TCU HORNED FROGS | 2021 Record: 0-0 (Big 12: 0-0) | Rankings: AP: RV; Coaches: RV
DUQUESNE DUKES | 2021 Record: 0-0 (NEC: 0-0) | Rankings: RV (Stats Perform FCS poll)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium (46,000)
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: N/A
TV: Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Talent: Chuckie Kempf, Ryan Leaf
Radio: WBAP 820 AM, SiriusXM 83
Talent: Brian Estridge, John Denton, Landry Burdine
Spanish Radio: Zona MX 99.1 FM
Talent: Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos
ABOUT THE GAME
- TCU opens the 2021 season on Saturday with a 7 p.m. home game versus Duquesne.
- Dating back to last season, the Horned Frogs have won their last three games to tie for the 10th-longest active winning streak in the nation. They have also won five of their past six contests.
- Based on votes received, TCU is 28th in the Associated Press poll and 32nd in the USA Today Coaches ranking.
- The Horned Frogs will be playing on Sept. 4 for the first time since the 2010 opener, when they defeated No. 22 Oregon State, 30-21, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington en route to a 13-0 season and Rose Bowl Championship.
- TCU and Duquesne are meeting for the first time.
- The Horned Frogs are facing an opponent from Pennsylvania for the first time since a 1978 game at Penn State.
HOME SWEET HOME
- TCU is opening a season with four straight home games for just the second time (1979) in its history.
- The Horned Frogs are 92-27 under Head Coach Gary Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
- TCU is 47-8 in home night games under Patterson.
- TCU is opening at home for just the 10th time in Gary Patterson’s 21 seasons as head coach. During that stretch, the Horned Frogs have had 10 home dates, nine road games and two neutral-site contests (Arlington, Texas).
- TCU is 15-5 in season debuts under Patterson and 75-40-9 overall in openers.
- TCU has won six of its last seven season openers and 15 of the past 18, including victories over No. 5 Oklahoma in 2005 and No. 22 Oregon State in 2010.
- TCU is 18-2 in home openers under Head Coach Gary Patterson with victories in 18 of the last 19.
- TCU returns 18 starters (eight defensive, 10 offensive) from last season.
- Over the last seven seasons, TCU is tied for the Big 12’s second-best conference record (38-25) and has the third-best overall mark (58-30).
- TCU is one of just seven programs nationally to finish with an Associated Press Top-10 final ranking in at least three of the last seven seasons (2014, 2015, 2017). The others are Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Penn State.
- TCU head coach Gary Patterson, at 21 seasons, is the nation’s second-longest tenured head coach, trailing only Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (23rd year).
- Patterson has released two music singles in which he wrote and provided lead vocals on, “Take A Step Back” and “Game On.”
HORNED FROGS TO WATCH
- TCU has three Preseason All-Americans in punt returner Derius Davis, cornerback Tre’Vius HodgesTomlinson and defensive end Ochaun Mathis.
- Davis led the Big 12 and ranked fifth nationally last season in punt return average at 14.5 yards. He was one of only three players in the FBS with two punt returns for touchdowns and is tied for second in TCU history with three career punt return TDs on just 17 attempts.
- Hodges-Tomlinson was rated by Pro Football Focus last season as the nation’s highest-graded cornerback in coverage at 90.6, allowing just 12 catches on 45 targets over the final nine games of the season. PFF had him forcing tight coverage on over 57 percent of his targets, the highest rate in the country among Power Five cornerbacks.
- Mathis led the conference and ranked 12th nationally in sacks per game at 0.9. He recorded a team-best 9.0 sacks in just 10 games for the most by a Horned Frog since Mat Boesen had 11.5 in 2017. Mathis placed second on TCU with 14.0 tackles for loss which ranked third in the Big 12 and tied for 12th in the FBS.
- Since it began Big 12 play in 2012, TCU has had over $400 million in donor-funded athletics facilities upgrades. The most recent project was the $113 million Legends Club & Suites which opened in Fall 2020 on the east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium.