helfrich)
SPANISH RADIO: KFZO 99.1 FM (Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos)
ABOUT THE GAME
• TCU leaves Texas for the first time this season when it travels to West Virginia for a Saturday 11 a.m. CST game.
• With six home games and road contests at Texas and Baylor, eight of the Horned Frogs’ 10 scheduled contests in 2020 are in state.
• TCU will be making the first of just two flights this season.
• TCU and West Virginia began Big 12 play together in 2012.
• TCU head coach Gary Patterson is 4-4 as a head coach versus West Virginia with all eight games taking place since both programs joined the Big 12.
• Last week’s 34-18 victory over Texas Tech gave Patterson 200 overall wins as a Horned Frog. He has 175 victories as a head coach while being part of 25 wins as defensive coordinator (1998-00). TCU is 200-83 (.707) with Patterson on its sideline.
• TCU is 2-0 on the road this season and has won three of its last four away contests.
• Since 2009, TCU is tied for third nationally with 43 road wins. The Horned Frogs are 43-19 (.694) in that stretch.
• TCU’s 51-25 record (.671) in road and neutral-site games since 2009 is seventh-best nationally.
• TCU’s 33-18 mark (.647) in conference road games since 2009 is 11th-best in the FBS.
• The Horned Frogs are 21-18 on the road in their Big 12 history.
• TCU and West Virginia are facing each other for the 10th time with the Mountaineers holding a 5-4 series lead. All but one meeting has come since the schools began Big 12 play together in 2012.
• Prior to 2012, the only previous game between TCU and West Virginia was a 31-14 Mountaineers’ win in the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl at the Astrodome in Houston.
• The road team won the first three meetings in the Big 12 series with each game decided on the final play. Last year’s 20-17 West Virginia victory in Fort Worth snapped a four-game winning streak for the home team.
• TCU is 2-2 against the Mountaineers in Morgantown, 2-2 in Fort Worth and 0-1 at neutral sites (1984 Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston).
• The first three Big 12 meetings (2012-14) between TCU and West Virginia were decided on the game’s final play, including two in overtime.
• The Horned Frogs won their initial two Big 12 games in Morgantown on the game’s final snap.
• In its first-ever visit to Morgantown in 2012, TCU took a 39-38 double-overtime victory on a 2-point pass from Trevone Boykin to Josh Boyce.
• TCU won the 2014 contest in Morgantown, 31-30, on a Jaden Oberkrom 37-yard field goal as time expired.• West Virginia won 30-27 in overtime in Fort Worth in 2013.
• Over the last six seasons, TCU has the Big 12’s third-best conference record (36-24) and overall mark (55-29).
• TCU is one of just seven programs nationally to finish in the top 10 of the final polls at least three times (2014, 2015, 2017) in the last six seasons. The others are Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Penn State.
• TCU had five 11-win seasons last decade, equaling the combined number of the 11 other FBS programs in Texas.
• Patterson, at 20 seasons, is the nation’s second-longest tenured head coach, trailing only Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (22nd year)
.• Patterson recently released two music singles in which he wrote and provided lead vocals on, “Take A Step Back” and “Game On.”
• The Horned Frogs have just nine scholarship seniors on this year’s team.
• TCU is 3-0 this season and 98-8 under Patterson when rushing for at least 200 yards.
• TCU has 10 sacks in the last two games after totaling five in the opening four contests.