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These two were key cogs in a TCU victory the last time the Horned Frogs faced off against the Bulldogs of La Tech.
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GAME 10: Louisiana Tech

DATE: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020

TIME: 6 p.m.

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

SERIES RECORD: TCU leads, 1-0

LAST MEETING: TCU won, 31-24 (2011)

TV: FS1 (Cory Provus, Robert Smith)

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 will close the 2020 regular season when it hosts Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

• The Horned Frogs have won four of their last five games.

• The Bulldogs were added to TCU’s slate on Dec. 2. LA Tech replaced SMU, who was scheduled for Sept. 12 before the game was postponed. SMU was required to keep Dec. 12 open in case additional AAC schedule changes needed to be made. SMU head coach Sonny Dykes was LA Tech’s head coach when the Horned Frogs and Bulldogs last played in the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl.

• With six home games and road contests at Texas and Baylor, eight of the Horned Frogs’ 10 scheduled contests in 2020 were in state.

• TCU is 91-27 in 20 seasons under head coach Gary Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

• The Horned Frogs are 46-8 in home night games under Patterson.

SERIES HISTORY

• TCU and Louisiana Tech are meeting for just the second time.

• The No. 16 Horned Frogs defeated the Bulldogs, 31-24, in the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.

NOTABLES FROM THE LAST LA TECH GAME

• TCU’s 31-24 win over Louisiana Tech in the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl marked TCU’s final contest as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Horned Frogs began Big 12 play the following season.

• The victory was the 109th for TCU head coach Gary Patterson, tying him with Dutch Meyer (1934-52) for the most in school history. Patterson broke the record in the 2012 season opener with a 56-0 win over Grambling State in the first game at the new Amon G. Carter Stadium.

FROM THE BOOT

• TCU has 10 Louisiana natives on its roster: defensive tackle Earl Barquet (Marrero), cornerback C.J. Ceasar (Monroe), safety Bud Clark (Alexandria), defensive end Khari Coleman (New Orleans), wide receiver Derius Davis (Saint Francisville), center Kellton Hollins (Zachary), defensive tackle Patrick Jenkins (New Orleans), tight end Artayvious Lynn (Bossier City), safety Ar’Darius Washington (Shreveport) and linebacker Garret Wallow (New Orleans).

• TCU director of high school relations Brett Lemoine arrived on campus in 2017. He was previously offensive coordinator (2004-16) at Neville High School in Monroe, La.

TCU NOTABLES

• Over the last six seasons, TCU has the Big 12’s third-best conference record (38-25) and overall mark (57-30).

• 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 5-0 this season and 100-8 under Patterson when rushing for at least 200 yards.

• TCU has 17 sacks in the last five games after totaling five in the opening four contests.

• TCU safety and All-America candidate Trevon Moehrig has been named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Moehrig had the game-saving interception in the win over Oklahoma State. His nine takeaways over the last two seasons are tied for second nationally.

• Linebacker Garret Wallow has a team-best 77 tackles and has reached double figures in stops in five of the last seven games. His 282 career tackles place fifth for most stops in the 20-season head coaching tenure of Patterson.

• Defensive end Khari Coleman tops all freshmen nationally with 13.5 tackles for loss. It ranks second overall in the Big 12 and 11th in the FBS.

• Cornerback Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson is first in the Big 12 and second in the FBS with 13 pass breakups.

Derius Davis is second nationally in punt return average at 18.9 yards. He is chasing the TCU season record of 20.8 set last year by Philadelphia Eagles’ first-round draft pick Jalen Reagor. Davis is tied for second in TCU history with three punt returns for touchdowns, including two this season, on just 13 career attempts.