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The Horned Frogs need a win at home in the worst way. Can they pick it up over a hated rival?

TCU v Texas Tech Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images

The Saddle Trophy is up for grabs Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth, and when these two teams get together, weird things happen.

You’ll want to watch, so here’s how you can do exactly that.

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020

TIME: 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Fort Worth, Texas (Amon G. Carter Stadium)

SERIES RECORD: Texas Tech leads, 32-27-3

LAST MEETING: TCU won, 33-31 (2019)

TV: FS1 (Eric Collins, Ben Leber)

RADIO: WBAP 820 AM, KTCU 88.7 FM (Brian Estridge, John Denton, Landry Burdine)

SPANISH RADIO: KFZO 99.1 FM (Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos)

ABOUT THE GAME

  • • TCU looks to continue the momentum from a 33-23 win at Baylor when it hosts Texas Tech on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
  • • Since TCU began Big 12 play in 2012, the road team has won six of eight games in the series.
  • • TCU head coach Gary Patterson and Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells first crossed paths in Logan, Utah. Patterson was the secondary coach at Utah State from 1992-94. It overlapped with Wells’ first three seasons as an Aggies’ quarterback (1992-96).
  • • A TCU victory on Saturday would give Patterson 200 overall wins as a Horned Frog. He has 174 victories as a head coach while being part of 25 wins as defensive coordinator (1998-00). TCU is 199-83 (.706) with Patterson on its sideline.
  • • Dating back to last season’s 33-31 win at Texas Tech, TCU has scored 33 points in each of its last three wins, all on the road against in-state Big 12 opponents (at Texas Tech, at Texas, at Baylor).

SADDLE TROPHY

  • • A longtime tradition was renewed in 2017 when TCU and Texas Tech battled for the Saddle Trophy. The teams used to compete annually in the West Texas Championship for the Saddle Trophy, before it went away in the early 1970s.
  • • Thanks to M.L. Leddy’s Boots & Saddlery of Fort Worth, the Saddle Trophy returned and headed to Fort Worth after TCU’s 27-3 victory in Lubbock.
  • • The Saddle Trophy sits on a stand and includes the logos for TCU and Texas Tech. Scores for 60-plus years of the rivalry are represented on the stand.

SERIES HISTORY

  • • Texas Tech holds a 32-27-3 edge over TCU in the all-time series that began with a 28-16 Horned Frogs’ win in Fort Worth in 1926.
  • • TCU is 19-14 versus the Red Raiders in Fort Worth and 8-18-3 in Lubbock.
  • • TCU’s last three trips to Jones AT&T Stadium (2015, 55-52; 2017, 27-3; 2019, 33-31) mark the only time in program history it has won consecutive games in Lubbock.

FAMILIAR FACES

  • • Two members of TCU’s staff have spent time at Texas Tech.
  • • TCU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie came to the Horned Frogs after four seasons as an assistant coach at Texas Tech (2010-13).
  • • Cumbie was the Red Raiders’ starting quarterback as a senior in 2004. One of his top receiving targets was current Tech outside receivers coach Joel Filani.
  • • TCU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Chad Glasgow was Texas Tech’s defensive coordinator in 2011.
  • • Texas Tech associate head coach/special teams coordinator/assistant offensive line coach Mark Tommerdahl was TCU’s tight ends and special teams coach from 1998-00, Gary Patterson’s three seasons as the Horned Frogs’ defensive coordinator.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • • TCU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie has been on both sides of scoring history in the TCU-Texas Tech series.
  • • He helped lead the Horned Frogs to single-game TCU and Big 12 scoring records with an 82-27 victory over the Red Raiders in 2014.
  • • The most points ever allowed by TCU under Gary Patterson was in 2004, when Cumbie was the starting quarterback for Texas Tech in its 70-35 win.

TCU NOTABLES

  • • Over the last six seasons, TCU has the Big 12’s third-best conference record (35-24) and overall mark (54-29).
  • • 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 10 scholarship seniors on this year’s team.